We found that Philadelphia had "Duck" tours as well and since we had to miss them at Boston we decided to get tickets for them as well.
The tour of Independence Hall was really good and very powerful. They had a brief talk about the different events that had occurred there - the meetings and then creating of the declaration of Independence and then years later the Constitution. We then got to see the room where the actual meetings occurred. It was really awe inspiring knowing that this was the location that our country really was born. The Declaration of Independence was really a list of all of the people that could have been called deserters had the war not gone America's way. They were literally signing away their lives. As things did go America's way, having to piece together a full governmental operating system and basically commit to making it work would have been an incredible challenge. It really hit Stace and I being in the same place it all took place. I don't think the little boys had the same feelings but we tried to convey how important what happened there was.
|The court room inside Independence Hall|
|This is the room where the Continental Congress met to come up with|
the Declaration of Independence. President of the Congress,
John Hancock really sat in the chair at the front of the
|Our family at Independence Hall|
We also saw Congress Hall which is where congress operated for the first 10 years while Washington DC was being developed to house congress. It was also very powerful to see those rooms and understand the types of situations and challenges they had to go through during those beginning years. It really made me appreciate how leadership and commitment are critical to obtaining good results.
|In Congress Hall, original chair where Presidents Washington|
and then Adams sat
|Senate Room at Congress Hall-Note the seal on|
the ceiling painted in 1786ish
After the Independence Hall tour, we were going to see the Liberty Bell, but by that time there was a long line waiting to get into the exhibit. Instead we decided to go to where Benjamin Franklin's house used to be as well as where the first post office was. Brynna was able to mail a letter there and get the postmark of the office which is pretty cool. We also saw a printing press in use like what they would have used back then to print the Declaration.
|Printing Press Demonstration|
|Kids really enjoyed getting to do a Duck Tour|
|When the Duck Tour splashed into the Delaware River|
|When the Duck Boat Captain started playing the|
Chicken Dance song
|Betsy Ross House|
After the tour we walked down to a house where Edgar Allan Poe lived for a while. The kids did the Junior Ranger program which they seemed to enjoy. Brighton even bought a book of the complete works of Edgar Allan Poe. Not my cup of tea as he was always too morbid of a writer for me but Brighton seems to enjoy it.
Finally we were all dragging as it was about 2PM and we found a place to have lunch. It was pretty touristy and the food was pretty bad. We did not do the Philly cheese steak stuff as neither of us really likes onions.
|Hard to believe we were really there|
|Little Boys used some of their "experience money" from|
Grams & Gramps to buy their own cotton candy flavored
ice cream dots
The list of favorites for the kids for today are:
- Brighton - Edgar Allan Poe house
- Brynna - Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell
- Spencer - Independence Hall
- Ben - Duck tour & Ice Cream
|Here's our campground that we got to come home to tonight|