One of the few things that hubby & I did NOT get to do when we were in Philly this summer was visit Independence Hall. We went to Independence Park & walked around the grounds, visiting Congress Hall. This time my super-duper BFF got reserved tickets so we didn’t have to wait in line & they didn’t sell out for the day before we got there. We enjoyed waiting outside as the leaves were falling & fluttering down all around us on this windy fall afternoon.
Our group started out sitting in a little room with a large painting of the debates where she explained a few background facts & gave a brief historical overview to the many tourists & foreign visitors. Next, we went onto the tour portion where we our first stop was the out Quaker courtroom. Probably my favorite part of the building is the stunning hallway & ceiling between the courtroom and the main Assembly room.
This is it- the Assembly room is where history happened & the highlight of the tour. Here, in this room, the Declaration of Independence was debated and signed, and the Constitution was drafted here in 1787. That’s the actual chair that George Washington sat in!
Another beautiful part of the tour is the back exit, where a ornate staircase that wraps around the room as it ascends is bathed in sunlight from the giant windows all around.
The outside of the building was undergoing some renovation & was covered in scaffolding. Since I didn’t have anything to take pictures of while I was waiting, I decided it was a good time for some friend photos!
GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: Yard Phase 2 is done- so excited to see it during the daylight today.