Philadelphia Liberty Trail: Trace the Path of America's Heritage

Philadelphia Liberty Trail: Trace the Path of America's Heritage

Michael Milne, Larissa Milne

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 1493001574

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Winner of a 2015 Book-of-the-Year award from the Society of American Travel Writers Eastern Chapter.

Experience the founding of America in the city where it all began by strolling the newly created Philadelphia Liberty Trail. This guide takes a fresh approach to the historic district; going beyond such popular sights as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, highlighting attractions and unique spots overlooked by other guidebooks. Philadelphia Liberty Trail provides the colorful history of each sight along with practical travel information. Historic tidbits sprinkled throughout engage visitors of all ages:

• Learn the shocking story of Benjamin Franklin’s electric turkey experiment.

• Tour the sight of the first bank robbery in America in 1798, and learn how the hapless criminal was captured when he deposited the pilfered funds back into the very same bank.

• Read about the unsung Quaker woman who saved George Washington's army from destruction.

Easy to follow maps break the trail into segments. It also includes suggested side trips to area attractions such as Valley Forge and Fort Mifflin. Complete with lodging, dining, family-friendly options, and practical travel information, Philadelphia Liberty Trail immerses visitors in history right where it happened.

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ballroom. One Degree of Kevin Bacon The catalyst for the renovation of Society Hill was nationally known city planner Edmund Bacon. Not only did he make the cover of Time magazine for his efforts, he’s also the father of actor, and Philadelphia native, Kevin Bacon. Washington Square 6th and Walnut Streets No Walden sky was ever more blue than the roof of Washington Square this morning. —Christopher Morley, Travels in Philadelphia, 1920 When William Penn laid out his “greene Country Towne”

Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI/NISO Z39.48-1992. All the information in this guidebook is subject to change. We recommend that you call ahead to obtain current information before traveling. Dedicated to our parents, who encouraged us to see the world Contents Title Page Copyright About the Authors Acknowledgments Introduction Welcome to Philadelphia Independence Mall South Independence Visitor Center President’s House Site Liberty Bell Independence Hall Old City Hall

since. Physick himself lived in the house until he died in 1837. Tours are offered today by Del Conner, a descendant of Dr. Physick. With his family’s heritage, he imparts a unique insight and familiarity with the home. Many of the heirlooms you’ll see are ones he grew up with. As a child he even played with one of the naval swords on display; it was presented at Independence Hall to his great-­great-­grandfather Commodore David Conner for gallantry during the War of 1812. Physick House

Philadelphia, PA 19144; (215) 965-2305;­germantownwhitehouse.htm. Note: Due to federal budget cutbacks the Germantown White House is occasionally closed, so check first before visiting. Fort Mifflin: Fort Mifflin flies under the radar, both literally and figuratively, in the Philadelphia region. Most locals are not aware of it due to its remote location, straddling the eastern edge of the main runways at Philadelphia International Airport. Eagle-­eyed

St.; 215-925-0000; Only 1 block from Independence Hall, most of this hotel’s 150 rooms and suites overlook leafy Independence Park and the Second Bank of the United States. Wi-­Fi is free for Omni loyalty members. Penn’s View Hotel (Front and Market Streets; 215-922-7600; Boutique hotel comprised of several former townhouses with 51 rooms and suites. Rooms facing Front Street boast spectacular views of the river and Ben Franklin Bridge; however, they also

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