What are the most interesting sites linked to Benjamin Franklin?
Benjamin Franklin House in London is the only surviving former residence of Benjamin Franklin. A terraced Georgian house located close to Trafalgar Square, the site operates as a museum and examines the time Franklin spent in London as well as his wider life and work.
Independence Hall in Philadelphia is one of the most important landmarks in US history, being the site where the nation declared independence from Great Britain by signing the Declaration of Independence. Independence Hall is now part of Independence National Historical Park, which also encompasses a myriad of important sites such as Congress Hall and Liberty Bell Centre sprawled over 55 acres within the City of Philadelphia.
Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia is home to a plethora of significant national landmarks. From Independence Hall which was the site where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed and Congress Hall, seat of Congress from 1790 to 1800, to the home of Benjamin Franklin, Independence Park offers visitors in-depth insight into the founding of the United States of America.
Old South Meeting House was an important 18th century meeting place and the site where the Boston Tea Party began. On 6 March 1770, the day after the Boston Massacre, crowds gathered at the Old South Meeting House to object to the incident where British troops killed five citizens after shooting at a protest group. Around 5,000 people had crowded into the hall to participate and, when the debate failed to reach a solution, Samuel Adams led the crowd to throw 342 chests of tea into the harbour at Griffin’s Wharf. This became known as the Boston Tea Party. Benjamin Franklin regularly attended meetings here.