PA was the largest producer of iron before and after the American Revolution. In 1776 they had more forges than all other colonies combined. During the Civil War they concentrated their efforts on cannons and supporting equipment for the war effort.
They sure built some beautiful stoves!
|pots, pans, stoves, fireplace screens, all kinds of iron things|
|Over the years this is my 3rd visit to this symbol of American freedom|
The First Continental Congress meet in this building, Carpenters Hall, in the fall of 1774 to decide what to do about Britain not listening to their problems. By the next meeting in May of 1775 of the Second Continental Congress, blood had already been shed at Lexington and Concord. The cry of independence had sounded.
|6 judges presided over the original Supreme Court|
|Independence Hall, we had to go through security to gain access to this hallowed building as well|
Inside Independence Hall, a court room:
|Stairs to upper floor in Independence Hall|
|Banquet room where all would adjourn to relax and have a bite after debating|
|several rooms in the hall were used for various things over the years, at one time this room was used to store weapons|
|the inkwell used to sign the Declaration of Independence|
When outside Independence Hall taking pics, Mike asked if that was a bald eagle to the right of the tower....yep
How cool was that!
|standing where Ben Franklins house used to be looking at the building that housed his book store and bindery|
|had to pass by China town on the way to the market, a beautiful entry|