Friday, March 13, 2009
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Independence Hall
This used to be known as the Pennsylvania State House. Now it's Independence Hall. Whatever you call it, it probably is the most famous room in American history. Here representatives of the 13 colonies decided that living under British rule was intolerable, and declared indpendence.
If you take the tour, you quickly get the idea how much guts it took to take that step. No one had ever run off and started a country before. Everyone who signed the Declaration thought they were signing their own death sentence. Yet it worked, and the actions of the men who spent the summer of 1776 in this room still inspire us today.
You'll need a ticket to get in, so stop first thing in the morning of your visit to get one. Security in the area has been heightened since 9/11, so keep that in mind too.