In these pages, we like harping on the matter of our little town’s proximity to pretty much anything interesting. There’s of course ‘The City’ as the we like to call NYC and the hundreds of activities it offers. But 72 miles south of the Brainy Borough is another gem that’s on top of our list of places to visit every now and then. An hour and a half drive whether by the Turnpike of through Route 1 is Philadelphia, specifically on this trip – we visited (again), Independence Hall.
Independence Hall is the centerpiece of Independence National Historical Park located in on Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th Streets. Known primarily as the location where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted, the building was completed in 1753 as the Pennsylvania State House for the Province of Pennsylvania. It became the principal meeting place of the Second Continental Congress from 1775 to 1783 and was the site of the Constitutional Convention in the summer of 1787. The building is part of Independence National Historic Park and is listed as a World Heritage Site.
The bell tower steeple of Independence Hall was the original home of the “Liberty Bell” and today it holds a “Centennial Bell” that was created for the United States Centennial Exposition in 1876. The original Liberty Bell, with its distinctive crack, is now on display across the street in the Liberty Bell Center.
So enjoy the photos below and maybe perhaps one weekend, take a a day trip south of Metuchen and take in some history.