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Declaration House (Graff House) - CLOSED

Seventh and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215 597 8974
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Type: Historic Sites
Description: Where, Thomas Jefferson, seeking a quiet place in which to write, drafted the Declaration of Independence in June 1776.

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Reston, Virginia
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160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

This is a very cool and historically significant place, and they've done a great job interpreting the rooms Jefferson rented. The first floor exhibit was small, but it got the point across. The second floor was good as far as the historic rooms Jefferson rented, but then there was another section that I didn't quite understand. Maybe they're making improvements... More

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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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212 reviews 212 reviews
93 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

I stood in awe looking at the rooms where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. I also enjoyed the five minute introductory video. If you like to see where famous people lived and did important things, you will like this house and should visit it. If you don't care about this sort of thing, there are MANY other places... More

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Carmel, Indiana
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012 via mobile

The Graf house or declaration house is at 6th and market st. It is a reproduction of the original house which was demolished in 1888. On the second floor is a reproduction of Jefferson's bedroom and study in which he wrote the declaration. Price is free and it is open from 12-4

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81 reviews 81 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

This is a spot that can be easily overlooked, but fascinating, so check it out.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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125 reviews 125 reviews
70 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

You wouldn't go to see this on its own, but if you are in the historical area in Philadelphia, you can stop by to get an additional glimpse of history

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

An important piece of history. The guides are well-informed and extremely intelligent. I would definitely suggest a visit! I just wish there was more to do here...

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New York City, New York
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

So the actual house that Jefferson wrote the Declaration in stood beside of the official building you'll visit. One of the neatest parts, to me as a writer, was the blown up copy of his edited draft. An exhibit also shows words and phrases seen in the Constitution that were used in prior similar documents. You can also see a... More

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