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Christ Church Cemetery

Philadelphia, PA
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Ranked #84 of 281 attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Cemeteries
Description: Buried here are signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
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New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

There is a nominal fee to enter this cemetery, but it's worth it. Several famous people are buried here, most notably Ben Franklin. (Be sure to throw a penny for good luck!) Almost all the names and information on the graves have been worn away over time but there are markers that point out the notable people. We paid a... More

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Asheville, NC
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274 reviews 274 reviews
118 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This cemetery, the burial ground for Christ Church, isn't located by the church. It's just off of Independence Mall. While it includes the grave for Benjamin Franklin and other signers of the Declaration of Independence, that isn't the reason you should take the tour. The main reason for going inside is to get another view of what life was like... More

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Rogers, Arkansas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Very interesting cemetery. We were fortunate enough to be there during Memorial weekend and arrive here during a Memorial ceremony which was quiet touching. Many of the headstones are worn and broken but still interesting knowing Ben Franklin lies there.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

After the hustle and bustle of Independence Square, it was nice to walk around a quiet place. Being a genealogist, looking at the names and dates of the people and families buried there was interesting. Just think of the history some of these people lived through.

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Missoula, Montana
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192 reviews 192 reviews
56 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

For whatever reason, I was not able to get into the cemetery. No one was in it, and it was locked up tight on a Wednesday afternoon. There are signs about it, but it was locked up tight. I was glad that after searching for it in the pouring rain, I glanced down to see a grave with many pennies... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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90 reviews 90 reviews
27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We found this place on a map and were glad we searched it out. Very simple, but meaningful and the walk into the church was an added bonus

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Top Contributor
225 reviews 225 reviews
172 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

The Christ Church Burial Grounds was something I just stumbled upon as I wandered around Philly. And it was delightful surprise. The charges was only a few dollars and they had a very nice souvenir map for sale for just 2 bucks that showed where all the graves were. The most important one to visit is of course Benjamin Franklin's... More

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Sydney, Australia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
61 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

This cemetery or 'Burial Ground' is a fascinating place for those who love history. Loving the information gleaned in cemeteries and being from the Land Down Under, I found the plots of the 'Signers' very informative. Easy walking on flat ground, excellently maintained with courteous greetings as you enter the gates and lots of happy faced squirrels. Tomb of Benjamin... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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160 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

While you can see Ben Franklin's grave for free through the fence, the rest of the cemetery is interesting, too and worth a walk if you enjoy history or want some pretty good photos. Franklin's grave is nothing special, it's rather flat, but you can sit on a nearby bench and contemplate his contributions and/or career as a pelvic mercenary.

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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289 attraction reviews
419 helpful votes 419 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

I don't really begrudge the church for making a little money to defray cemetery expenses, but the map really should be included with admission. Other than that, my only criticism is possibly impractical, but... So many of the headstone inscriptions are falling victim to time and inconsiderate visitors, it's a shame some of the more significant markers can't be protected... More

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