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“Old Enough to Remember 40 Years Back.”

Independence National Historical Park
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Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
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Owner description: One of the most famous square miles in the United States, the park is home to the Liberty Bell, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Independence Hall.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Old Enough to Remember 40 Years Back.”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Independence Hall stood as the single place that Philadelphians held as their own in the sense that it was a pleasant and solid friend--the most important building in America and it was there at your elbow. You'd feel it as an old friend. The Liberty Bell was, back then, right inside the main doors, so it was up and in for a quick or lingering look, touching it without it feeling but that it was an old friend. In the summertime the doors were open and you'd look in to see a shadowed view which gave me deep feeling a bit mixed, in a way like its history. Now, I was a radical back then and Independence Hall would be the place to go when issues of national importance were brought pungently in signage, but silently and open to 'read' such if they chose to do so. When the Hall was built, when it had established itself as the place of our new country's 'business', the shaping of 'the people's will' it was no home to demonstrations, but to gatherings of a more intimate form to doing the will of the people in making our laws. But to the quick: Almost from the first it was a place of argument, the kind of speech that helped make this country free. So the big protests held there in the 60's through the mid-eighties of the 20th century were an accepted form of free speech. As a frequent 'protester' in front of the Hall I'd look inside--the doors in the summertime were always open during the day--and I'd feel a comfort of seeing the bell in the warm and unlit station for visitors and this protestor's eyes. Times have changed. And as a seventy-plus Philadelphian, my feelings for the Hall and 'the bell' have never lost the warmth for their meaning that goes beyond mere history. The rough skin of history is part of the way of it today and till I die. God bless America!

Visited April 2012
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Cold Spring, New York
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“America's Foundation”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

Well developed area leads to the Liberty Bell framed by Independence Hall behind it. Touring Independence Hall was so educational.

Visited March 2013
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Much more to see and do”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

There are many more things to see at the historical park other than Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. There are the First and Second Banks of the United States, Carpenters' Hall where the first Continental Congress met, a few historical houses. All of the park itself is free but places place Christ Church Burial Ground costs around $2 per head to enter. All in all it is a great park with a lot of history.

Visited March 2013
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bourg la reine
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“very interesting”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

many activities for different audiences at the same place. The constitution center in particular is quite interesting and pedagogic without being boring.

Visited February 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Don't miss Congress Hall”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

Everyone goes to Indepence Hall, but don't forget Congress Hall and make sure you go upstairs. Contrast the difference between the House and the Senate. The Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the United States is a good place to put names and faces together. I was glad to see they had information about each person. Interesting portrait of Lafayette made during a return visit to the U.S. This isn't the usual square shouldered portrait. I probably would not take my kids.

Visited February 2013
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