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“Where it all began!”
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Congress Hall
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Owner description: Home of the United States Congress when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital from 1790 to 1800.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Where it all began!”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

This is where it all began, our nations birth place. It used to be wide open and anyone could just walk in, but now you need tickets. It is easy to get them at the visitor center across the street. I highly recomend the Tour. So much history and not boring.

Visited August 2011
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St. Louis, Missouri
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“One of the Most Overlooked Sites in Philly”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

This is where Congress met before moving to DC. The downstairs was the House of Representatives and upstairs was the Senate. It is beautiful and the tour offers a great deal of history about the first transfer of power by election, and other famous firsts.

This is one of the best places to visit before or after visiting Independence Hall!!

Visited June 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“VERY important part of history!”
Reviewed June 29, 2012

Our park ranger/guide was excellent and very informative. This is truly where everything culminated. Yes, Independence Hall (The State House) is important and significant, but Congress Hall is the place where the details got hammered out in real time. Make sure you go!!!!! This is the "real" original capitol of the US.

Visited June 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Part of History”
Reviewed May 30, 2012

Comgress Hall was part of the signing process of the Declaration of Independence. Great History lesson.

Visited August 2011
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Acton, Massachusetts
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“Great for folks well versed in history”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

Unlike the Independence Hall visit, Congress Hall was dominated by a history lesson. I could tell that some of the younger kids were a bit lost. For my family and me, it was very worthwhile. The ranger talked for about 20 minutes on the role of Congress back in the 18th Century, the birth of our two party system, and how political infighting was far worse with Washington, Jefferson, and Hamilton than even today.

Since it's just a hop, jump, and skip from Independence Hall, Congress Hall is worth seeing right after that. But there's much more listening than walking and seeing, so if you traveling with children who can't yet spell "Congress", you might wait until they're a bit older.

Visited April 2012
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