Saturday, October 29, 2011

Visiting the City of Brotherly Love

I got in a little later than I thought last night, but no matter, this morning I was up and at them at the crack of dawn. I made my way to Philadelphia and first, and foremost, the Masonic Temple of the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. The building and all of its rooms were beautiful and immense. Here are some photos:

Oriental Hall

Gothic Hall

Ionic Hall

Egyptian Hall

Norman Hall

Renaissance Hall

Corinthian Hall

After having some lunch, I walked around the areas surrounding Independence Hall. I first stopped by the Graff House, or Declaration House, where Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. Sadly the original house burnt down, but they had replicas and some displays.

I walked over to the Burial Yard of the Old Christ Church to look upon the grave of the good Brother Benjamin Franklin.

Finally, it was time to go tour Independence Hall. I was able to get into an earlier than scheduled tour with a very enthusiastic tour guide. He explained to us the history of the buildings.

I then walked around Independence Square.

Then crossed over to Washington Square to see the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier.

As I had only maybe 2-hours of sleep under my belt I was feeling sluggish so I made the trek back to Harrisburg. Now here I lay, getting ready for bed, and looking forward to tomorrow's speeches at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown.

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