Philadelphia Getaway

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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The “City of Brotherly Love” was so proclaimed by William Penn, who believed that settlers should be free to live by their own laws and that no one should be “molested or prejudiced for his or her own conscientious persuasion or practice.” As a wealthy Quaker, Penn was determined to develop a colony in the New World that would provide anyone with freedom to practice his own faith. The Second Continental Congress met at Independence Hall, then called the Pennsylvania State House. Thomas Jefferson worked arduously drafting the Declaration then gave it to his colleagues to approve, and it was signed. (You can see the inkwell used to sign the Declaration of Independence as you walk through Independence Hall.) The Declaration of Independence was read in the State House yard on July 8, 1776. In 1787 the Articles of Confederation were revised by the Constitutional Convention here. Philadelphia remained the capital of our nation until 1800. This eTrail has everything you need to plan a travel experience in Philadelphia.
Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States

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Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States

by Patricia and Robert Foulke (The Globe Pequot Press)

The “City of Brotherly Love” was so proclaimed by William Penn, who believed that settlers should be free to live by their own laws and that no one should be “molested or prejudiced for his or her own conscientious persuasion or practice.” As a wealthy Quaker, Penn was determined to develop a colony in the New World that would provide anyone with freedom to practice his own faith.

The Second Continental Congress met at Independence Hall, then called the Pennsylvania State House. Thomas Jefferson worked arduously drafting the Declaration then gave it to his colleagues to approve, and it was signed. (You can see the inkwell used to sign the Declaration of Independence as you walk through Independence Hall.) The Declaration of Independence was read in the State House yard on July 8, 1776. In 1787 the Articles of Confederation were revised by the Constitutional Convention here. Philadelphia remained the capital of our nation until 1800. This eTrail has everything you need to plan a travel experience in Philadelphia.

©  Patricia and Robert Foulke/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Philadelphia
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail
Driving Directions: Directions to Philadelphia Getaway

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May 2018