Friday, May 21, 2010

Philadelphia Story - Part 2: Carpenters' Hall

How well do you all remember our American history? It has been a long time - back to high school days - that we have really studied it and have forgotten so much. Too much. Being in Philadelphia was like taking a class in early American history all over again, except that we were walking in the footsteps of our founders. It was exciting, awesome, solemn, surreal all wrapped up in one.

We started out our tour at a place called Carpenters' Hall.

OK Jeopardy fans, here is the final answer: This important event in the founding of our country took place at Carpenters' Hall. (Cue Jeopardy music now ......)

If you asked "What is the first Continental Congress?" then you are correct!

The first Continental Congress convened in 1774 as relations with England were becoming more and more strained. The colonists were getting more upset at increasing English meddling in colonial affairs and ever increasing taxes. Delagates from 12 of the 13 colonies gathered right here, in this building, to choose a course of action. The signs explain more. Click on the picture to read it.

Here is some of the actual furniture from that event.

Here are a few pictures so you can get a feel for the inside of the hall.

Floor tile designs.

I won't say anything so trite as "this is where it all began", but I think it is.

Next up: Independence Hall