Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
77Trip End Feb 14, 2011
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I stopped at the Liberty Bell Center first and made my way through the museum that described the history of the bell, and how it came to be a symbol synonymous with liberty and freedom for all sorts of rights movements across the nation and around the world. The bell itself is mounted at eye-level in a tall white room just before the exit from the museum, and it still has it's original wooden support; although, no one is quite sure what type of wood it was made from. The wall behind the bell is made all of windows that look across the street at Independence Hall. The bell itself was cast in a British foundry and cracked the very first time it was ever tested, as workers were preparing to hang it in the Pennsylvania State House. Johns Pass and Stow were hired to re-cast the bell and despite multiple attempts the bell never reached its full potential
My next stop was across the street at Independence Hall. It was in this building that both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were created. Numerous security personnel surround the block of buildings with Independence Hall, and the building has been well maintained to stay exactly as it was. Visiting inside Independence Hall only takes place in guided group tours, and if you are ever planning on visiting, you should make sure to reserve tickets online. If you don't, there is a good chance you won't be able to get in. If it's any indication of the site's popularity; I was there on Easter Sunday, and the tours were still completely full. The volunteer guides do have a lot of information to share, trivia like the fact that the Continental Congress actually voted for independence on July 2nd, the document was dated July 4th, and the signing of the hand-written document that is on display at the National Archives didn't actually occur until August 2nd
After leaving Independence Hall, I wandered around the area a little while and took some photos before heading back to the parking garage to get my car and drive back to a Wal-Mart out near the piers.