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Benjamin Franklin’s House

In 1737, a 31 year old gentleman was name the Deputy Postmaster in Philadelphia. That gentleman was Benjamin Franklin. Ben was originally from Boston, but ran to Philadelphia at 17 yrs old to get away from the law since he had quit his printing apprenticeship (with his brother) without permission making himself a fugitive. He eventually became a leading citizen in the colony, starting the first newspaper in Philadelphia, creating the first library, and contributing to the establishment of the University of Pennsylvania. All in all, Benjamin Franklin was a highly successful and talented man.

When he settled in Philadelphia, he settled on Market Street. Eventually he built a bookstore, printing shop, and Post office facing Market Street. Today, in the same location, is the postal museum and his printing shop:

There is a corridor between the buildings that leads to where Benjamin’s house stood at one time:

The city has erected a structure showing where his house was located. Through out the area you can see the remnants of his place.

Unfortunately, the house was torn down and built over. However, you can still see parts of the foundations and walls underground:

They even uncovered his “privy”…aka bathroom!:

Inside the metal house structure, they have the floor plan marked out so you can get an idea of what the house may have looked like at one time:

It was truly surreal to stand where one of our Founding Fathers lived. I was glad to see the city do their best to keep it alive. They had placards throughout the courtyard showing maps and details of Philly from the 1700’s. One of the more interesting ones was a view of Market Street through the years!

I’m sure Ben would have been a bit surprised to see the street as it looks now. Especially if he saw how people managed to move furniture in and out of the buildings! I couldn’t figure out if they were trying to move the mattress into the building or get it out. What do you think?

The Franklin Fountain Ice Cream Parlor

One of my husband’s and my favorite shows to watch is Man Vs. Food. Adam Richman cracks me up and it amazes me to see the amount of food that man can pack away. While we were in Philadelphia, we decided to try out one of the places on MVF; The Franklin Fountain (Yes, named in honor of Ben himself). (Starts at 6:07 in the video here)

We punched in the Fountain’s address in the GPS and off we went! We went through some interesting areas of town and had some problems finding parking. Once we found somewhere to park, it was outrageously priced. However, we were on a mission and money isn’t everything….ice cream is!

We found the Fountain without too many problems.

The first thing that hit me was how small it was! I didn’t realize it was that small when watching the show. I did love the nostalgia of it though. The employees were all dressed up and the building itself had beautiful architecture. The Fountain started in 2004; however the building has been around much longer!

Look at these floors! You don’t see very many tile floors like this too often in modern buildings.

They had an old hutch with candy cigarettes and cigars along the bottom cubbies and plenty of other delicious drinks and merchandise throughout.

They even still used an old fashioned cash register with neat little sayings written on the tabs.

All I can say is YUM. The ice cream was delicious and well worth the visit!

Philly Sports

Mike and I recently went on a trip to Philadelphia, PA. One of the sites we wanted to see while there were the different sports stadiums. My husband is a huge football fan, so of course Lincoln Financial Field was our first stop!

I was surprised at how close the stadium was to the freeway. I felt like we could just reach out and touch it, if we wanted.

Once we found our way down to the stadium, we were impressed to see the entire sports compound. Next door to Lincoln Financial Field was the Wells Fargo Center where the 76 Flyers play!

Behind the Football stadium was the Citizens Bank Park where the Phillies play. I wasn’t able to get a picture of it. Mike was hoping to get a view of the Vet, but the new ballpark was built on top of where it was.