This is the famous Independence Hall located in Historic Philadelphia, PA.

Inside this Historic structure is where the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, 1776.

This structure is one of the most favored places to visit.  Tickets must be purchased to see the area, where the Declaration was signed, that has been restored back to it’s orginial look.  When I shot this Image it was early morning before it was open.  Not many people were here.  This was a good time to capture a Image.  By the time I was ready to leave, the area was filled with hundreds of people.  The Park Rangers are kept busy all the time.

Security around here is very tight.  Just in front of me, and out of the Image, was a fence that had a sign on it that said “No admittence without a ticket”!  You should not go beyond it, or you’ll be stopped.  No firearms.  Bags can and will be checked before entering the area.  Police are everywhere.  Security camera’s are watching every move!

One of the things I like to do, is just sit and watch people do what they do.  Sit and watch the world go by.  People are here from all over.  Different cultures and nationally come here to see this.  I have observed that most visitors obey the signs that tell what you can do and what you should not.  However, there are some who just don’t care and do what they want.  Not good, in my opinion.  Rules here are done for a reason.  People throw trash on the ground, and don’t take time to throw it into bins placed around the area.  I hate seeing that.  If caught doing so, you might be fined.

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Dessed in the cloths of that day & era, this guide was explaining how the Lamps worked back in the 1700’s.  In that time there was no electric.  Everything was done by candle light.  Each pole had 1 candle in it to light the way.  Each candle had to be lit every evening by someone that carried a Master candle.  Thus came the name of Lamp Lighter.

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For the 1st time in a few days, we had some nice sunny weather, so I grabbed my camera gear and headed down to a favorite place in the city of Philadelphia that I like to go to.  Independence Park, the Birthplace of our Nation, has so very much to offer and see.  You can spend a whole day here going in and out of all the Historic buildings that have been preserved by the National Park Service.

This is Congress Hall.  Located in Independence Park on 6th & Market St. it served as the Seat of the US Congress from December 6th, 1790 to May 14th, 1800.  It ratified the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution in 1793.  It also oversaw the Inaugurations of our 1st President, George Washington and our 2nd President, John Adams.


Inside Congress Hall on the 2nd Floor is where most of our Nation’s business was taken care of.  Brought back to its original look by the National Park Service, this is what it looked like in its day.  Of course, there were no electric lights at the time.  Everything was done by candle light & day light.  The carpet is not an original.  It is a reproduction of what it was.


During my “walk about” in the Park, I came across this fella dressed in the ware of Colonial Days, playing a Mountain Dulcimer, that I have heard before.  The Mountain Dulcimer has a very soothing, interesting sound to it.  Almost sounding like a Harp, but really isn’t.  This man could play it very well.  He made it look so easy to do.  The music that came out of this instrument was so pleasant to listen to.  I watched & listened to him play for about 15 min.  Then asked him if I could take his Image.  I thanked him and moved on.


This is just a part of Independence Park.  Here you’re looking down the open area with the Visitor Center on the right and Independence Hall in the center.  The Visitor Center is where the original Liberty Bell is located, but I didn’t go in there.  Just too many people!


Located right next to Independence Hall is the Congress Library that is now a gift store.

I enjoyed my 2nd visit here.  There is much to see.  Lot’s of walking.  In fact, I walked around so much that my legs started getting sore & stiff.  I then returned to my car for the return drive home.

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A little more than 2 months ago, I had made a road trip down to the Antietam National Battlefield Park in Maryland.  It’s about a 4 hr. trip down there for me.  I left the house around 6 am and hit the road for a somewhat long drive for me.  Of course, I had most all my camera gear in anticipation of what I might see or find.  One of the Historic places I wanted to see was the Henry Piper House that saw much of the bloody fighting that took place during the Civil War.

Arriving at the Battlefield, I went right into the Visitor Center where I could find something cool to drink and use the bathroom.  Got me a nice cold bottle of Lemon Soda Water to quench my thirst.  After snooping around a bit, I headed out to the car to start my Tour of the Battlefield.

I stopped at some of the Historic places where fighting took place and to read the Historic Plaques placed there by the Park Service.  The road around the Battlefield is only one way around.  No 2-way traffic is allowed.  Of course, there were lot’s of other people there and one of them was an Elementry School group in 2 bus’s that seemed to be doggin’ my every move.  Trying to take some Images with a bunch of yappin’ kids getting in the way of everything,  is a challenge!  They don’t care if they walk in front of my camera & tripod one bit.  Finally the Teacher’s came and saved me.  Told the kids to stay away from the camera & me.

So movin’ on I toured the rest of the Battlefield, leaving the school bus’s behind me.  In my return to the Visitor Center, I happen to notice a “lane” leading down to what I thought was the Piper Farm, but was not sure.  I saw this in going by it, so I had to swing around and go back.  Turning down the lane something was telling me I should not be here.  Sure enough, I was right.  I noticed a big sign that, stated “NO ENTRY. AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY.”  Oops!  didn’t know that.  I stopped right away.  Did not want to get a nasty fine.  Left and went back to the Visitor Center to ask why it’s closed like that.  I was told that the Piper Farm is owned by the Park Service, but is rented out to a private couple.  Ok.  Now, I know.  The people that live in the Historic House do not want all kinds of people tromping around the property!  Can’t blame them for that.  So, with that, I headed back out to Sharpsburg.  That’s another story.


What I had to do is go on the Internet to show you what the place looked like.  The above Image is just as I saw.  It’s the Piper Barn that was used as a make shift Hospital during the heavy fighting here.  When I was here, I stopped the car just in back where you see the Lane curve around a bit.  The sign is just behind the Barn.


This is another Image of the Piper Farm, but it now shows the Slave Quarters.  Henry Piper owned 6 slaves at the time of the fight.  They were all set free!!

“I entered the yard, which was covered with bloody clothing, straw, feathers, and everything that was disgusting,” the daughter of Henry Piper wrote to a friend in Ohio. “I went up the steps and opened the dining room door and was thunderstruck. Great Heaven! What a sight met my gaze. The room was full of dead men! Pools of blood were standing on the floor.”

During and after the horrible fighting that took place here, one can only Imagine what it must have been like.  Now, the area is quiet.  No sound that I heard.  The ground here must have been littered with dead & dying soldiers from both sides.  What I wonder, is with all the monuments being torn down from Civil War Sites, are these buildings going to have the same fate?  I don’t think so!  This area is Hallowed Ground!

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Located in Lebanon County, the Cornwall Iron Furnace was built in 1742 and stayed in operation until 1883.  Now a museum for everyone to Tour and see how Iron was made long ago.


Called a Abattoir, this Gothic Revival structure served as a smoke house and butcher shop for the Cornwall Iron Estate.


This was the Iron Masters home.  Now used as apartments.

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In 1875 this was the Paymasters Office for the Iron Furnace.  Now used as a Art Studio.

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The Manager’s Office & Home.  The Furnace Manager was ranked 2nd in command to the Owner.  After 1916, Bethlehem Steel also used this building as it’s Cornwall Office.

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