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.