Independence Hall is considered the birthplace of the United States. It was here that both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed. It served as the first capitol building for the United States but was originally built to serve as the state house for Pennsylvania. It is a part of Independence National Historical Park which also includes the Liberty Bell Center and the Benjamin Franklin Museum, along with a visitors center that includes theaters, exhibits, and a gift shop. Independence National Historical Park is a great place to spend a day learning all about the roots of American history. Admission is by tour only.
Backstory and Context
"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal..."
Construction on Independence Hall began in 1732, originally designed to be the Pennsylvania State House and house all three branches of its colonial government; the legislative, the judicial, and the executive branches. During the Second Continental Congress, which later became the Constitutional Convention, the state of Pennsylvania loaned out their assembly room for the convention to meet. It was there at Independence Hall in 1776 that George Washington was named Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. In 1781, the Articles of Confederation were adopted in Independence Hall. And in 1787, our founding fathers and statesmen from the newly independent country signed the U.S. Constitution, the same constitution that is in place today. The living document has been amended but the ideals of the founding fathers still live on.
Toogood, Anne C. "Independence Hall." National Parks Service - National Register of Historic Places. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/64c7c6f0-14ee-4217-992b-cd9d14872a7f.