An outsider’s view of Philly

So often I forget that I live in one of the most history-rich cities in the country. It’s hard to walk a block in Philly without passing some site of significance, or a museum or historic site but when you walk those blocks regularly, you stop seeing so much of it. I was searching online tonight for little snippets of Philly history when I stumbled across an editorial that a writer and history teacher from Georgia wrote in the Gwinnet Daily Post about a recent trip he took to our city. He says,

We saw the Liberty Bell, which is just a symbol — and a cracked one at that. Yet I had tears in my eyes as I stood and contemplated the rejoicing that must have greeted its boisterous pealing 231 years ago.
We saw the very chair in which George Washington sat as he presided over the Constitutional Convention, the one with the “rising, not setting sun,” as the aforementioned Dr. Franklin affirmed after our new Constitution was adopted, and we saw the encampment at Valley Forge where Washington and his tattered army hunkered down and stayed the course during those hard times — the ones that Thomas Paine said “tried men’s souls.”

Sometimes it nice to have an opportunity to see the place where you live through the eye’s of a visitor.

2 Comments so far

  1. jen (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 9:41 am

    i remember being awed by the liberty bell on a class trip as a kid – back then you were allowed to touch it, too!

  2. Marisa (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 10:31 am

    My mom remembers going to see the liberty bell when she was a kid, and slipping away from her class. She lay down underneath the bell so that she could look up inside it. She stayed that way until a guard spotted her and yelled for her to get up and find her group.

    By the time I was old enough to see the bell it was roped off and you couldn’t get anywhere near it.

    How cool that you were allowed to touch it!

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