Located at the corner of 4th and Arch in Old City, you'll find the entrance to the Christ Church Burial Ground. Five signers of the Declaration of Independence along with many other notable Colonial era citizens are buried here. Certainly, the most famous person buried here is Philadelphia's favorite, Benjamin Franklin. Visiting the burial ground is FREE.
Christ church was actually established as a church in 1695, however the present building dates to 1727. "The tower and steeple, financed in part by lotteries managed by Benjamin Franklin, was completed in 1754. The building is an outstanding example of colonial architecture in the Georgian spirit." from the text of the church brochure.
At Benjamin Franklin's Funeral, a small tradition began. People threw pennies on his grave.
After that, new Brides in town would pass the gravesite and toss a penny. If it remained, there was additional good luck in store for the marriage.
Now anyone who walks by can try it. The catch is, you must throw it from outside the fence, while moving.......
I missed. But I don't need any more luck. ;-)
Christ Church dates to 1695 and was the home church of such famous Americans as Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and William Penn. Inside you'll find the font in which Penn was baptized, which was sent to America from London.
Christ Church is called the Nations Church because so many patriots worshiped here like Washington,Franklin. This Protestant church was organized here in 1789. The burial grounds contain the graves of seven sighners of the Declaration of Independence including Benjamin Franklin.
Where Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross and others worshipped... Right outside the church is a cemetery where Ben Franklin is buried as well.
Reading and trying to decipher the worn out carvings on the old gravestones is so fun!
This one is Benjamin Rush. Father of American Psychiatry, and signer of the Declaration of Independance.