Favorite thing The first one is of Christ church which is a currently active Episcopal church. Many of the Founding Fathers and other famous people (such as Benjamin Franklin. Pioneer Alice. William Penn. Betsy Ross. George Washington. Absalom Jones. William White and Fanny Kemble) worshiped here. The church was, founded in 1695. It was the first parish of the Church of England (Anglican) in Pennsylvania. Three blocks from the Church, and just across the street from the Visitors' Center, the Burial Ground s the final resting place for some of our most prominent leaders including Benjamin Franklin and four other signers of the Declaration of Independence. Guided walking tours are held throughout the day.
Favorite thing Referred to as the "mother church" by many Episcopalians ...instrumental in organizing the Episcopal Church after the Revolution from the shattered Church of England.
The baptismal font in the back of the church was sent to Philadelphia in 1697 from All Hallow's Church Barking-by-the-Tower, London. It is the font from which William Penn was baptized.
There are burial stone markers on the floor which mark the graves of early noteable men.
Favorite thing Study up on your history before you visit Philadelphia and you'll be rewarded with a more satisfying visit. It's great to walk the same streets as George Washington, Ben Franklin, John Penn, Robert Morris and many other icons of American history.
Here's a shot of the interior of Christ Church, where all of the above mentioned men worshipped at one time or the other.