Explore Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - When you visit Philadelphia, you should explore Christ Church Burial Ground. This early American cemetery is the resting place of Benjamin and Deborah Franklin. Whether you're a history buff or just a Philadelphia local, you'll be able to see the final resting places of the Founding Fathers and other notable Americans. And when you're finished, don't forget to check out the surrounding area!

In addition to being a place of historical significance, Christ Church Burial Ground contains the graves of many famous people, including five signers of the Declaration of Independence. You'll also find the gravesites of Benjamin Franklin, his wife Deborah, and two children. If you're interested in learning about Philadelphia's history, you'll find a map of the gravesites here and information on their lives.

The Burial Ground is open daily, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and free admission for children and adults. The cemetery is open year-round, except for December and January. It's also closed on days with bad weather and Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving. Visitors can visit the cemetery during business hours from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and guided tours run 30 minutes before closing time at 3:30.

The brick wall at the Franklin Burial Ground was repaired in 1858 after prominent Bostonians complained about the city's carelessness. In response to these criticisms, the Franklin Institute assumed responsibility for defending Franklin's connection to Philadelphia. Another tradition is to leave pennies on the grave of Benjamin Franklin. As of 1858, this tradition has been reinstated, and you can now view his grave easily. If you're a history buff, you should take a walking tour of the city and check out this unique place.

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