A Brief History: Located at 520 Chestnut Street Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  Ground broke on the historic Independence Hall back in 1732. It was originally designed to be the Pennsylvania State House but that is not what it would become known for. Construction on Independence Hall took a staggering 21 years to be completed, not opening its doors until 1753. Founding Father Andrew Hamilton was the man who oversaw the construction and planning for the site.

Independence Hall can quite possibly be considered the birthplace of the United States. In this building the Declaration of Independence was adopted, as well as the Constitution of the United States was drafted and signed. George Washington presided over these events in his famous “rising sun” chair, which can be seen on display in Independence Hall today.

In the early 1800’s the building was no longer in use by the government and served several different purposes, mainly as a storage house for American artifacts. The building was declared a national treasure in 1872 and Independence Hall has undergone two major restorations, one in 1830 by Greek revival architect John Haviland and another in 1948 by the National Parks Service, which restored it to its appearance in 1776.

Haunted History: Famous entities are said to patrol the building such as, Founding Father Ben Franklin and famous turncoat Benedict Arnold. Also, spirits in period clothing are said to wander the first floor of the buildings clock tower, as well as ghostly mists and other apparitions are reported.



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