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Visiting historic sites is an outstanding way to gain an understanding of the past. History comes alive when we step through the doorways of ancient buildings, allowing us to see the spaces of those who once lived and experience the locales of events that once happened. Philadelphia has an amazing history and a rich heritage of preserving early American buildings. Over 2,000 18th century buildings stand in the greater Philadelphia area. Dozens of them are open to the public on a regular basis, allowing us to encounter the past.

While the only Franklin home to survive is located in London, many Philadelphia buildings continue to breathe his legacy. Franklin noted in his Autobiography, Philadelphia’s streets influenced his life from the first moment he walked on them on the Sunday morning of October 6, 1723. Even today, teachers and students alike find a vibrant link to the past by
following in Franklin’s footsteps.

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