Pops brought Mum and I back to the hotel to warm up after the long wintry walk through the streets of Philadelphia to see all those sights! Luckily, that part of Philadelphia is very flat and has plenty of sidewalks. Once he was sure Mum and I were all set, he went to see all of Independence Hall on his own, and told us all about it when he got back. Since Mum cannot climb stairs that well, she missed out on that part of the tour – it seems there were no elevators in use in 1776.
The tour began in the east wing of the hall; a reconstruction of the original building, since the original was taken down to build a fireproof building in the 19th century. This was a bland white interior with seats and a screen for presentations and preparing visitors to see the interior of the hall.
Then you were led out, and brought into the hall itself on the north side.
First area to see was on the west side, an open courtroom set up in traditional British style, with the dock where the accused would stand trial in a low framed set of iron bars. Other than that and some dark wood trim, the ornate room was painted in a golden mustard brown, with three seats for the judges and seating for spectators. The guide gave his impressive lecture, then moved us through to the east side of the first floor, to the room where the Founding Fathers sat and came up with the Declaration of Independence, and then the Constitution. This room was mostly blue in décor, and far smaller than you might expect, with the tables arranged north to south, with the states sitting in the same positions, starting with New Hampshire to the left, and ending with Georgia on the right. The only piece of furniture known to be original was the chair with the sun on it, where Washington sat during the deliberations for the Constitution. The rest, reproductions.