Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The President's House In Philadelphia Pennsylvania

If you're thinking, "President's House? As in President of the United States?" You'd be right.

What many American's don't realize is that the first capitol of the United States was not Washington, D.C. but was in fact in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. That's right. In addition to the Phillies, Eagles and Flyers Philadelphia was home of the first capitol of the United States and therefore home of the first White House.

But there's more than a simple history lesson here.

Of course, it wasn't called the White House. But it was home of the first two presidents George Washington and John Adams. There's a lot of history behind this. For a history lesson you probably didn't get in school, click here and be rewarded with the details of this historic house. However, what makes this house so interesting isn't because of the presidents that lived there.

The Pennsylvania state government was one of the first in the western hemisphere to abolish slavery - specifically in 1780. Nonetheless, despite the law, George Washington, first president of the United States, upholder of the Constitution that says "all men are created equal" had slaves even though the law prohibited it. This is where things get interesting.

The house no longer exists but there is now a monument to the house located in front of the Independence Visitor's Center. What's more is that it's right on the street and is free. If you have not downloaded the latest Museums In Philly, please do so. After installing the update, select List History then select The President's House. Scroll down to the line that reads "Touch *HERE* for Collections, Events, Membership and Parking info". The Collections tab will provide more mind expanding knowledge regarding The President's House. And of course, if you're not familiar with Philadelphia, just touch the address to be automatically routed to The President's House.

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