Franklin Court

Franklin Court (HM63P)

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19106 Philadelphia County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 56.958', W 75° 8.8'

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I am got into my niche, after being kept out of it 24 years by foreign employments. 'Tis a very good house that I built so very long ago to retire into . . . .
Signature - Benj Franklin 1786
By building his home here, Benjamin Franklin not only confirmed his fondness for city life, he demonstrated his ingenuity in creating a liveable urban environment. This section of the city was busy, noisy, and smelly, yet the view from the windows of Franklin's house included grassy plots, gardens, and walkways. When his nation finally allowed him to "retire," Franklin seemed content here in Franklin Court.
By investigating the garden of today's Franklin Court, you can sense the isolation into which Franklin could retreat. By visiting the Museum below ground and the brick Market Street Houses you become acquainted with the activity swirling about him, inviting his involvement whenever he became bored with solitude.
Left side of marker - Legend and diagram of Franklin Court.
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HM NumberHM63P
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Placed ByIndependence National Historical Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 3:00am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 487471 N 4422140
Decimal Degrees39.94930000, -75.14666667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 56.958', W 75° 8.8'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 56' 57.48" N, 75° 8' 48.00" W
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Area Code(s)267, 484, 215, 610
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 305 Chestnut St, Philadelphia PA 19106, US
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