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The History of Franklin Court

 
 
The History of Franklin Court Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
1. The History of Franklin Court Marker
Inscription. In this yard, now known as Franklin Court, formerly stood the home of Benjamin Franklin. In his later years, Franklin also built three Market Street houses and a Print Shop for his printer-publisher grandson, Benjamin Franklin Bache.
Franklin first saw the site at 17, while lodging with the family of his future wife. Deborah Read, in a small house at the front of this lot. Once together, Benjamin and Deborah inherited and acquired the neighboring properties.
By the early 1760's, Franklin contracted with a master carpenter, Robert Smith, to build a large house to stand in a quiet garden deep in the middle of the block.
Franklin left for England while the house was under construction during 1763-65. Tragically, before Benjamin's return to his new home, Deborah had died.
Fortunately for Ben, his daughter Sarah and husband, Richard Bache, had moved into the house, filling it with grandchildren. Returning in 1775, Franklin soon found the house too small; at the age of 81, he added an extension.
 
Location. 39° 56.958′ N, 75° 8.8′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Market Street. Click for map. Marker in in the courtyard. Marker is at or near this postal address: 316 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
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Franklin's House image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
2. Franklin's House
Metal Frame outlines Franklin's house. The box in the foreground is a viewing area showing the foundation of the original structure. The brick building in the background is one of the Market Steeet houses that were part of the property.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Franklin Court (here, next to this marker); Franklin Privy Pit (a few steps from this marker); Franklin's Neighborhood (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Franklin (within shouting distance of this marker); Anthony J. Drexel (within shouting distance of this marker); Fawcitt House Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joseph and Amy Cassey (about 300 feet away); New Hall (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 630 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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