Center City East in Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Here the Continental Congress sat from the date it convened, May 10, 1775, until the close of the Revolution except when in 1776-7 it sat in Baltimore and in 1777-9 in Lancaster and York, due to the temporary occupation of Philadelphia by the British army.
Here on June 16, 1775, George Washington accepted his appointment by Congress as General of the Continental Army.
Here, on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted, and on July 9, 1778, the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union between the States were adopted and signed.
Here, on November 3, 1781, twenty-four standards taken at the surrender of Yorktown were laid at the feet of Congress and His Excellency, the Ambassador of France.
Here, on September 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States of America was adopted and signed.
Erected 1910 by The Society of the Descendants of the Signers.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary Signers of the Declaration of Independence series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 10, 1863.
Location. 39° 56.943′ N, 75° 9.032′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. It is in Center City East. Marker is on Chestnut Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on the wall of Congress Hall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In This Building (here, next to this marker); Congress Hall (a few steps from this marker); West Wing - Independence Hall (a few steps from this marker); Memorial to the Soldiers and Patriots of the Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); Tomas Garrigue Masaryk (within shouting distance of this marker); Old City Hall / Independence Hall / Congress Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Signers Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); Richard M. Hoe (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,595 times since then and 95 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week July 4, 2010. Photos: 1. submitted on July 17, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 2. submitted on July 27, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 3. submitted on July 17, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.