Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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.
Erected by Independence National Historical Park.
Location. 39° 56.958′ N, 75° 8.8′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is in the
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The History of 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 Benezet (within shouting distance of this marker); Anthony J. Drexel (within shouting distance of this marker); Carpenters' Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Fawcitt House Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 774 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.