Philadelphia

Christ Church Burial Ground

Christ Church Burial Ground is where you will find the final resting place of Benjamin Franklin, most prominently known in Philadelphia as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. In addition to being a statesman, Ben Franklin had a host of interests and talents including science, writing, and publishing, and he was a distinguished advocate for political activism. Among his well-known inventions are the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Ben Franklin stove. Four other signers of the Declaration of Independence also have their graves here, as well as prominent medical pioneers, military heroes, victims of Yellow Fever, and many others.

The burial ground is one of America’s most interesting Colonial and Revolution era graveyards. Christ Church purchased this land which was on the “outskirts of town” in 1719 and is now right in the heart of the historic district. There are two beautiful acres with 1400 markers today; it is estimated that another 5000 markers disappeared over time due to erosion. Today, great effort is put into maintaining the site and preserving the history. An interesting custom at Ben Franklin’s grave is to toss a penny onto it, reminiscent of the famous quote attributed to him…”a penny saved is a penny earned.”

Location: 340 N 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am-4pm, Sunday: 12pm-4pm

Christ Church Burial Ground is where you will find the final resting place of Benjamin Franklin, most prominently known in Philadelphia as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. In addition to being a statesman, Ben Franklin had a host of interests and talents including science, writing, and publishing, and he was a distinguished advocate for political activism. Among his well-known inventions are the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Ben Franklin stove. Four other signers of the Declaration of Independence also have their graves here, as well as prominent medical pioneers, military heroes, victims of Yellow Fever, and many others.

The burial ground is one of America’s most interesting Colonial and Revolution era graveyards. Christ Church purchased this land which was on the “outskirts of town” in 1719 and is now right in the heart of the historic district. There are two beautiful acres with 1400 markers today; it is estimated that another 5000 markers disappeared over time due to erosion. Today, great effort is put into maintaining the site and preserving the history. An interesting custom at Ben Franklin’s grave is to toss a penny onto it, reminiscent of the famous quote attributed to him…”a penny saved is a penny earned.”

Location: 340 N 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am-4pm, Sunday: 12pm-4pm

ADULT:

$2.00

CHILD:

$1.00

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adult:

$2.00

child:

$1.00

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