Right next to City Hall in Philadelphia is Dilworth Park. There are several things set up there in winter to celebrate the season.
We enjoyed walking through the maze and enjoying the lights and the shrubs.
While others enjoyed ice skating.
Even though the park is in the heart of the city, it’s a nice place to chill for a bit – away from the large crowds.
City Hall in Philadelphia is impressive.
It’s big, stately, and it commands a presence, even among the tall buildings.
We enjoyed just wandering around city hall, especially when it got dark. The lights around the building make it even more impressive.
Here’s a special picture. It’s the plans for the city.
The plans from 1682 looks pretty square, don’t they?
One of the few historical places I really wanted to go into was historic Christ’s Church. It’s big, beautiful, and full of history.
And unfortunately, it was closed for the day by the time we got there. Oh well, we could still enjoy the beauty of the outside.
Maybe next time.
There was a side alley in Elfreth’s Alley – as if the alley wasn’t small enough. It was Bladen’s Court.
Again, I’ll let you read the plaque that gives way more information that you really wanted to know.
Here’s what you need to know about Bladen’s Court. It’s small. There were two houses in the Court and a little courtyard. If there wasn’t a sign for it I wouldn’t have known it was there.
This is the house we saw.
Honestly, it wasn’t as impressive as Elfreth’s Alley, but hey, how impressive is it to be a small street and have your own plaque.
During our trip to Philadelphia, we ventured over to Elfreth’s Alley.
I could tell you all sorts of things about this alley, or I could just show you the plaque that I found. Yup, you get to read the plaque.
The most important things to note about this alley are two things. 1. The homes are historic and beautiful.
Since it was January, we still had the pleasure of seeing Christmas decorations on the homes.
2. Many of the homes had a unique fire insurance back in the day. A home owner would pay a fire company fire insurance. If there was a fire, then the fire company would come, and look for their insignia on the home. If it was there, then they would put out the fire, if not, well, you might have some issues. I found three different fire insurance insignia.