"See the Liberty Bell" Liberty Bell Tip by ringleader

Liberty Bell, Philadelphia: 55 reviews and 76 photos

  The Liberty Bell with Independence Hall behind
by ringleader

What a piece of American history! I read a tip on VT by someone who considered the Liberty Bell a tourist trap. I couldn't disagree more! The secret is in its history and in why it has become an American icon.

We have a special interest in the bell because it was ordered by one of our ancestors, Robert Charles, who was a colonial delegate to England's Parliament for Pennsylvania and New York. He ordered it from Whitechapel Foundry in England, and it arrived in Philadelphia in 1752.

The bell was hung in the new State House (now Independence Hall) and went through a little change being recast and rehung in 1753 by Pass and Stow. In 1776 American declares its independence from England, and the British are occupying Philadelphia by 1777. The bell (along with others) was secretly transported via wagon to Allentown, PA. over what is now termed "The Liberty Trail Route." (This route passes through Sellersville where Schulmerich Carillons produces handbells. They have huge bells on display and give free tours of the factory...)

The reason for this is because the colonists didn't want the British Army to turn it's weight of 2,080 pounds of metal into shot. (The bell consists of 70% copper, 25% tin, and traces of lead, zinc, arsenic, gold and silver.) In 1778 the British soldiers left Philadelphia and the bells were returned.

You can see this piece of American history in the Liberty Bell Center where the bell is on display, hanging on its original yoke made from American elm.

The bell didn't receive its current name until 1835-1838 when a publication named it the "Bell of Liberty" or, "The Liberty Bell." However, the monument embodies the ongoing struggle for freedom, and it serves as a reminder of how fragile liberty can be.

Address: 6th Street between Market and Chestnut
Directions: This is the link to the map of the Liberty Bell Trail:

othercontact: www.libertybellmuseum.com
Phone: (215) 965-2305
Website: http://philadelphia.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.nps.gov/inde

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 8, 2006
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