window.location.href="mailto:?subject="+document.title+"&body="+escape(window.location.href); It was reported in the New York Mercury that "Last Week was raised and fix'd in the Statehouse Steeple, the new great Bell, cast here by Pass and Stow, weighing 2080 lbs. TRENDING: Caravan of Trump supporters reportedly stretches 30 miles in battleground state of Arizona. In September 1777, American cavalry led by Col. Thomas Polk removed the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia and began moving it north for safekeeping in Allentown. A foundry owner named John Wilbank cast a 4,000 pound bell. It was still in use in 1833, when it was used to transport a "liberty pole" from a nearby mountain side to Loeser Lake, where it was erected to celebrate the re-election of President Andrew Jackson.

They were hidden under the floor boards on this very site so that the British would not find and melt them to make cannons. Now, we can hear how the bell was intended to sound! In 1846, another crack began to develop in the bell, and it was repaired. The new Whitechapel bell was hung in a cupola on the State House roof, attached to the State House clocks. Why should Christ Church get all the money and glory?

Pennsylvania received two, with one going to Philadelphia and the other ending up in the Liberty Bell Museum in Allentown. Tapped on the first anniversary of the Berlin Wall to show solidarity with East Germans.

Allentown, PA 18101. Ultimately a petition signed by several hundred thousand school children helped sway Philadelphia officials to allow the Bell to travel. However, in 1846, it seems other churches wanted in on the action. Help spread the word. Tolled at the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (both of whom died on July 4). It seems they had added too much copper to the detriment of the tone of the bell. Their names and the year in Roman numerals, MDCCLIII, are marked on the bell. Newspaper editorials across the country weighed in on the pros and cons about moving the Bell.

By visiting the Liberty Bell Museum, you can learn about one of the most fascinating rescue missions in American history. It was Frederick Leaser, who in 1777 hauled the famous bell from Philadelphia to Allentown, where it was hidden under the floor of the old Zion's Reformed Church. Plans are considered for development of the mall area, which includes moving the Liberty Bell closer to Independence Hall.

In later years he was fond of recounting this outstanding event of his life. It is speculated by people in the know that the ultimate plan is to impose visitor fees at the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. At the show's end the Bell was tapped seven times to symbolize "Liberty.".

The British Army is massed and prepared to march on Philadelphia, the center of the new, self proclaimed, American Government and seize control of the City. The following day, the 11 bells were hidden under the basement floorboards in Zion’s Reformed Church in Allentown (known at the time as Northampton Town). There was no mention in the comtemporary press that the bell cracked at that time, however.

The Pass and Stow bell was used to summon the Assembly. The state of Pennsylvania announced its intention of selling the State House and yard. About 10,000 people (according to the Philadelphia police) participated in an Anti-war rally at the Liberty Bell. The Pavilion which allows visitors to view the Bell at any time during the day was designed by Mitchell/Giurgola and Associates.

Rung to celebrate the Catholic Emancipation Act.

As the wounded Colonial soldiers were brought to the Zion Reformed Church, now a temporary field hospital, few could know that beneath the floorboards rested one of the young nation's most famous symbols.

It was feared that Frederick Leaser had met with an accident, or had been killed by roving bands of Indians, or perchance had fallen into the hands of the British. However, the opinions expressed are my own. His descendants who are quite numerous love to relate the following interesting story: That on a certain Monday morning he started away from home on his accustomed monthly trip to Philadelphia with a number of barrels of apple-jack on his large and strong Conestoga wagon, to which were hitched four well kept black horses. It should be noted that since the bell is located within a confined basement, they have a felt mallet, which rings with a much softer tone. In an interview in the Sunday New York Times of July 16, 1911, one Emmanuel Rauch claims that when he was a boy of 10, he was walking through the State House Square on Washington's Birthday when the steeple-keeper, Major Jack Downing, called him over. Either way, agent Robert Charles ordered a bell from London's Whitechapel Foundry. Washington retreated to Chester, Pa. Several days later the Americans suffered another defeat at Paoli, Pa. Several hundred Americans were killed under a British bayonet attack. In fact, at Zion’s you actually can touch history: the stone foundation, built when our nation came to birth, is visible in the museum at the very spot where the Liberty Bell was hidden (The stonework depicted below and in the header of this web site is the very same stone foundation! Construction on the state house is completed. Standing downtown 250 years ago would have put you in the middle of a huge meadow owned by William Allen, one of 18th century Pennsylvania’s wealthiest men.

On March 10th Norris again wrote Agent Charles. Note: My visit to the Liberty Bell Museum was hosted by the site. In 1781 it was moved … They haggled in court before a judge ordered a compromise: Wilbank would pay court costs; the City had to keep the Bell, which was technically considered "on loan" from Wilbank. The Declaration is dated July 4, 1776, but on that day, the Declaration was sent to the printer. John Jacob Mickley was descended from Huguenots who fled French persecution to find refuge among their Reformed brethren in the Palatinate. He  became a prosperous planter and was active in the local and state political scenes. We celebrate this rich history at special commemorative services every February, May, July and September. Early next morning, when he went out to the stables to get his team, he discovered that both his horses and wagon had been commandeered, and that the wagon was laden with military stores, among which was the State House bell. On September 1, 1752 Norris wrote the following to Assembly Representative Robert Charles: "The Bell is come ashore & in good order." After saving what is now one of our nation’s most precious artifacts, Polk continued a successful military career, served on the Council of State and hosted George Washington during his southern tour. Norris suggested returning the metal from the Bell to England to be recast. William Penn issued the Charter of Privileges, which many historians believe was being celebrated 50 years later with the ordering of what would become the Liberty Bell.. 1732. A true example of what you can find when you scratch below the surface of history. The bell was cast in London, England and then shipped to Pennsylvania. The Bell was used as a frontispiece to an 1837 edition of Liberty, published by the New York Anti-Slavery Society. The order to remove the bells was passed along to Colonel Benjamin Flower, and his instructions read: "Ordered: that Colonel Flower employ James Worrell, Francis Allison and Mr. Evans, Carpenters, or such other workmen as he may think proper to employ, to take down the Bells of all the public Buildings in this city and convey them to safety.". For more about North Carolina’s history, arts and culture, visit Cultural Resources online. It makes history richer for being discovered and told. Dissatisfied with the bell, Norris instructed Charles to order a second one, and see if Lester and Pack would take back the first bell and credit the value of the metal towards the bill. Tap here to add The Western Journal to your home screen. After adding a dash more copper into the mixture of the Bell, the workmen were ready to try the new casting. Zion’s is known as the Liberty Bell Church because in 1777, eleven bells were brought here from Philadelphia for safe‑keeping during the Revolutionary War. The Bell remained in Philadelphia and was used to call voters, to celebrate patriotic occasions, and to toll on the deaths of famous Americans. Shortly after the Boston Tea Party (12/16/1773), the Bell rung the news that the ship Polly was bringing "monopoly" tea into Philadelphia. The exact date of the bells' departure is unknown, perhaps a tribute to the extent of Flowers' well-kept secret. It was rung to call the Assembly together to petition the King for a repeal of tea duties. Christ Church claimed an exclusive priviledge of ringing the bells on Washington's Birthday, as that was the church Washington was affiliated with while he lived in Philadelphia. Bells could be melted down and recast into cannon. Our Liberty Bell Museum on the lower level of the building commemorates this and other historic events at the church, and houses the Harry S. Trexler Portraits of Freedom collection as well as changing exhibits. Sounds like we’re related! Charlotte’s Thomas Polk Saved the Liberty Bell, 1777, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Fearing the possibility of capture by the enemy, on June 16, 1777, the Assembly of Pennsylvania meeting in the State House at Philadelphia voted to authorize the removal of all bells belonging to several churches and other public buildings and all copper and brass to a place of safety. At some point along the way, the bell wagons joined an Army convoy of some 700 other wagons, and they rattled into Bethlehem. After the loading of the bell, the trip was begun. Philadelphia decided to reconstruct the State House steeple. While the British occupied Philadelphia in 1777, the Supreme Executive Council decided to remove the famous Liberty Bell and 10 other bells to prevent them from falling into enemy hands.

It rang for George Washington’s birthday on February 23, 1846, but then it cracked again. Tolled at the death of Benjamin Franklin.

At this time, however, the building had no bell. In addition to seeing this replica of the bell that was once housed here, visitors can view the 1960s mural which shows those intrepid Philadelphians moving the bells in 1777.
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window.location.href="mailto:?subject="+document.title+"&body="+escape(window.location.href); It was reported in the New York Mercury that "Last Week was raised and fix'd in the Statehouse Steeple, the new great Bell, cast here by Pass and Stow, weighing 2080 lbs. TRENDING: Caravan of Trump supporters reportedly stretches 30 miles in battleground state of Arizona. In September 1777, American cavalry led by Col. Thomas Polk removed the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia and began moving it north for safekeeping in Allentown. A foundry owner named John Wilbank cast a 4,000 pound bell. It was still in use in 1833, when it was used to transport a "liberty pole" from a nearby mountain side to Loeser Lake, where it was erected to celebrate the re-election of President Andrew Jackson.

They were hidden under the floor boards on this very site so that the British would not find and melt them to make cannons. Now, we can hear how the bell was intended to sound! In 1846, another crack began to develop in the bell, and it was repaired. The new Whitechapel bell was hung in a cupola on the State House roof, attached to the State House clocks. Why should Christ Church get all the money and glory?

Pennsylvania received two, with one going to Philadelphia and the other ending up in the Liberty Bell Museum in Allentown. Tapped on the first anniversary of the Berlin Wall to show solidarity with East Germans.

Allentown, PA 18101. Ultimately a petition signed by several hundred thousand school children helped sway Philadelphia officials to allow the Bell to travel. However, in 1846, it seems other churches wanted in on the action. Help spread the word. Tolled at the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (both of whom died on July 4). It seems they had added too much copper to the detriment of the tone of the bell. Their names and the year in Roman numerals, MDCCLIII, are marked on the bell. Newspaper editorials across the country weighed in on the pros and cons about moving the Bell.

By visiting the Liberty Bell Museum, you can learn about one of the most fascinating rescue missions in American history. It was Frederick Leaser, who in 1777 hauled the famous bell from Philadelphia to Allentown, where it was hidden under the floor of the old Zion's Reformed Church. Plans are considered for development of the mall area, which includes moving the Liberty Bell closer to Independence Hall.

In later years he was fond of recounting this outstanding event of his life. It is speculated by people in the know that the ultimate plan is to impose visitor fees at the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. At the show's end the Bell was tapped seven times to symbolize "Liberty.".

The British Army is massed and prepared to march on Philadelphia, the center of the new, self proclaimed, American Government and seize control of the City. The following day, the 11 bells were hidden under the basement floorboards in Zion’s Reformed Church in Allentown (known at the time as Northampton Town). There was no mention in the comtemporary press that the bell cracked at that time, however.

The Pass and Stow bell was used to summon the Assembly. The state of Pennsylvania announced its intention of selling the State House and yard. About 10,000 people (according to the Philadelphia police) participated in an Anti-war rally at the Liberty Bell. The Pavilion which allows visitors to view the Bell at any time during the day was designed by Mitchell/Giurgola and Associates.

Rung to celebrate the Catholic Emancipation Act.

As the wounded Colonial soldiers were brought to the Zion Reformed Church, now a temporary field hospital, few could know that beneath the floorboards rested one of the young nation's most famous symbols.

It was feared that Frederick Leaser had met with an accident, or had been killed by roving bands of Indians, or perchance had fallen into the hands of the British. However, the opinions expressed are my own. His descendants who are quite numerous love to relate the following interesting story: That on a certain Monday morning he started away from home on his accustomed monthly trip to Philadelphia with a number of barrels of apple-jack on his large and strong Conestoga wagon, to which were hitched four well kept black horses. It should be noted that since the bell is located within a confined basement, they have a felt mallet, which rings with a much softer tone. In an interview in the Sunday New York Times of July 16, 1911, one Emmanuel Rauch claims that when he was a boy of 10, he was walking through the State House Square on Washington's Birthday when the steeple-keeper, Major Jack Downing, called him over. Either way, agent Robert Charles ordered a bell from London's Whitechapel Foundry. Washington retreated to Chester, Pa. Several days later the Americans suffered another defeat at Paoli, Pa. Several hundred Americans were killed under a British bayonet attack. In fact, at Zion’s you actually can touch history: the stone foundation, built when our nation came to birth, is visible in the museum at the very spot where the Liberty Bell was hidden (The stonework depicted below and in the header of this web site is the very same stone foundation! Construction on the state house is completed. Standing downtown 250 years ago would have put you in the middle of a huge meadow owned by William Allen, one of 18th century Pennsylvania’s wealthiest men.

On March 10th Norris again wrote Agent Charles. Note: My visit to the Liberty Bell Museum was hosted by the site. In 1781 it was moved … They haggled in court before a judge ordered a compromise: Wilbank would pay court costs; the City had to keep the Bell, which was technically considered "on loan" from Wilbank. The Declaration is dated July 4, 1776, but on that day, the Declaration was sent to the printer. John Jacob Mickley was descended from Huguenots who fled French persecution to find refuge among their Reformed brethren in the Palatinate. He  became a prosperous planter and was active in the local and state political scenes. We celebrate this rich history at special commemorative services every February, May, July and September. Early next morning, when he went out to the stables to get his team, he discovered that both his horses and wagon had been commandeered, and that the wagon was laden with military stores, among which was the State House bell. On September 1, 1752 Norris wrote the following to Assembly Representative Robert Charles: "The Bell is come ashore & in good order." After saving what is now one of our nation’s most precious artifacts, Polk continued a successful military career, served on the Council of State and hosted George Washington during his southern tour. Norris suggested returning the metal from the Bell to England to be recast. William Penn issued the Charter of Privileges, which many historians believe was being celebrated 50 years later with the ordering of what would become the Liberty Bell.. 1732. A true example of what you can find when you scratch below the surface of history. The bell was cast in London, England and then shipped to Pennsylvania. The Bell was used as a frontispiece to an 1837 edition of Liberty, published by the New York Anti-Slavery Society. The order to remove the bells was passed along to Colonel Benjamin Flower, and his instructions read: "Ordered: that Colonel Flower employ James Worrell, Francis Allison and Mr. Evans, Carpenters, or such other workmen as he may think proper to employ, to take down the Bells of all the public Buildings in this city and convey them to safety.". For more about North Carolina’s history, arts and culture, visit Cultural Resources online. It makes history richer for being discovered and told. Dissatisfied with the bell, Norris instructed Charles to order a second one, and see if Lester and Pack would take back the first bell and credit the value of the metal towards the bill. Tap here to add The Western Journal to your home screen. After adding a dash more copper into the mixture of the Bell, the workmen were ready to try the new casting. Zion’s is known as the Liberty Bell Church because in 1777, eleven bells were brought here from Philadelphia for safe‑keeping during the Revolutionary War. The Bell remained in Philadelphia and was used to call voters, to celebrate patriotic occasions, and to toll on the deaths of famous Americans. Shortly after the Boston Tea Party (12/16/1773), the Bell rung the news that the ship Polly was bringing "monopoly" tea into Philadelphia. The exact date of the bells' departure is unknown, perhaps a tribute to the extent of Flowers' well-kept secret. It was rung to call the Assembly together to petition the King for a repeal of tea duties. Christ Church claimed an exclusive priviledge of ringing the bells on Washington's Birthday, as that was the church Washington was affiliated with while he lived in Philadelphia. Bells could be melted down and recast into cannon. Our Liberty Bell Museum on the lower level of the building commemorates this and other historic events at the church, and houses the Harry S. Trexler Portraits of Freedom collection as well as changing exhibits. Sounds like we’re related! Charlotte’s Thomas Polk Saved the Liberty Bell, 1777, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Fearing the possibility of capture by the enemy, on June 16, 1777, the Assembly of Pennsylvania meeting in the State House at Philadelphia voted to authorize the removal of all bells belonging to several churches and other public buildings and all copper and brass to a place of safety. At some point along the way, the bell wagons joined an Army convoy of some 700 other wagons, and they rattled into Bethlehem. After the loading of the bell, the trip was begun. Philadelphia decided to reconstruct the State House steeple. While the British occupied Philadelphia in 1777, the Supreme Executive Council decided to remove the famous Liberty Bell and 10 other bells to prevent them from falling into enemy hands.

It rang for George Washington’s birthday on February 23, 1846, but then it cracked again. Tolled at the death of Benjamin Franklin.

At this time, however, the building had no bell. In addition to seeing this replica of the bell that was once housed here, visitors can view the 1960s mural which shows those intrepid Philadelphians moving the bells in 1777.
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Bell traveled to Atlanta for the Cotton States and Atlantic Exposition Exposition. See next. The National Park Service instituted a "fee demonstration program" at three less-visited locations in Philadelphia. Upon examining the Bell, they discovered a hairline crack, over a foot long. The Assembly resolved to pay for the new bell while keeping the Pass and Stow bell. Born in Pennsylvania, Polk and his family moved to Anson County, before becoming one of the first settlers of Mecklenburg County, and promoting the establishment of Charlotte. Unable to return the bell to where it was made, local craftsmen were able to fix the bell’s crack, and it was finally placed in the bell tower in the summer of 1753. Pioneer Leaser was a … It was ordered by the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1751 to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of William Penn's 1701 Charter of Privileges; it was to be installed in 1752 in the Pennsylvania State House, now known as Independence Hall.

window.location.href="mailto:?subject="+document.title+"&body="+escape(window.location.href); It was reported in the New York Mercury that "Last Week was raised and fix'd in the Statehouse Steeple, the new great Bell, cast here by Pass and Stow, weighing 2080 lbs. TRENDING: Caravan of Trump supporters reportedly stretches 30 miles in battleground state of Arizona. In September 1777, American cavalry led by Col. Thomas Polk removed the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia and began moving it north for safekeeping in Allentown. A foundry owner named John Wilbank cast a 4,000 pound bell. It was still in use in 1833, when it was used to transport a "liberty pole" from a nearby mountain side to Loeser Lake, where it was erected to celebrate the re-election of President Andrew Jackson.

They were hidden under the floor boards on this very site so that the British would not find and melt them to make cannons. Now, we can hear how the bell was intended to sound! In 1846, another crack began to develop in the bell, and it was repaired. The new Whitechapel bell was hung in a cupola on the State House roof, attached to the State House clocks. Why should Christ Church get all the money and glory?

Pennsylvania received two, with one going to Philadelphia and the other ending up in the Liberty Bell Museum in Allentown. Tapped on the first anniversary of the Berlin Wall to show solidarity with East Germans.

Allentown, PA 18101. Ultimately a petition signed by several hundred thousand school children helped sway Philadelphia officials to allow the Bell to travel. However, in 1846, it seems other churches wanted in on the action. Help spread the word. Tolled at the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (both of whom died on July 4). It seems they had added too much copper to the detriment of the tone of the bell. Their names and the year in Roman numerals, MDCCLIII, are marked on the bell. Newspaper editorials across the country weighed in on the pros and cons about moving the Bell.

By visiting the Liberty Bell Museum, you can learn about one of the most fascinating rescue missions in American history. It was Frederick Leaser, who in 1777 hauled the famous bell from Philadelphia to Allentown, where it was hidden under the floor of the old Zion's Reformed Church. Plans are considered for development of the mall area, which includes moving the Liberty Bell closer to Independence Hall.

In later years he was fond of recounting this outstanding event of his life. It is speculated by people in the know that the ultimate plan is to impose visitor fees at the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. At the show's end the Bell was tapped seven times to symbolize "Liberty.".

The British Army is massed and prepared to march on Philadelphia, the center of the new, self proclaimed, American Government and seize control of the City. The following day, the 11 bells were hidden under the basement floorboards in Zion’s Reformed Church in Allentown (known at the time as Northampton Town). There was no mention in the comtemporary press that the bell cracked at that time, however.

The Pass and Stow bell was used to summon the Assembly. The state of Pennsylvania announced its intention of selling the State House and yard. About 10,000 people (according to the Philadelphia police) participated in an Anti-war rally at the Liberty Bell. The Pavilion which allows visitors to view the Bell at any time during the day was designed by Mitchell/Giurgola and Associates.

Rung to celebrate the Catholic Emancipation Act.

As the wounded Colonial soldiers were brought to the Zion Reformed Church, now a temporary field hospital, few could know that beneath the floorboards rested one of the young nation's most famous symbols.

It was feared that Frederick Leaser had met with an accident, or had been killed by roving bands of Indians, or perchance had fallen into the hands of the British. However, the opinions expressed are my own. His descendants who are quite numerous love to relate the following interesting story: That on a certain Monday morning he started away from home on his accustomed monthly trip to Philadelphia with a number of barrels of apple-jack on his large and strong Conestoga wagon, to which were hitched four well kept black horses. It should be noted that since the bell is located within a confined basement, they have a felt mallet, which rings with a much softer tone. In an interview in the Sunday New York Times of July 16, 1911, one Emmanuel Rauch claims that when he was a boy of 10, he was walking through the State House Square on Washington's Birthday when the steeple-keeper, Major Jack Downing, called him over. Either way, agent Robert Charles ordered a bell from London's Whitechapel Foundry. Washington retreated to Chester, Pa. Several days later the Americans suffered another defeat at Paoli, Pa. Several hundred Americans were killed under a British bayonet attack. In fact, at Zion’s you actually can touch history: the stone foundation, built when our nation came to birth, is visible in the museum at the very spot where the Liberty Bell was hidden (The stonework depicted below and in the header of this web site is the very same stone foundation! Construction on the state house is completed. Standing downtown 250 years ago would have put you in the middle of a huge meadow owned by William Allen, one of 18th century Pennsylvania’s wealthiest men.

On March 10th Norris again wrote Agent Charles. Note: My visit to the Liberty Bell Museum was hosted by the site. In 1781 it was moved … They haggled in court before a judge ordered a compromise: Wilbank would pay court costs; the City had to keep the Bell, which was technically considered "on loan" from Wilbank. The Declaration is dated July 4, 1776, but on that day, the Declaration was sent to the printer. John Jacob Mickley was descended from Huguenots who fled French persecution to find refuge among their Reformed brethren in the Palatinate. He  became a prosperous planter and was active in the local and state political scenes. We celebrate this rich history at special commemorative services every February, May, July and September. Early next morning, when he went out to the stables to get his team, he discovered that both his horses and wagon had been commandeered, and that the wagon was laden with military stores, among which was the State House bell. On September 1, 1752 Norris wrote the following to Assembly Representative Robert Charles: "The Bell is come ashore & in good order." After saving what is now one of our nation’s most precious artifacts, Polk continued a successful military career, served on the Council of State and hosted George Washington during his southern tour. Norris suggested returning the metal from the Bell to England to be recast. William Penn issued the Charter of Privileges, which many historians believe was being celebrated 50 years later with the ordering of what would become the Liberty Bell.. 1732. A true example of what you can find when you scratch below the surface of history. The bell was cast in London, England and then shipped to Pennsylvania. The Bell was used as a frontispiece to an 1837 edition of Liberty, published by the New York Anti-Slavery Society. The order to remove the bells was passed along to Colonel Benjamin Flower, and his instructions read: "Ordered: that Colonel Flower employ James Worrell, Francis Allison and Mr. Evans, Carpenters, or such other workmen as he may think proper to employ, to take down the Bells of all the public Buildings in this city and convey them to safety.". For more about North Carolina’s history, arts and culture, visit Cultural Resources online. It makes history richer for being discovered and told. Dissatisfied with the bell, Norris instructed Charles to order a second one, and see if Lester and Pack would take back the first bell and credit the value of the metal towards the bill. Tap here to add The Western Journal to your home screen. After adding a dash more copper into the mixture of the Bell, the workmen were ready to try the new casting. Zion’s is known as the Liberty Bell Church because in 1777, eleven bells were brought here from Philadelphia for safe‑keeping during the Revolutionary War. The Bell remained in Philadelphia and was used to call voters, to celebrate patriotic occasions, and to toll on the deaths of famous Americans. Shortly after the Boston Tea Party (12/16/1773), the Bell rung the news that the ship Polly was bringing "monopoly" tea into Philadelphia. The exact date of the bells' departure is unknown, perhaps a tribute to the extent of Flowers' well-kept secret. It was rung to call the Assembly together to petition the King for a repeal of tea duties. Christ Church claimed an exclusive priviledge of ringing the bells on Washington's Birthday, as that was the church Washington was affiliated with while he lived in Philadelphia. Bells could be melted down and recast into cannon. Our Liberty Bell Museum on the lower level of the building commemorates this and other historic events at the church, and houses the Harry S. Trexler Portraits of Freedom collection as well as changing exhibits. Sounds like we’re related! Charlotte’s Thomas Polk Saved the Liberty Bell, 1777, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Fearing the possibility of capture by the enemy, on June 16, 1777, the Assembly of Pennsylvania meeting in the State House at Philadelphia voted to authorize the removal of all bells belonging to several churches and other public buildings and all copper and brass to a place of safety. At some point along the way, the bell wagons joined an Army convoy of some 700 other wagons, and they rattled into Bethlehem. After the loading of the bell, the trip was begun. Philadelphia decided to reconstruct the State House steeple. While the British occupied Philadelphia in 1777, the Supreme Executive Council decided to remove the famous Liberty Bell and 10 other bells to prevent them from falling into enemy hands.

It rang for George Washington’s birthday on February 23, 1846, but then it cracked again. Tolled at the death of Benjamin Franklin.

At this time, however, the building had no bell. In addition to seeing this replica of the bell that was once housed here, visitors can view the 1960s mural which shows those intrepid Philadelphians moving the bells in 1777.

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