Benjamin Franklin’s Grave
Within the historic and extremely beautiful Christ Church Burial Ground, your group will discover a 295-year-old cemetery located in the heart of historic Philadelphia.
First established in 1719, this extremely historic burial ground is considered to be one of America’s most interesting colonial and revival-era graveyards. There are over 1,400 markers within the two acres of land, some of them belonging to signers of the Declaration of Independence, and of course, the grave of the famed Benjamin Franklin. Not only will you get a chance to see these famous resting places up close, but you will also get to see those of countless local lawyers, leaders, parishioners, and history-makers in almost every step you take. A stroll through the Christ Church Burial Ground is a stroll through Philadelphia history itself, an absolutely amazing educational opportunity to learn the story of the many victims of Yellow Fever, colonial-era church members, and men who shaped the foundation of history for the United States.
It should be mentioned that this site is only open seasonally, March through November. In 2003 the cemetery was reopened to the public complete with 160 rebuilt markers and even more historical plaques and information for reference. Your group will have the option of taking a guided tour by the name of Revolutionary Americans, an informative and interactive way (not to mention cheap) to learn all about the cemetery inhabitants. Learn about the 20 family vaults from the early 1800s along 5th Street Gate holding many local prominent families, each vault going 36 feet deep! You will also learn about Benjamin Franklin, Frances Hopkinson, Joseph Hewes, George Ross, and many other influential deceased. Don’t forget to toss a penny near Benjamin Franklin’s grave, a sign of respect and remembrance in honor of the man behind the famed "A penny saved is a penny earned" adage.