Christ Church and Cemetery
Christ Church was established in 1695 and the current building started in 1727. Worshippers included Benjamin Franklin, George and Martha Washington, Betsy Ross, and occasionally Thomas Jefferson. Many other founders of the nation also worshiped in this church.
Originally started as part of the Church of England, the church was reorganized as a Protestant Episcopal Church following the revolution.
Location: 2nd Street Above Market Street
The Church is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM
for tours, visiting, and individual mediation and prayer.
Two blocks away is the Christ Church Burial Ground, burial site of Benjamin Franklin as well as other signers of the Declaration of Independence and other notable colonial figures.
Christ Church Cemetery
In 1719 when Christ Church purchased the ground along 5th Street for a cemetery, the area was considered the outskirts of the city.
The most famous person buried here is Benjamin Franklin, but the cemetery also holds the remains of many other notables of the revolutionary era. Four other signers of the Declaration of Independence, Francis Hopkinson, Joseph Hewes, Dr. Benjamin Rush and George Ross are also interred here.
Over 5000 people are buried here, and over 1400 colonial-era grave markers remain.
Located at the corner of 5th and Arch Streets the cemetery is open daily for visitors. A small donation for admission is requested.
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