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Franklin Court

Franklin Court courtyard view, showing steel framed outline of where Franklin's house stood.

Franklin Court "ghost structures" show where Franklin's house used to stand, as well as the site of his grandson's printing shop

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Franklin Court was the site of the handsome brick home of Benjamin Franklin, who lived here while serving in the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention. Franklin died here in 1790; the house was torn down about 20 years later. Today the site contains a steel "ghost structure" outlining the spot where Franklin's house stood and features the Benjamin Franklin Museum, a new museum that explores Franklin's life and character through artifacts, animations, and hands-on interactives. The Franklin Court complex also includes a working reproduction of an 18th century printing office, an architectural/archeological exhibit, and an operating post office.

Franklin Court Printing Office
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Benjamin Franklin...In his own words, Library of Congress website on Ben Franklin's legacy
The Silence Dogood Letters

Listen to Franklin's Glass Armonica!

Benjamin Franklin National Memorial

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Did You Know?

Drawing of slaves

Many American patriots owned slaves before, during or after the Revolution. Here are a few you might know: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Rush, James Madison, Robert Morris, and James Wilson. Many of them spoke out against slavery, but only Washington freed 124 people by his will.