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Making America - Summer 2013 Tour

Sponsored by the Elfreth's Alley Association

Starting at the Visitors Center
Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 am and 1:00 pm
(Duration of tour — 90 minutes; Fee — $16.00, $10 for students)

America was made by hand. The founders used the stroke of a pen, the revolutionaries — muskets. Young Ben wore a leather apron to keep the printer's ink off his clothes and Elizabeth Griscom used a needle and thread to commit treason in red, white and blue.

This walking tour will take you to the scenes of the skilled artisans and famous founders who crafted America the old-fashioned way. Learn how their lives intersected time and again in the colonial capital.

PRESIDENT'S HOUSE: Washington, engineer, may have designed the first "oval office." Hercules, colonial America's "iron chef," impressed diplomats and Indian kings with his lavish feasts at the President's House.

THE STATE HOUSE BELL: Pass and Stow were new to the art of bell-making — and it showed.

FRANKLIN COURT: Ben Franklin described himself as a printer and a tinkerer. He finally gave up "hammering and sawing" at the age of 79 when he left his toolbox behind for a friend in France.

CHRIST CHURCH BURIAL GROUND: The resting place for John Clark, firefighter, Joseph Dolby, Bell Ringer, and John Taylor, the gravedigger — as well as the rich and famous

ARCH STREET FRIENDS MEETING: Lucretia Mott & the leaders pressing for women's right to vote met there. Anthony Benezet, who founded schools for girls and for Blacks is buried there.

BETSY ROSS: This fiercely-independent woman took on a man's job, upholsterer.

CYRUS BUSTILL: He bought his freedom, baked bread for the Revolutionary Army and later founded a school for African-American children.

ELFRETH'S ALLEY: A neighborhood of skilled artisans: chair-makers, tailors, seamstresses, store keepers, bakers and dock workers, who helped Franklin build America and Washington win the war.