|Casia taking pictures of the Liberty Bell|
|Me and Casia in front of the Liberty Bell|
|Casia and Emily in front of Independence Hall.|
We ended up back here later for our tour.
|Casia making friends.|
A recreation of the room where Thomas Jefferson
wrote the Declaration of Independence.
|A very unusual room with big blocks and lots of mirrors.|
|Casia and Emily in front of the Polish American museum.|
The best part of the trip came when we took the tours of the Bishop White and Todd houses. It was a very small tour group, just one extra person along with us. We had a great guide who not only really knew his stuff, his enthusiasm was contagious. When it had started, the first question Casia asked our guide was whether or not we would get to see upstairs. She was so excited when he answered in the affirmative and then she explained that in Colonial Willimsburg, so many of the buidlings didn't allow the tours to view the upstairs.
|Garden behind the Todd House|
|Casia in front of the Todd House|
|Kitchen in the Todd House|
|Bedroom int he Todd House|
|Kitchen in the Todd House|
In the Bishop White House, not only did we tour the first and second floors, but we got to go up to the third floor, where the children would have slept. Because of the small group size, and I believe because of Casia's enthusiasm, the guide decided to also include the attic in the tour. It isn't normally shown to the public and it's not furnished, but it has an amazing view of the city from up there. It was huge, with high ceilings even on the 4th floor. And he showed us the stairs to yet another attic. They were too treacherous, however, for us to venture up, so Casia had to content herself with just peeking up there.
|Casia at the front door of the Bishop White House|
|Foyer and Hallway of the Bishop White House|
|Casia in the Bishop White House Kitchen|
(Casia wasn't very excited about posing for this picture)
|Emily in the Library|
(She was checking out the book selection)
|When Bishop White died, his loving family had a portrait painted of his library as he had left|
it and since the house and his belongings remained in the family for so many generations,
they were able to recreate his study with historical accuracy.
|Casia in a third story bedroom. |
Even on the third floor the ceilings were at least 9 feet high.
|Bedroom on Third Floor|
|Casia looking out a fourth floor window.|
|Casia picked this one as her bedroom.|
|One of Bishop White's grandchildren carved their initials and|
the date into the fourth floor window frame.
It reads "W. W. Bronson 1834".
|Stairs leading up to the 5th floor attic.|
|Emily and Casia taking pictures of the wine cellar.|
|Casia in the basement.|
|Door to the second basement. Here they would keep the ice to store food.|
|Basement kitchen. |
Fire extinguisher not authentic. ;)
|Casia with the awesome tour guide.|
|Clock Tower of Independence Hall|
|Emily and Casia by Independence Hall|
|Emily and Casia|
|Before the tour of Independence Hall, we started in this room with a |
painting depicting the historical signing of the Declaration of Independence.
|Court House in Independence Hall.|
|Quills on a table in Independence Hall|
|Me and Casia in Independence Hall|
|Beautiful Staircase in Independence Hall|
|Casia in front of the statue of George Washington|
|Sign signaling to us that we had reached Elfreth's Alley|
|Casia in Elfreth's Alley|
|Casia and Emily in a little garden spot at the end of Elfreth's Alley|
|Emily tapping on the wall (as in Diagon Alley)|
|Casia knocking at the door of Betsy Ross's House. |
It was too late to catch a tour,
so she settled for a posed picture outside.