Pennsylvania has been the scene of many landmark moments in the history of the U.S. The signing of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River, the Battle of Gettysburg, and the Gettysburg Address all happened in Pennsylvania.
Yet, these events only begin to scratch the surface of the rich history available to residents and visitors of the state. Pennsylvania carries a rich heritage of Native American, Quaker, and Colonial influence, just waiting to be discovered.
Read on for 5 must-see historic sites during your trip to Pennsylvania as a Travel Nurse!
On July 4, 1776, the United States Declaration of Independence was approved inside this building and read aloud to the public for the first time in Independence Square. Later, in 1787, the United States Constitution was completed here.
Two major events occurred on this land. The first was the Battle of Gettysburg, considered the Civil War’s turning point and the greatest single loss of American lives in armed combat. The second was the Gettysburg Address, delivered by President Abraham Lincoln four months after the battle, a pivotal moment in US history.
In 1777, after the British captured Philadelphia, General George Washington moved his army of 12,000 into winter quarters at Valley Forge. They endured a brutal winter, with infrequent supplies and tough conditions resulting in a heroic fight for survival that played a major role in the United States’ victory.
On Christmas Night, 1776, General Washington took the extraordinary gamble of mobilizing his army across the Delaware River in order to stage a surprise attack on enemy forces in Trenton, New Jersey. The maneuver paid off, leading to a victory at the Battle of Trenton and altering the course of the war.
One of the most prominent symbols of American independence, the Liberty Bell was built in 1752. It is famous for having been rung to mark the first reading of the Declaration of Independence, and for the highly visible crack that it incurred over the years, which it bears proudly to this day.
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