Located near Independence Park is the site of Benjamin Franklin's last home, Franklin Court. Although no one knows exactly how the house originally looked, where the house once stood is now a "ghost house," designed by the architectural firm of Venturi-Scott Brown. Flagstones in the courtyard display quotations from letters of Franklin and his wife Deborah. A below-ground museum has audiovisual devices to give the scope of Franklin's life and work. Franklin began his house here in 1763; his wife Deborah moved into it in 1765, after he had left for England. Franklin, "the good Doctor," didn't see it until a decade later, although he wrote his wife detailed letters as to what he wanted done. The house was completed in 1788, two years before his death. In 1812 the house was demolished.
- Take an "air-bath", as Benjamin Franklin regularly used to do, in the site of his old home
- Check out the exhibits in the below-ground museum and learn about one of the most fascinating historical figures
For more information, visit the official website at http://www.nps.gov/inde/franklin-court.htm.