Declaration House (Graff House), Philadelphia

Declaration House (Graff House), Philadelphia

Bricklayer Jacob Graff built this modest three-floor house in the 1770s, with the intention to have its second floor let for extra income. The Second Continental Congress soon brought to the house a slim, ginger-haired lodger named Thomas Jefferson, who looked for a quiet room away from city noise. His search must have been successful, given the fact that he drafted here the Declaration of Independence in just a few weeks of staying in late spring 1776. Many things that would have been around the house in the 1770s were used at reconstruction 200 years later, including Flemish Bond brick checkerboard pattern (on visible walls), windows with paneled shutters, and various knickknacks. Unlike Society Hill homes, this house is quite small and asymmetrical, with a front door way off center. Preceding the entrance is a small garden. Visitors are shown a short film about Jefferson and a copy of his Independence draft.

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Declaration House (Graff House) on Map

Sight Name: Declaration House (Graff House)
Sight Location: Philadelphia, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Old City History Walk

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