Christ Church Burial Ground is an early American cemetery in Philadelphia. Signers of our Declaration of Independence reside here, Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Russ, George Ross, Francis Hopkinson, and Joseph Hewes. The cemetery belongs to the Episcopal church founded in 1695 by the name of Christ Church.
It is known as the “Nation’s Church” because of the number of Revolutionary era leaders who worshiped in it.
Benjamin Franklin sat in pew 70. Washington sat in pew 56. William Penn was baptized here. In 1775-1776, the Second Continental Congress worshiped at Christ Chruch.
The burial ground is a couple blocks away on 5th and Arch Streets.
The pennies, nickels, and occasional dimes you see on Ben Franklin’s grave are customary. Read a few different theories on line, one is that the thrower will get good luck. He was famous for saying , “A penny saved is a penny earned.”
The descendants of signers of the Declaration of Independence had this bench gifted to the cemetery.
It’s a shame a lot of the headstones are worn away.
Around 100,000 tourists visit this cemetery each year.