When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few.
February 22, 1732 Pennsylvania Statehouse cornerstone laid
Construction of Independence Hall, then known as the Pennsylvania State House would begin in 1732. The construction of the building was an enormous undertaking. Designed to house the Pennsylvania Assembly, the Governor’s Office, the Supreme Court of the Colony of Pennsylvania, as well as a large hall for banquets and celebrations, the building was among the largest in America at the time of its construction. The Pennsylvania Assembly began meeting in the building in 1735, but construction was not considered complete until 1748. Not long after the Pennsylvania State House was initially completed, the building was once again undergoing construction. William Strickland was hired around 1750 to build a bell tower and in 1751 a bell was commissioned.
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