When you step into Liberty Square, you are transported to a time when freedom and revolution stirred the hearts of American colonists. The attention to detail in this land is truly remarkable. And it is home to some great attractions, shops, and restaurants. But there is one area you might not notice too much, even though it’s right in the heart of Liberty Square.
The Liberty Tree stands to the left as you enter the square, directly across from the Hall of Presidents. Plaques at its base explain that liberty trees were common in American towns during Revolutionary times. They were a place for people to gather for speeches and rallies, and to organize for their causes.
The lanterns that hang in the tree harken back to the repeal of the Stamp Act. There are thirteen lanterns among the branches to represent each of the original thirteen colonies. See if you can spot them all.
Nearby, you can also find a replica of the Liberty Bell surrounded by thirteen flagpoles representing the colonies. Each flagpole displays the current state flag and the date that each state ratified the Constitution. The Liberty Bell is cast from the same mold as the original Liberty Bell.
Brush up on your American History as you wander through Liberty Square. Be on the lookout for Paul Revere’s two lanterns and for Benjamin Franklin’s four arms symbol indicating a house protected by his fire insurance company. This is a great spot for history buffs to explore.
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