Safeguarding the Declaration of Independence State House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Courtesy of the Library of Congress

State House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

(July 1778 - June 1783)

The British Army evacuated Philadelphia in the early summer of 1778, and again Congress returned to its home city. The State House was found "in a most filthy and sordid situation" from enemy occupation, so the delegates assembled in College Hall. For about five years, Congress and the Declaration of Independence remained here.

Return to the Safeguarding the Declaration timeline