by Janet Blue on January 17, 2023

Stinky is waiting by the teleportation tunnel for Periwinkle’s arrival. He’s made certain neither Raleigh nor any of the other Kitties Blue are camped out inside. He doesn’t want a repeat of Periwinkle’s last arrival. He doesn’t have to wait long for Periwinkle to come tumbling out into his waiting paws. After several minutes of whisker kissing, Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her back into the tunnel. She doesn’t even have the opportunity to ask him where they are going.

When they arrive at their destination and leave the tunnel, Periwinkle is happy Stinky has told her to dress warmly. “Wow, Stinky, it is really cold here. We could have saved this adventure for a warmer day. By the way, where are we?”

Arriving in Philadelphia

Stinky replies, “We are in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I am sorry it is so cold. It is going to warm up to 48 degrees today, but I know that’s cold for you. Today is Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, and as we’ve never been here before, I thought we should check out the places that were meaningful in his life.”

“Is this where he was born?” Periwinkle asks.

Franklin Court

Two cartoon tabbies in front of the steel frame replica of Benjamin Franklin's House in Philadelphia.


“No, Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1706. However, where we are standing, which is called Franklin Court, is where his house stood while he was serving in the Continental Congress. And it is where he died in 1790. The steel “ghost structure” behind us outlines the footprint and design of his home.”

“I wish the house was still here. It would have been fun to go inside,” remarks Periwinkle.

“We’ll get to visit the inside of many of the buildings we’ll visit today. We need to visit Carpenter’s Hall next,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

Carpenter’s Hall

Two cartoon tabbies in front of a brick building, Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia.


Two cartoon tabbies inside Carpenter's Hall.


“This was the site of the First Continental Congress. It also once was home to Franklin’s Library Company and the American Philosophical Society (APS) founded in 1743. They are now located elsewhere in Philadelphia. The Library Company served as the nation’s original subscription library. And the purpose of APS was ‘to promote useful knowledge.’ It now exists next to Independence Hall and serves as a library and museum.”

“Are we going to Independence Hall?”

“Yes, Periwinkle, Let’s head there now.”

Independence Hall

Two cartoon tabbies in front of a brick building with a clock tower and a sculpture of Benjamin Franklin-Independence Hall.


As the tabbies enter the building, Stinky tells her that Independence Hall was originally known as the Pennsylvania State House. They find two rooms on the main floor. On the east side is Assembly Room, where the colonial legislature and Continental Congress met. Stinky tells Periwinkle, “This is where the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution were signed.”


Two cartoon tabbies in the Assembly Room at Independence Hall surround by tables with green table clothes and candles.


“Wow, that was a pretty big deal. It gives me goose bumps to realize I am standing in the room where those important things occurred” says Periwinkle.

After looking around, they head to the other side of the building to what was the courtroom for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.


Two cartoon tabbies sitting on a bench inside the Pennsylvania Supreme Court room In Independence Hall.


Stinky informs Periwinkle, “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court met here throughout the 1700s. The building was nearly demolished in the early 19th century, but it was purchased by the city of Philadelphia and preserved.” Stinky then suggests they head back outside and visit Christs Church Burial Ground where Mr. Franklin and his wife Deborah are buried.

Christs Church Burial Ground

Two cartoon tabbies by the graves of Benjamin Franklin and his wife Deborah. Franklin's stone is covered with pennies.


“Why are all those pennies on Franklin’s grave?” asks Periwinkle.

“People toss them there for good luck,” Stinky tells her.

“The sounds kind of silly to me, but I guess if I had a penny I’d do the same,“ Periwinkle replies. “By the way, where is the church?” she asks Stinky.

“It’s a few blocks away. Let’s go there now,” Stinky replies.

Christs Church

Two cartoon tabbies in front of a brick building-Christs Church in Philadelphia.


“Stinky, please get down. It is cold out here, and I want to go inside. I really thought you were going to behave yourself, as you hadn’t tried to climb on anything else.”

Stinky doesn’t say anything but jumps down and takes Periwinkle’s paw to take her into the church.


Two cartoon tabbies inside church standing in the aisle under a chandelier.


“I am definitely happy to be inside again where it is warm. And this is really a beautiful church. What can you tell me about?” asks Periwinkle.

Stinky explains that Christs Church was founded in 1695 and was the first parish of the Church of England in Pennsylvania. The current building was constructed between 1727 and 1744. The chandelier has been in use since it was installed in 1740. The bells were brought from England in 1754. The baptismal font is from 1300 and was donated by All Hallows-by-the-Tower Church in London. Franklin and his family worshiped here and had their own reserved pew—#70.

After looking around a bit more, Stinky suggests that they make their way to their last stop of the day—the Liberty Bell.

The Liberty Bell

Two cartoon tabby cats with the. Liberty Bell.


Stinky tells Periwinkle a little about the bell. “The Liberty Bell was originally at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall). The original bell was ordered in 1751 from the Whitechapel Foundry in London. That bell cracked on the first test ring. It was melted down here in Philadelphia and cast into this new bell. No one recorded when or why this new bell cracked. It’s thought that a narrow split developed in the early 1840s after almost 90 years of use. The city decided to repair the bell in 1846 prior to George Washington’s birthday holiday. The wide “crack” you see in the Liberty Bell is the repair job. It was created using a method called “stop drilling.” Unfortunately the repair was unsuccessful. The bell never rang again. The inscription on the bell reads, “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof.”

“Stinky, this has been a great trip. I really enjoyed seeing all these places, and once again I learned a lot.”

“I’m happy you enjoyed yourself. Are you ready to head back to my house for a snack and a visit with my fursibs?”

“Oh, yes. Let’s go,” replies Periwinkle.

Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and they enter the teleportation tunnel.

Stinky’s House

After arriving at Stinky’s house, the tabbies enjoy a snack.


Two cartoon tabby cats sitting at a kitchen couner surrounded by treat containers.


When they finish, Periwinkle visits with Stinky’s fursibs. Finally it is time for her to return home. The two share lots of whisker kisses and paw hugs. Then with a wave, Periwinkle enters the teleportation tunnel and is gone in a whoosh.

Stinky heads to the bedroom to nap in a sunpuddle and dream about Periwinkle.

The End

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

meowmeowmans January 17, 2023 at 10:41 pm

We have been to Philadelphia, and it looks like you two had even more fun there than us! And then to get some snacks back at home — a purrfect end to a purrfect time together. XO
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messymimi January 17, 2023 at 8:45 pm

What a fabulous adventure!

Did you know Benjamin Franklin also invented swim fins when he was only 12 years old? That’s why his birthday is also Kid Inventors’ Day!


Ellen J Pilch January 17, 2023 at 7:36 pm

That was a fun and educational date. XO
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Brian Frum January 17, 2023 at 5:46 pm

That was a fun place for you two to visit, so much history there!
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Susan from Bucks County Pennsylvania January 17, 2023 at 4:50 pm

You 2 were in my neck of the woods – I live 30 miles north of Philly and visited all the sites you did – many years ago. It was fun to revisit. Hope you can come again and visit the Franklin Institute or the Zoo. And don’t forget the Betsy Ross House. Thank you for an armchair tour!


Kathe W. January 17, 2023 at 4:21 pm

amazing place- so much history!
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Sandee January 17, 2023 at 12:49 pm

What a wonderful adventure today. I would have loved to tag along. Such fun.

Have a purrfect day. Scritches all around, a smooch to Cooper Murphy and Sawyer and my best to your moms. ♥
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Leah January 17, 2023 at 10:59 am

Quite the historical tour there, kitties, very interesting! In childhood I lived in Maryland but never traveled to Pennsylvania.
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Katie Isabella January 17, 2023 at 10:12 am

Stinky, Periwinkle, Mom and I loved every word and every picture. Even though she is from Roanoke, still her Dad found a better job in NJ. Mom lived right by the Delaware River and across from PA. She was 30mi. from Philadelphia. She had to live there from grade 5 till HS graduation. She loved going to Philly, and learned her best defensive driving there she told us. Whew. Still makes her eyes whirl thinking about what it’s like to drive in the city. Of course, she was a young girl.
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Periwinkle January 17, 2023 at 8:23 am

Stinky, I had a great time in Philadelphia. My Mom lived pretty close to there when she was in New Jersey but has never seen some of those places. You are such a great Adventure planner!!!

Love and whisker kisses,
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Lucy and Xena January 17, 2023 at 8:05 am

I grew up and lived in western PA, but never made it to Philadelphia. This makes me wish I had. I couldn’t help but think that there was a good reason that bell cracked…there was NOT liberty and justice for all, especially the slaves.
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Charles Huss January 17, 2023 at 5:49 am

There certainly is a lot of great American history in Philadelphia.
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Teddy January 17, 2023 at 4:33 am

What a great trip……there’s a lot to see in Philadelphia isn’t there… Mom and Dad have seen the Liberty Bell but they didn’t go to all the same spots Stinky and Periwinkle visited and learned about. I think they need to go back and see what they missed! Another wonderful adventure by the intrepid duo!

Hugs, Teddy
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Scout Mango January 17, 2023 at 1:57 am

Hi It’s MEEE, Mango, and Mom! We always love reading about Stinky and Periwinke!s grand adventures!!


Meezer'sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs January 17, 2023 at 12:31 am

That was a great visit to see some history. Our furmily went there several years ago and saw all the same things. Your little visit was like deja vue for petcretary!
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