Ben Franklin’s Philly church is still going strong


More than 230,000 visitors from around the world stopped in at Christ Church last year, most enjoying the storied structure just off 2nd Street in Old City while touring the city’s historic core. Even more people stop by its burial ground, a few blocks away, if only to toss a penny through the fence onto Benjamin Franklin’s grave.

And the question that the Rev. Timothy Safford hears most?

“Almost everyone who is visiting for the first time, if they aren’t from Philadelphia or, actually, even if they are, they ask, ‘Is this still a real church?’

“They think it’s part of the tour,” Safford said. “We like to say we haven’t missed a Sunday in 318 years.”

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