Declaration (Graff) House
Where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence
The Declaration (Graff) House is temporarily closed until June 2016.
The all-important words that created a new nation were written by Thomas Jefferson at the home of Jacob Graff. Jr. Visitors can view first-floor exhibitions and a short film regarding Jefferson’s endeavors at the home where he rented two second-floor rooms from Graff, a well-known bricklayer.
The recreated Georgian structure on the second floor features the parlor that Jefferson worked in, as well as his bedroom where it’s likely he was attended to by a slave who accompanied him from Virginia. Period furnishings, some recreated, can also be seen.
Originally built in 1775, the red-brick house at Seventh and Market streets was reconstructed in 1975. In June 1776, Jefferson traveled to Philadelphia to attend the second Continental Congress and joined in the call for the colonies to breakaway from Great Britain. He was chosen to write the Declaration’s timeless words. Jefferson completed the job in about three weeks.
For more information on the Declaration (Graff) House, click the button below.
In the neighborhood
235 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Penn’s View Hotel
- Holiday Inn Express
- Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
- The Franklin Hotel
at Independence Park
- Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
- Hilton Philadelphia
at Penn’s Landing
- Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
- View more hotels
Museums & Attractions
234 Market Street
And theaters throughout Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 733-0608 ext. 219
- The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
- 2016 Fringe Festival
- Stratus Lounge
- Congress Hall
- Independence National Historical Park
- Painted Bride Art Center
- National Liberty Museum
- Fireman’s Hall
- Elfreth’s Alley
- View more attractions
Restaurants & Dining