Free Library of Philadelphia
1.  Where did George Washington spend his first night as President?
He spent it in Frankford, now a neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Source: WPEN radio trivia, 7/1/85
2.  What American President has given the shortest inaugural address?

George Washington's second inaugural address was the shortest ever given. His speech was only 135 words long. His speech was given in Philadelphia in Congress Hall at 6th and Chestnut Streets on March 4, 1793.

Source: Presidential Fact Book, 1998, p. 392, Joseph Nathan Kane, 973.099 K131P

3.  Where along the Pennypack Creek did George Washington camp during the Revolutionary War?

General George Washington encamped on the upper Pennypack near the Pennypack Mill during the winter of 1777.

Source: Fairmount Park, a History and Guidebook, 1974, p.136, Esther M. Klein, 917.481 K672f

4.  Where in Philadelphia is a Tomb to the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War?

The cemetery originated as the first public cemetery in 1706 called Potter's Field for burial of the poor, but later it became known as Washington Square. Many soldiers from the Revolutionary War were buried there in unmarked graves. A tomb to the unknown soldier of the American Revolution was dedicated in 1957. It includes a statue of Washington facing a sarcophagus with a limestone backdrop.

Source: Fairmount Park, a History and Guidebook, 1974, p.150, Esther M. Klein, 917.481 K672f

5.  When President Washington resided in Philadelphia, where did he live?
President Washington lived in a house at what is now 528 Market Street. He rejected the offer of residing in a special Presidential mansion.

Source: Bulletin Almanac and Yearbook, 1976, p.177, 917.481 B87 1976
6.  What is the history of the Valley Green Inn in Fairmount Park?
It was built in 1740, and during the Revolutionary War hosted Washington, Lafayette and Howe. It was rebuilt in the mid-19th century and still serves food. It is at Wissahickon Drive and Springfield Avenue.
7.  Where is displayed the Masonic apron George Washington wore when he laid the cornerstone to the Capitol building in Washington?
It is displayed in the museum of the Masonic Temple on Broad Street in Philadelphia.

Source: Bulletin Almanac and Yearbook, 1976, p.284, 917.481 B87 1976
8.  What are the three most important events to have occurred in the Assembly Room of Independence Hall in Philadelphia?
It was here that George Washington received command of the Continental Army, here that the Declaration of Independence was adopted, and here that the Federal Constitution was framed.

Source: Bulletin Almanac and Yearbook, 1976, p.290, 917.481 B87 1976
9.  When was the last time the Liberty Bell was rung?

The Liberty Bell was declared permanently out of commission when, after repairs had been attempted, it was rung in honor of Washington's Birthday in 1846. It has not been fully rung since.

Source: Ring in the Jubilee: The Epic of America's Liberty Bell, 1973.p.94, Charles Michael Boland, 917.481 B637R

10.  Who were some of the Revolutionary leaders who attended Christ Church?

If you visit Christ Church, you will find markers showing the pews where George Washington, Robert Morris, Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross once sat. The church is now a National Shrine.



Source: Philadelphia Bulletin Almanac, 1976, p.293
11.  What is one of the worst epidemics suffered by the people of Philadelphia?
In 1793 there was a terrifying Yellow Fever epidemic which killed over 5,000 people. Many fled the city, including George Washington who lived in the Deshler-Morris House in Germantown during that time.

Source: Philadelphia Bulletin Almanac, 1976, p. 434
12.  Where in Germantown, now part of Philadephia, did George Washington live?
He stayed at the Deshler-Morris House at 5442 Germantown Avenue. It was built in 1772; Washington lived there in 1793 and 1798. It was bought by Samuel Morris in 1834, and remained in that family untill 1948, when it became a National Historic Site.

Source: Philadelphia Bulletin Almanac,1976, p.413
13.  Generals Washington and Lafayette both dined at what colonial mansion that still stands at Germantown Avenue and Johnson Street in Philadelphia?
That would be Cliveden, which served as headquarters for the British during the Battle of Germantown, but which was later restored by Blair McClenachan, who hosted Washington in 1787 and Lafayette in 1825.

Source: Thomas. Mount Airy in Philadelphia