Affectionately referred to as “the only President of the United States who was never President of the United States”, Benjamin Franklin personified the curiosity, intelligence and ingenuity of a budding new nation. Franklin is famously known for being interested in everything from physics and electricity to music and chess; but it was his belief in unity and home that still resonates so strongly nearly 300 plus years later.
While Ben Franklin devoted most of his adult life to shaping an ‘American’ vision of home and country, the world’s only remaining Franklin home just so happens to be in the heart of London at 36 Craven Street!
The historically significant structure was built in 1730 and Franklin called it home from 1757-1762 and 1764-1775. He originally relocated to London to push for British tax reform with respect to the American colonies as well as for a greater level of cooperation and unity.
As beautiful as I’m sure Ben Franklin’s home in Pennsylvania was, I sure don’t blame him for spending such a long time over seas in this phenomenally located property. The exposed brick fireplaces were most certainly the perfect setting for Franklin to do reading and writing. Add in the those …read more