Reenactment of the 1792 Colonial Election at the Independence Visitor Center

On Tuesday, October 28, the candidates of 1792 will meet at the Independence Visitor Center for a second chance to claim a part of American history. Locals and visitors alike will have an exclusive opportunity to meet the famous candidates—George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Clinton and Aaron Burr—and cast their votes for President. The event, designed to remind voters that every vote counts, takes place from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Philadelphia, PA, October 15, 2008 --( In addition to the general public, local schools are invited to come and observe the contenders debate the issues of the day and exchange opinions, ideals, and accusations. Candidates will explain their platforms and distribute supporting information. Visitors are invited to cast their votes, witness the fun, and engage in an opportunity to alter American history. An official tally of the votes will take place towards the end of the afternoon. Will George Washington be reelected again this year? The answer will be revealed when the results of the colonial election unfold at the Independence Visitor Center. It’s sure to be an educational and fun-filled afternoon.

About the Election of 1792: In 1792, the U.S. had its second presidential election. By this time, political parties and rivalries were starting to form and those in power began to pick sides. George Washington hoped to retire after his first term; but due to problems growing between the two strongest parties, the Federalists and the Democratic Republicans, he decided to run for reelection to stop the arguments between the political parties and keep the country unified.

This is just one of many ways that Independence Visitor Center is inviting tourists and locals to experience a piece of Philadelphia. Guests are encouraged to explore the Center’s services to learn even more about all there is to do in the city and region. The event is free of charge and open to the public. To learn more about the Election of 1792 or for other information, call 215-965-7676, or 1-800-537-7676.

Independence Visitor Center
Lauren Tosti