Herb Sparrow

It’s personal at Province House



Herb Sparrow
Published February 07, 2014

In December, my wife, Marcheta, and I toured Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 and the Constitution was signed 11 years later.

The Assembly Room, where the historic events took place, is arranged as it was when the Constitution was approved. You feel pride and reverence as you look at the desks and chairs arranged in front of the raised area where George Washington’s original “sun chair” sits.

Province House in downtown Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island is considered Canada’s Birthplace of Confederation. In September 1864, 23 political leaders met in the Neoclassical building to begin discussions that led to the formation of the Dominion of Canada three years later. On a trip to the Canadian Maritimes in June, we visited Province House. The room where the delegates sat at a long table has been meticulously restored to the way it looked in 1864, with many of the original furnishings.

Thus, in the same year, we were able to see the birthplaces of both the United States and its northern neighbor.