National Geographic : 1936 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE it Itii Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart OLD SOUTH MEETINGHOUSE IS A LANDMARK OF PRE-REVOLUTIONARY DAYS Built in 1729, the brick church was used for patriotic gatherings as well as religious services. Its original hand-carved pews were designed to squeak, tradition says, so that no one could arrive in church unnoticed. Dwarfed by modern buildings, "Old South" has been restored and serves as a museum. Benjamin Franklin was born at noon on January 17, 1706, and his mother brought him to be baptized that same afternoon in a church on this site.