Experience the Declaration of Independence


BH-independence-HallSee and hear the story of how the United States of America began at the Declaration of Independence sculpture exhibit at Founding Fathers Black Hills.

History meets art in our stunning, life-size sculpture installation of John Trumbull’s iconic “Declaration of Independence” painting. Here, inside a likeness of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, you’ll hear the amazing story of how those 56 patriots forged the American Revolution and invented a country. And just like those men, you’ll have a chance to sign the Declaration of Independence, too.

Long before Thomas Jefferson’s face was carved in stone at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a 33-year-old Jefferson held the Declaration of Independence in his hands and presented it to John Hancock and the rest of the 2nd Continental Congress.  By all means, go see the four famous faces just up the road at the Shrine of Democracy. But don’t miss Founding Fathers Black Hills at Independence Hall, a premiere Black Hills attraction. Come learn how American democracy was born.

Children age 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission.


Mark your calendar to meet our special guests

Mr. Jefferson’s Recollections: Enjoy an evening’s conversation and a complimentary glass of cider with Thomas Jefferson re-enactor and scholar Tom Pitz as he talks about Jefferson’s thoughts on the Declaration of Independence and the men who signed it from the perspective of Jefferson’s later years.
When: Sunday, July 5, Doors open at 6 p.m., lecture at 6:30 p.m. followed by question and answers.
Tickets – $10.
Call 605-877-6043.

Ring in Liberty: Colonial re-enactors stage the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on the 239th anniversary of the July 8, 1776, event. Free to the public, at noon, Wednesday, July 8. The Liberty Bell will ring throughout the day every hour, on the hour.

News and Updates

Week 3 of the Founding Fathers Contest found the venerable Roger Sherman of Connecticut narrowly defeating Stephen Hopkins of Rhode Island by a vote of 28 to 22 here at Founding Fathers Black Hills at Independence Hall. (more…)