In 1777, the British forces captured Philadelphia, forcing the evacuation of the Continental Congress. To prevent the British from also capturing the Liberty Bell (and probably melting it down into bronze cannons), the colonials loaded it onto a wagon driven by militiaman John Jacob Mickley and took it to Allentown PA. Just before reaching their destination, Mickley’s wagon broke down, and the Bell was transferred to another wagon, driven by Frederick Leaser, for the rest of the trip. The Bell was hidden under the floor of the Zion’s Reformed Church in Allentown, until the British left Philadelphia.
I am a direct descendant of John Jacob Mickley on my mother’s side.
Here are some photos from a visit:
Zion’s Reformed Church, in Allentown
A replica of one of the wagons that carried the Liberty Bell
An original piece from one of the wagons
A replica of the Liberty Bell on display
My sister, nephew and niece with the Bell