Dr. Ben Franklin
as portrayed by Rob Carroll

Rob brings his first person characters to life by drawing on his two diverse, but in this case complimentary backgrounds. Having first performed on stage at the age of 5, Rob brings over 35 years of experience as a professional musician and actor to his historic portrayals. Second would be his lifelong passion for and the study of American History, in particular Dr. Benjamin Franklin.

Rob has worked for the past ten years as a historic tour guide for American Heritage Tours,
specializing in:
Philadelphia, Valley Forge, the Brandywine Valley, Washington's Crossing, Trenton, and Princeton.
In 2003 Rob joined the staff at Freedom's Foundation (Valley Forge, PA), as an instructor for their "Revolution in the Middle Atlantic States" graduate course.

He has become a very familiar face in Phila area schools through his unique
"Bringing History to Life" programs.

He has recently been the subject of articles in Main Line Today, (click on "main line today" for the article or just click here to read the interview), the Phila. Inquirer, and US Airways "In Flight" magazine concerning his activities as Dr Franklin, and has appeared on ABC's Good Morning America portraying Dr. Franklin.

Ben Franklin travels to Russia!!     (click on title for pictures)
Dr Franklin is recognized as one of the most well travelled men of his time. The list of cities that he either lived in or visited include, London, Paris, Edinburgh, Dublin, Londonderry, Amsterdam, Hanover, to name just a few. Now with the help of Mr. Carroll, Moscow and Volgograd will soon be added to that list. Rob is proud to announce that he will be taking his portrayal to Russia from July 23rd to July 30th as a guest of the U.S. State Department. We invite you to return to this site after his return to the states, to read about the trip and see the pictures and videos


A partial list of satisfied clients include:

Valley Forge and Independence National Historical Parks
Independence Visitors Center Corp.
Valley Forge Historical Society
Excelon Energy
American Heritage Tours
World Strides Educational Tours
the Ethical School (NYC,NY.)
Emerald Investments
Wyeth Corp.
Franklin and Marshall College
National Constitution Center
Valley Forge Visitors and Convention Bureau
ATO Fina Corp.
Keneseth Israel Congregation
the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution (Wash. DC)
the Union League (Phila.PA)
Wallingford/Swarthmore School District
Northern York Co. School District (PA)
Friends Central School(PA)
Philadelphia Reads
H. Stanley Goodwin Masonic Lodge (Bethlehem, PA)
Whitaker Science Center (Harrisburg, PA)
Jubilate Deo Chorale (Camden Archdiocese, NJ)
the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia, PA)