Benjamin Franklin was born at this very site on Milk Street in Boston on January 17, 1706. He was the son of Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger. Benjamin was the tenth son out of a total of seventeen. This is only the site where he was born because the actual building burned down in a fire in 1811. This site is significant not only because Franklin was born here, but because he was also baptized right across the street at the Old South Meeting House. Franklin spent his early years in Boston before relocating to Philadelphia, but he is still an important part of Boston’s history.