Sarah Palin will stop at Independence Mall this weekend as she launches her One Nation bus tour. According to a page posted to her website,, on Thursday, Palin will drop in on spots along the East Coast fraught with patriotic and historic symbolism. Tour details were sketchy Thursday afternoon.

The announcement came as a surprise to both the Independence Visitor Center and the local branch of the tea-party movement. A spokeswoman for the visitor center said Palin's people had not asked for a special tour of the Liberty Bell or applied for any permit. Teri Adams, president of the Independence Hall Tea Party, said no one from Palin's organization had contacted her.

Palin, a former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate, will also stop at the Gettysburg battlefield, according to her website. - Sam Wood