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Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia

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Offering an insight into the life and times of the seamstress who purportedly made the first American flag, Betsy Ross House serves as one of Philadelphia's major landmarks and is an important stop for any serious history buff. Although the claim that Betsy Ross lived here and sewed that first flag are now considered apocryphal, the house remains one of the most-visited tourist sites in the city. Built in 1740 just a few blocks from Philadelphia's other major historic sites, this modest home is an example of the Pennsylvania Colonial style architecture. Renovated and expanded in the 1930s, the house offers self-guided and audio tours, as well as short presentations about Ross' life and her role in American history. Using our world travel planner, Philadelphia attractions like Betsy Ross House can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The story goes that Betsy Ross was the seamstress who stitched together the first flag of the United States of America. Her charming Georgian house on Arch Street is one of the most visited sites in t...  more »
  • Americans might know it from their high school text books, but it was interesting for me to know that it was Betsy who stitched the original flag with 13 stars? Sorry if I am mistaken.  more »
  • Don't expect to spend too much time going through the house. It is pretty small. However, it is inexpensive and easy to get to. We were happy we went. Comparing this to the Paul Revere house in Boston...  more »
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  • Great place to take the kids. It's a part of history and my daughters loved it. ..
  • I liked it. It just didn't reach my standards. If I was doing a project it would have been a little helpful.
  • Such a pretty spot in a beautiful town. They have a lovely sitting area outside, and it's a great place to rest after so much walking.
  • Like the only part of old town that you have to pay to get into. There's more interesting attractions for free
  • The kids in particular will get a lot out of their visit. The actress playing Betsy Ross was quite good in character answering questions. Certainly recommend dropping by if you have the time. Though if pressed for time, I would give priority to the Independence Mall activities first. Allow one to two hours.