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Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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3.7/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
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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  • What a charming house for Betsy Ross to create and hand sew the flag of our USA!! It was so interesting to walk in her footsteps and look out of her windows to see the same neighborhood she saw then!!...  read more »
  • We did the self-guided tour, but I think we would have had a better experience with the audio tour. The house is very small so you can tour it quickly. We visited on a rainy day so it wasn't very crow...  read more »
  • We paid extra and took the audio tour. Good stories that gave a lot of history you won't get by just going through the house. Difficult for handicapped due to several small spiral stairs 
  • 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.
  • Awesome sight with lots of original pieces. The actor who plays Betsy is so much fun and made the experience really enjoyable for the kids. Being a historic home, the steps are quite steep and narrow and so older people may have a tough time.
  • Not free. A great time and the often present actors are. Very fun. Neat to see how they lived.
  • It's only five dollars to enter and it's definitely a thing you need to do while in Philadelphia. PHYLLIS' story telling about the house and historical facts brought History to life. PHYLLIS was Betsy's washerwoman.
  • The place may be small but it is very interesting. We done the self guided audio tour and I really enjoyed the wealth of information provided by the tour. There is lots to see in this little house. It was well worth going. I like the fact that you can take pictures anywhere on the grounds and inside.
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