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. Plan to see Betsy Ross House and other attractions that appeal to you using our Philadelphia road trip planner .
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  • October 3, 2017
    The fact is that it is very unlikely that Betsy Ross created the first American flag (the claim was made in 1870 by her grandson with no proof to back it up). And while the Betsy Ross House treats thi...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    I found this very interesting and the kids enjoyed the actors providing the facts. It is a quick visit and sit out in the courtyard for a free story telling session.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    A very worthwhile quick stop with Americana Artifacts in the colonial area. Great Story. Go Get 'em, Betsy. You Go, Girl!  more »
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  • June 15, 2017
    Great little museum. Short walk through history with several interactive exhibits. Basement is particularly kid friendly with hands on pantry, kitchen and store house. Steep stairs however to get upstairs. Highly recommend audio tour. Well worth the money.
  • May 29, 2017
    Did the audio tour. Excellent way to learn about everything that took place in her life. They offer a kids version that has them do a simple scavenger hunt. Our six year old enjoyed it.
  • July 6, 2017
    You get to tour the Ross house and learn about her life and the origin of the American flag. It's very interesting and gives you a little peek at life back then.
  • June 7, 2017
    Excellent tour of the history behind the home. I recommend the audio tour. Our youngest did the scavenger hunt which kept her engaged but learning the entire time.
  • January 16, 2017
    The Betsy Ross House was a fun yet simple activity to do while in Philly. There wasn't a line and the entrance was only $5. So we walked through the house and got to see the place. The best part was at the end in the laundry area there was someone there who was explaining how long people would go without washing their clothes or showering. It was quite entertaining. Simple and easy activity. You are in and out in less than 15 minutes.

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