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The Betsy Ross House

The birthplace of the American flag

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Overview

Did she or didn’t she sew the first American flag?

Visitors can learn about America’s most famous flag maker at the Betsy Ross House.

The home of the famous seamstress is a must-see historic attraction for visitors and locals alike.

Wander through the tiny rooms and tight staircases of the 1740 residence that Betsy rented while establishing her living as an upholsterer.

During the self-guided tour, guests can talk to Betsy herself and discover why she took on the potentially treasonous flag-making task when George Washington came knocking at her door.

The Experience

On the self-guided tour, guests explore Ross’s upholstery shop, the parlor where she received the Flag Committee, the bedroom where she sewed the first flag and her basement where she made musket cartridges for the Continental Army.

Treasures throughout the home include Ross's family bible, snuff box and more.

Family treasures throughout the Betsy Ross House include her family bible, snuff box and more. Changing exhibits in the gallery offer unique peeks into rarely seen corners of Colonial life.

Kids love meeting Betsy and having her show them how to cut a five point star with just one snip of the scissors. Interactive exhibits let young visitors try their hands at colonial cookery and more.

Audio guides are available, including a special version just for kids, where Betsy’s voice shares more insight on life among the working class in 18th-century Philadelphia.

The History

The raging war for Independence created many widows. Betsy Griscom Ross Ashburn Claypool ultimately lost three husbands, but unlike many widows who were left without resources, her skills as a seamstress enabled her to support herself and her seven children.

She operated her business well past the age of 70 and finally died at the age of 84.

Betsy Ross is buried beneath the giant elm, magnolia and sycamore trees that shade the courtyard of her home in Philadelphia’s Historic District.

Events & More

During the summer months, Once Upon A Nation Storytellers entertain in the courtyard during the day and on First Friday nights you can enjoy an outdoor movie under the stars.

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