Children should enjoy seeing how families had to cook with open fires as well as learn about the role Betsy Ross played in the American Revolution.
There is a lovely courtyard outside that is perfect for a picnic near the fountain. Throughout the day performers appear in period costumes.
Betsy Ross's house is a quick walk from the Franklin Mint and you will pass the graveyard where Ben Franklin is buried. Don't forget to toss a penny on Ben's grave for luck. (Last year the city of Philadelphia collected over $5,000 in change that was donated to city charities.)
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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
October 11, 2010
From journal Philadelphia freedom
September 26, 2005
From journal Philadelphia - A Home Grown City
by Barber E. Lane
Lake Forest, California
February 23, 2003
The house is located within a short walk--a few blocks--of Independence Plaza in the Historic District of Philadelphia, close to the Franklin Mint.
It was Betsy Ross's close proximity to Independence Hall, the location of her pew at Christ Church (it was next to George Washington's), and her renown as an able seamstress that won her the privilege of sewing the first U.S. flag with 13 stars.
A small gift shop located in the house sells many items relating to the Constitution, flags, and the new republic. It even has directions on how to cut a five-pointed star.
It doesn't take long to tour the house, but think of a visit as almost a way of paying respect to a historic person. The house is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm. Suggested entrance donation is $2 for adults and $1 for children.
From journal Philadelphia, A Town for History Buffs
June 25, 2001
From journal The CIty of Brotherly Love