Betsy Ross's House

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Barber E. Lane on February 23, 2003

Probably the thing that sticks out in my mind most about the visit to Betsy Ross's House is how small the rooms in the house were, the unusual two and a half stories, and the tiny butterfly staircase to the upper floor. It's hard to imagine how Betsy Ross, her husband, their seven daughters, and the house owner and her two grandchildren all lived and conducted an upholstery/seamstress business in this small space. The workshop area in the house shows items used in that trade.

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.

Betsy Ross House
239 Arch St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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