on October 11, 2010
Betsy Ross house is a hidden treasure in Philadelphia. As an ignorant tourist i wanted to see the Rocky Steps and the Liberty Bells and had no knowledge of Betsy Ross or who she was. I was brought here on a guided walking tour and if i ever returned i would do it again. It is amazing how there are contrasts in Philadelphia. On one hand there is the newly constructed tall buildings and on the other hand there are the cobbled streets. Betsy Ross house is near the beginning of these cobbled streets on the famous Arch street. It is slap bang in the city centre and you can get here from the greyhound station or 30th street station quite easily on foot within 5 minutes.The house was built 250 years ago and you would think that you have stepped back in time as they have kept all the buildings in their original state. The walk along the cobbled street there are houses, where real people live, shaped like little cottages that you would see in rural Ireland. Betsy Ross is an iconic american woman who is responsible for designing the stars and the stripes of the present day american flag. The building was opened to the public in 1937 as a museum. It is a typical old fashioned town house with one room on each floor and a winding staircase that stretches from the cellar to the upper areas. You get a terrific insight into the history of the area and the Ross and Mund families who lived in the house at various times. The house shows the old furniture and the flags Betsy made.What is so endearing is that the house is now run by the historic Philadelphia Inc. and what a terrific job they do. They put on events several times during the year where people can meet a woman dressed up as Betsy Ross who tells stories. Also in the garden you can buy hot dogs and all american snacks. The building is delightful and welcoming to tourists and families with children. Also there is a suggested admission of $3 for adults and $2 for children which is extremely cheap compared to other great landmarks which cost the earth and with long queues. None of that here.I would class this place a hidden treasure and a great insight into American history incorporating how people lived in the past and Betsy's life and how she made the great american flag. Philadelphia should be proud of its history. Well recommended to visit.
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