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Betsy Ross House

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Address: 239 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 215-629-4026
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Historic Georgian-style home where the first American flag was made pays...

Historic Georgian-style home where the first American flag was made pays tribute to the creator of the Stars and Stripes.

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Simply a patriot's home

There is no substitute for walking through the actual home of people who were willing to give their lives in support of what they believe in, particularly in defense of a young... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Hatzlacha
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Virginia

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Mountain View, California, United States
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69 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you are in the National Indepence Historic site area, you might as well do it. But as such I think it was overhyped. This place should have been a part of say, National Constitution Center. Standing on its own, it has very little value to offer.

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Thank Ashish B
NYC
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30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The woman portraying Betsy was so wonderful and truly made our time and tour there so enjoyable. It's a small house that packs a BIG historic punch. We really enjoyed learning more about this brave and fearless woman!!

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Thank BBrett
Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice little Colonial home. Through the window you can see a woman in period garb sewing. Don't know if you can usually tour the place but when we visited the only place you could go inside was the small gift shop.

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Thank Ken L
Virginia
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163 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is no substitute for walking through the actual home of people who were willing to give their lives in support of what they believe in, particularly in defense of a young nation's identity. Ms. Ross was a real person, living in these real rooms, taking on a job that was dangerous. There are no thick castle walls or army... More 

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Thank Hatzlacha
New York City, New York
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211 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quick stop - we did the tour of the house which was interesting... but discovered that perhaps Betsy isnt the original designer of the flag.... oh well, we may never know. It is historical and they even had a live person posing as Betsy answering questions. Worth a stroll through if you have an hour.

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Thank LawRockaway
United States
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did a self guided tour with our 3 boys. The captions in each room were interesting to read as Betsy Ross did so much more than just sew the nation's flag! The basement has a small area for younger children to pretend they are cooking in the old fashioned cooking hearth. Certain days have special events, so it's worth... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good for the tourist but bad for American history. Betsy Ross did not make the first American flag. There is even doubt that she ever sewed a single start or stripe to cloth. This was a myth perpetrated by her decedents. The house is an excellent example of early colonial architecture but don't buy into the mythology surrounding it.

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Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited on Christmas Eve... all to myself. Try before school buses arrive or after they have to leave on a weekday. Winter and walking in center city equals less crowds for this very tiny house that is best enjoyed in quiet not along with a large group. Try and plan ahead.

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Thank Lorie S
Buena Park, California
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45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I thought this would be a real trip back into American history. It was somewhat interesting, but could be improved. They had a setup and display of what it might have looked like back in the day. The display looked rather ragged. I think they could have done a better job in the presentation process.

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Thank 137rick
Englewood, Colorado
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50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

What a great place to visit and to know you were right there where our country's flag was made. A small house filled with so much history! A must see.

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