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“Interesting and quick”
Review of Betsy Ross House

Betsy Ross House
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$39.00*
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Ranked #36 of 463 things to do in Philadelphia
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The well-known and loved story of Betsy Ross sewing the first Stars & Stripes is tightly woven into the colorful fabric of America's rich history. The Betsy Ross House, the birthplace of the American flag, is alive with the sights and sounds of the 18th century. Tour the house and then stay a while longer to learn more about Betsy and her exciting life and times through our interactive, historical programming. *Note: The Betsy Ross House will be temporarily closed for renovations from February 27th through March 10th. The house will reopen on March 11th.
Reviewed November 30, 2013

If you've got an extra 1/2 hour or more stop in and take the quick tour through Betsy Ross' small Philadelphia home. It is an interesting slice of the average worker in colonial Philadelphia. The Betsy character is polite and knowledgeable.

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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Stopped by here for a nice tour with opportunities for ticket discounts. I think we only paid $3 each on a $4 ticket. Found out that Betsy Ross was married 3 times, was a Quaker, and is also buried on site. She didn't own the house, just lived there. The name on the grave says Elizabeth Claypoole. As you walk through the small house you end up on the lower level where there is an actress dressed in a period costume who speaks with you about her sewing and upholstery skills. She also answers any questions you might have while staying in character speaking using the thee's, thy's and thou's of the period. There is a gift shop and the attendant gave us walking direction to Eldreth's Alley which was also close by. A pleasant, brief historical stop.

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

This home and shop truly bring Betsy Ross to life. The home ( thankfully preserved) is almost hidden away on this busy street, and is a welcome and cozy entrances into her life and times from the modern noise and traffic beyond. The charming courtyard and entrance are has a small courtyard, fountain, garden table and chairs, and most surprisingly, off to the side, grqve marker for both Betsy and her last husband. The home ( rented at the time, but housed the family , extended family at times and re-creation of the streetside upholsterer's shop) literally leads you into her life. you can imagine opening the shop for business, receiving the order for the most important flag ord of her career, cooking in the kitchen, etc. Also fascinating is the inventory of the household goods and net worth upon the death of her husband, still very legible and poignant. Was a lovely stop in Philadelphia's history

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Reviewed October 27, 2013

My daughter and I stopped in here because she loves touring old and new homes and looking at the architecture and furniture of the times. We had wanted to tour the two historical homes that offered free tours but due to government cutbacks the tours were no longer being offered. The price here was somewhat reasonable (I believe $6) for an adult ticket. We did our own tour, not a guided tour. We very much enjoyed it and learned lots about the Revolutionary War and Betsy Ross. It was a history lesson along with seeing the house.

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

This is an excellent presentation not just about Betsy Ross and the flag, but also the issues of the Revolution in Philadelphia. The information is well presented. There are many plaques (and an audio tour) that give the history.
The live "Betsy Ross" is charming as she explains her life and answers our questions. Besides learning about the flag, we learned about life in that difficult time and how the war affected people who supported either the King or the Revolutionaries. Sewing the flag seems a small deal until you realize it was an act of treason punishable by a painful execution if discovered.
The house also gives insight to daily life in the late 18th century.
If stairs are an issue for you, the [self guided] tour has many stairs.
A great place for a short lesson in practical history.

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