The Betsy Ross House is a landmark in Philadelphia purported to be the site where the seamstress and flag-maker Betsy Ross (1752-1836) lived when she is said to have sewed the first American Flag. The origins of the Betsy Ross myth trace back to her relatives, particularly her grandsons, William and George Canby, and the celebrations of the Centennial of 1876. Evidence for the precise location of Ross' home came from verification provided by several surviving family members, although the best archival evidence indicates the house would have been adjacent to the one that still stands today as The Betsy Ross House. The 1937 Philadelphia Guide noted that, after the current Betsy Ross House was selected as the Flag House, the adjacent building where Ross may have indeed lived "was torn down to lessen the hazards of fire, perhaps adding a touch of irony to what may well have been an error in research." Although the house is one of the most visited tourist sites in Philadelphia, the claim that Ross once lived there, and that she designed and sewed the first American flag, sometimes called the Betsy Ross flag, are considered false by most historians.
The house sits on Arch Street, several blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The front part of the building was built around 1740, in the Pennsylvania colonial style, with the stair hall and the rear section added 10 to 20 years later. Had she lived here, Ross would have resided in the house from 1776, the death of her first husband, John Ross, until about 1779.
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roger s | Jan 14, 2018
Went there today for the first time. Good location with plenty to see, do, and eat nearby. Reasonable price ($5). Interesting information. Did you know Betsy Ross had 3 husbands? (Not at once). Save the $2 on the audio tour which is not really needed since things are well identified and labeled. The whole tour would only take about 30 minutes as it's not a big place. My only gripe is there did not seem to be much there that actually belonged to Betsy Ross. On a side note she and her last husband are actually buried there.
John S. | Feb 23, 2018
Betsy Ross isn't very interactive but she's pretty good role model. She told her life story pretty well plus her contribution to The Flag. The best day to see her at her house is on her birthday December 31st in Philadelphia. Yes Betsy Ross' Birthday is while the Christmas Electric Kite Displays at Franklin Square Park, 200 N 6th St, Philadelphia starts after 5:PM. New Year Eve Fireworks will sound off at 6:PM & Midnight for New Year's Eve from the Deleware River. All of this on one day has given Android quite a crush on Betsy Ross so he wants to revisit every year for a secret date. Android asked Ross for her cellphone number but she doesn't seem to know what that is.
Rory Goldman | Jan 10, 2018
I don't really need to say much more Then that the Betsy Ross house is a monument to American freedom. This is the place or Betsy Ross designed and made the first real American flag. Located just outside the Independence Museum Park area the Betsy Ross house is a must-see as part of your tour of Historic Philadelphia.
Kenny Kiefer | Dec 28, 2017
This was pretty neat! Lots of cool history and period actors that you can interact with and all questions. Get in the spirit and talk to them like you are living in that time... It makes it easy more interesting and fun!
Ryan Ingram | Dec 2, 2017
This is a beautiful house and a wonderful historical landmark. I’m very thankful for all of the work that has been done to preserve this. My gratitude continues to the staff that remains professional, enthusiastic, and passionate about the historical value and importance of what they do.
Kelsie Housley | Apr 6, 2018
It’s an awesome little house! Definitely worth it to see if you’re visiting. It was informative, and kind of nice to be able to look and read at your own pace through the house. The ladies inside the house are awesome and so smart! They give lots of great information. It is nice, but it’s a one time kind of attraction. I wouldn’t pay to go through twice.
Rolshell Johnson | Mar 16, 2018
The tour is $5-$7... I invested into the audio guide & paid $7. What an experience. They even had a live person acting as Betsy Ross talking in the old tongue. You can ask as many questions as you like. I would love to visit again with kids.
Peter Kim | Apr 6, 2018
The kids had a great time seeing how a historic house looked like. They especially liked the actress that was downstairs explaining the hard work required to keep the house in order. It's a must see if visiting Philly for historic sites.
John De santis | Apr 5, 2018
Nice to visit where the first American flag was made, but I think it's too exaggerated make pay the kids 5 or 6 years old. Bastille a beautiful place to visit it's part of American history once in a lifetime you have to see it for me two times is better than one
Emil Damsyik | Apr 24, 2018
A house worth a visit whenever you happen to be in Philadelphia. The tour guide in the Betsy Ross House are very knowledgable and very nice. You would want to ask a lot of questions about the flag, how and when it was first made and sewn by Betsy Ross. About George Washington and two other important members of secret congress who asked her to sew the very first flag of United States in May 1776. I thought I knew a lot about it, but I just found out I did not. L.o.l.
Aliraluna - | Jun 5, 2018
This place is very lovely and well taken care of. The house is beautiful and it truly feels like you are going back in time. Everything is clean and the lady playing Betsy is amazing, captivating everyone with her act (movements, voice and accent). Very happy to have visited again (second time here). The store is lovely as always. Recommended. Price very cheap too.
Andi Chakravarti | May 27, 2018
Textile lovers, sewers and quilters - this is a must-see. The courage of Mrs. Ross is to be admired as well as her needlework as an upholsterer cum flagmaker. Costumed, knowledgeable impersonators described life at the time as Mrs. Ross herself and her washerwoman, in period speech, no less. As a quilter and fabric lover, I found this engrossing; an hour went by quickly. A bonus was live storytelling in the courtyard. Children - sans screens, no less - appeared captivated by the engaging storyteller as she recounted historical tales. Note the felled seams on the flag (reproduction)
Jordan Bray | May 24, 2018
It was a great visit. Not too expensive and very informative. The only problem I have is that the tour wasn't nicely spaced out. As a family you could end up with a school hour of roudy kids. There was enough staff there for the group's to be more nicely spaced so families could have time to read everything before they get ushered out by the school group
Roweena D'Souza | Jun 15, 2018
Small space, easy to get tangled with those who linger. Didn't do the audio tour and was simple enough to go through on my own. The spaces are beautifully maintained and the outdoor food corner is good too.
Karrah Sampson | Jun 29, 2018
This was a fun place that I'd definitely recommend seeing while visiting philadelphia. It was really cool to learn more of the history of Betsy Ross, there was so much about her I didn't know! The rooms are tight so it's hard to see things when it's crowded but there's only so much you can while still preserving a historical site. Overall it's a good quick stop on your tour of history in the city.
jeanine leclaire | Jul 20, 2018
I've lived in Philly since 2001 but hadn't seen the B. R. house until friends came to visit. It's well worth the five bucks. The best part are the character actors who are knowledgeable, energetic, and friendly.
Kristie Willy | Jul 1, 2018
A must see! The live action Betsy Ross was so believably brilliant, and the house was gorgeous. The audio tour was informative and fun, and the gift shop was great. The grounds had activities going on, too. Just go, and learn about this awesome rebel woman!
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