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Review of Betsy Ross House

Betsy Ross House
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US$19.00*
and up
Franklin's Footsteps Walking Tour
Ranked #55 of 427 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We stopped here in a bus tour and it was worth the stop! Betsy is buried just outside the house and just the look and feel of the house gives you an idea of what things must have been like back then!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Renee P
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

The Betsy Ross House is a classic small brick home in the old city section that was built around 1752. She is credited with sewing the 1st flag of 13 circular stars. She was quite an accomplished seamstress having embroidered shirt ruffles for George Washington in the days before his appointment as the Commander-in-chief of the United States Army. She also stuffed paper tube cartridges with musket balls, sewed flags and repaired Continental Army uniforms all while running her upholstery business. It is thought she only lived at this residence for a short time in her life. There is an attractive courtyard to the left as you enter the property. Betsy Ross was onsite answering questions "in character", almost to a fault when I had to go to another source to get answers on certain questions. Nice gift shop, check out the "Pounding Fathers Shirt." Only negative was a stubby 4 ft bust of Martin Luther King in the courtyard shrink wrapped with an American Flag. Very out of place and it took away from the atmosphere of this National Landmark as you enter the property. Political correctness run amuck as the staff agreed when I asked what it was doing there. It would look fine in a civil rights museum, but not here.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Mark G
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Her grave is in the front yard. You learn more about her taking the tour, narrow stairs going downstairs, it is a very minimal fee, I think it was $2 or $3 per person.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank DOROTHY M
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

We stayed outside in the court yard due to time. A nice visit. There was ready material outside that may have given you enough information. A history lesson for sure and a must stop as you walk by. You could learn a lot in the court yard alone, maybe enough.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

We only had a short time to see museums before our flight home and we choose this and it was a good decision. The rooms and artifacts are important but the best part was talking to the women in the house. They played their parts as historical characters to perfection. The laundress was so informative and the owner of the residence also. My daughter is a fourth grade teacher and she is getting ready to teach about this period of American History and the women were very helpful and still in character. Excellent.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank ParTcake
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