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The Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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  • City center
Distance from city center: 1.3mi
Elza's pictureby Elza History & Culture travel tip
added on the 29th of September, 2010
Betsy Ross is a true American icon, because according to its descendants, she was the one who sew the first national flag of the United States. The oral history states that George Washington, Robert Morris and George Ross visited Betsy in her shop and asked if she could make a flag from a design made by Washington. The sketch showed a flag with thirteen red and white stripes with thirteen stars. Betsy sew the flag with her own hands, becoming a national emblem in history of the United States.

The Betsy Ross House is quite small, with a little souvenir shop and a courtyard where some historical facts are related to the visitor and sometimes colonial actors give a performance of everyday-life of a colonist.

The only drawback I could find regarding this historical sight is that being such a famous location and the house itself being so small, it becomes pretty crowded inside and you can’t navigate between the rooms easily. Apart from this, it was a house worth visiting, at least for an update on early American history.

239 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

Opening Hours:
Open Tue-Sun 10am - 5pm

How to get there:
North from the historic district. Follow the signs.

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