Betsy Ross House – Philadelphia History

Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia - History of Philadelphia

‘The American Flag – Freedom, Liberty, & Pride’

The Betsy Ross House, one of our more treasured historic sites, is surrounded by a lot of Philadelphia History. The house located in Old City, is not far from historic icons and historic sites such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

The Main Question

Did Betsy Ross make the American Flag. There are historians on both side of the fence, but there are affidavits and evidence that source the fact that Betsy Ross did indeed make the American Flag. < click here >

In April 2009, Betsy Ross was officially credited for making the first stars and stripes flag by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. There is a historic marker in front of her house now that recognizes this great accomplishment in American History and is a big part of the History of Philadelphia.

History of the Betsy Ross House

The front of the house was believed to have been built around 1740, while the rear of the house was added 10 or 20 years later. Over the years, there has been restoration of the building and some changes of the original building. The house itself has served as both a residence and a business throughout the years to different shopkeepers and artisans.

Betsy Ross worked in this house as a furniture upholsterer and was believed to have occupied the house from 1773 to 1785. She had three husbands throughout history, two dying because of the war. Ross is buried beneath the giant elm and sycamore trees that shade the courtyard.

Location

239 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Hours

December through February  |  Tuesday – Sunday  |  10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays through February
March through November 2012  |  Monday – Sunday  |  10:00 am – 5:00 pm  |  daily
**All hours are subject to change without notice**

Phone

(215) 686-1252

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