The Betsy Ross House has rooms restored to reflect life in the 18th century. ((courtesy, G. Wiman for Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation))


The Betsy Ross House was built more than 250 years ago. It is believed that Betsy Ross lived here from 1773 to 1785, and the house is generally recognized as the place where she made the first American Flag. By the late 19th century, most of the other colonial-era buildings that once stood on this block of Arch Street had been torn down and replaced with large industrial buildings and warehouses. Many people feared Ross's home would meet the same fate. In 1898, several citizens founded the American Flag House and Betsy Ross Memorial Association to raise money to restore the house and open it as a public museum. Today, the house is filled with furniture characteristic of the period during which Ross lived here. Visitors can view seven period rooms, including a kitchen, bedrooms, a parlor, and the only interpretation of an 18th-century upholstery shop in the country.

 
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Address:
239 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106


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Telephone Number: (215) 686-1252
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