October 09, 2023
You’ve heard the legend. But stitching America’s first flag is just a small part of the Betsy Ross story. Courageous rebel… Grieving widow… Working mom… Business owner… Survivor. Throughout the historic Betsy Ross House, you’ll discover artifacts, documents and historic interpreters that reveal the extraordinary life of an ordinary 18th-century woman.
Through daily tours plus a series of special events, discover the woman behind the nation’s First Flag this fall at the Betsy Ross House and maybe even learn some unexpected Philadelphia facts along the way. From Sip & Stitch gatherings to eerie Twilight Tours and classic movie nights, there's something for everyone. Dive into history, create memories, and be part of the magic.
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 meet Betsy in her upholstery shop and learn more about her
exciting life and times through our interactive, historical programming.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Self-Guided Tour: $10
Audio Tour: $12
Self-Guided Tour: $8
Audio Tour: $10
Take a trip back in time to Philadelphia in the 1700s! Learn about the gruesome history of infection and inoculation. Hear true, grim tales about bloodletting, smallpox, yellow fever, and other gross experiences. Find out what it was like to live in the ghastly 18th century and discover why Philadelphia was an infectious place to be. Then, head into the Betsy Ross House for a spooky, shadowy tour.
Hours: Oct. 13 – 28, Friday & Saturday evenings, every half hour 6 –
Celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Ross’s November 1773 marriage on November 3 and hear a love story for the ages! Meet a young Betsy Ross just after her elopement with John Ross. The night continues in the House with a special, love-themed tour and a handcrafted cocktail.
Hours: Tours starting at 5:30, 6:30, & 7:30 p.m.
After visiting the Betsy Ross House, visit nearby Franklin Square for a night Spooky Mini Golf featuring fog, lights, and more special effects. Get both experiences with Historic Philadelphia, Inc.’s Spooky Twosome Package.