Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia

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    Legends of a Recent History

    by solopes Updated Mar 31, 2015

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    Popular tradition says that the first American flag was conceived and made by a Quaker lady named Elizabeth (Betsy).

    The house where she lived with another widow, after her husband death, was preserved, and you may visit both the house and the shop.

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    by charrie Written Jul 11, 2006

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    Cute enough from the outside (which has Betsy Ross's and her 3rd husband, John Claypool's graves), but inside this restored home of the woman who sewed the first American flag, it's pretty much a gift shop.

    Open daily 10-5 (Memorial Day-Labor Day)
    Tuesday-Sun 10-5 (Rest of Year)
    Closed Jan 1, Thanksgiving, Dec 25

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    1906 Postcard mailed Labor Day 1907

    by grandmaR Updated Nov 27, 2013

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    My grandfather sent my grandmother this card in 1907 from Philadelphia. My grandmother had gone home to her parent's house in Henderson NC. He writes "9/2/07 Although this is a holiday [Labor Day] came in from Berwyn to see what was doing & will write later in the day.

    The front of the card calls Betsy Ross's house

    THE WORLD'S MOST NOTED DWELLING
    Purchased (clear) Dec. 14th, 1905
    By popular
    (small) equal
    subscriptions
    from
    1,046,270

    Americans from
    every part of the
    Globe on land and
    sea, irrespective of
    age, sex or
    religion
    BETSY ROSS HOME
    Birthplace of the U.S.Flag
    239 Arch Street, Phila., PA.

    The flag has the date June 14th, 1777 under it

    The text under the flag says:
    The first American Flag was
    made by my Great-grand
    mother Betsy Ross at 239 Arch Ln.
    Philadelphia Pa- Copy made by
    me. I presented to Charles Weisgerber
    of the Sons of the Revolution and
    Promoter in saving the house
    Ass. Superintendent of
    Independence Hall.
    Sandy M Wilson
    6-14-96

    On the website of the Betsy Ross house, it says

    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 that Betsy's home would meet the same fate.

    In 1898, a group of concerned citizens established the American Flag House and Betsy Ross Memorial Association to raise money to purchase the house from the Munds, restore it, and open it as a public museum in honor of Betsy Ross and our first flag.

    Charles Weisgerber was one of the founding members of the Memorial Association. In 1892 he painted Birth of Our Nation's Flag, a 9' x 12' painting that depicts Betsy Ross presenting the first American Flag to George Washington, Robert Morris and George Ross.

    To raise the money to purchase the house, members of the American Flag House and Betsy Ross Memorial Association sold lifetime memberships to the organization for 10 cents. Each donor received a membership certificate imprinted with an image of Birth of Our Nation's Flag. Individuals were encouraged to form "clubs" of 30 members. The person who formed the club would receive a ten-color chromolithograph of the Weisgerber painting, suitable for framing, in addition to certificates for each club member.

    Weisgerber moved his family into the home in 1898 and immediately opened two rooms to the public.

    Self-Guided Tours

    Adults: 5.00
    Children/Students/Seniors/Military: 4.00

    Audio Tours

    Adults: 7.00
    Children/Students/Seniors/Military: 6.00

    Audio tours include admission to the house.

    1904 Postcard back of the card
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    Besty Ross House: Historic old...

    by Bavavia Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    Besty Ross House: Historic old house where you can tour. Its amazing how small the house is and the rooms, its wonderfully kept and it puts you back in history.
    Independence Hall, the Todd House( where Dollie Madison lived with her first husband), the Edgar Allen Poe house where he lived for a year with his dying wife and where he wrote several of his tales.

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    The Betsy Ross House

    by TravellerMel Updated Jun 23, 2011

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    It is believed that Betsy Ross lived here from 1773 to 1785, and it was in this house she created the first flag of the United States. I love historic homes, and it was very interesting to be able to walk through one of this age (build around 1740) and historical importance.

    Adult admissions are: $4 for the self-guided tour & $6 for the audio tour (which I highly recommend). There were no crowds when I went (June 2011) and it took me about 30 minutes to complete the tour of the house. Photography is not allowed inside the house.

    Betsy Ross and her third (and last) husband, John Claypoole, are buried in the courtyard adjacent to the house.

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    Betsy Ross House

    by keeweechic Updated Jul 27, 2003

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    Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag and because of its huge significance in where it is flown (whether on earth or in space) it is no surprise that Betsy Ross has become one of the most cherished figures of American History. This house is where she lived and has now become a shrine to her. Admission is by Donation.

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    Betsy Ross House

    by mannymiami Written Mar 31, 2003

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    This is the house of a very famous seamstress that was credited with making the first American flag in 1777. There is a small museum telling the story of this famous lady.

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    Betsy Ross House

    by seagoingJLW Written Apr 5, 2003

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    Visit the home of Betsy Ross. The house was built around 1749 and has 2 and a half stories with 9 rooms. Betsy and her husband, John Ross, rented the house and ran an upholstery business there.

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