Betsy Ross House

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Betsy Ross House

Old City District Historic Holiday Nights at the Betsy Ross House

Thursdays, now through December 28

5 - 8 pm

Visit the Betsy Ross House courtyard during Historic Holiday Nights in Old City to marvel at the new Old City District Design Tree. Enjoy festive performances, extended hours until 8 pm, and $1 off admission Thursday nights to see Betsy herself!

Meet Phillis the Laundress

Meet Phillis, a free African American woman who was born into slavery in Philadelphia. She went to school to learn to read and was then indentured where she acquired valuable domestic skills, such as cooking and laundry, which she used to support herself when she received her freedom at the age of 21. As a free woman of color, Phillis lived in a growing and active community of free blacks in 18th century Philadelphia. Though her work was hard as a free and educated woman, she enjoyed a degree of independence that many were looking for in 18th century Philadelphia. Below are future dates Phillis will be Betsy Ross House.

Below is Phillis' schedule in 2017:

  • July – December: Thursdays – Sundays, noon – 5 pm (plus December 26-31)

Phillis' programming is sponsored by the Philadelphia Abolitionist Society Endowment Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation.

Historic Chocolate Making Demonstrations

Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Meet two female entrepreneurs and learn how women played an active role during the American Revolution – from making important military supplies, like flags and musket cartridges, to choosing “patriotic” beverages like chocolate and coffee, rather than tea. Sample the hot chocolate drink that colonists enjoyed.

Below are the dates of Historic Chocolate Making in 2017:

  • December 31

Sponsored by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate.

Betsy’s Birthday Bash

Sunday, December 31, 1 pm – 3 pm

Celebrate Betsy's 265th birthday with cake provided by City Tavern, Colonial Chocolate Making demonstrations and crafts for kids. Cupcakes are limited to a first-come, first-served basis. FREE.

Interested in sampling opportunities at an upcoming event?

Click HERE to learn more.


Group Information

Group Activities, Tours, and Unique Experiences

historic philadelphia group tours, school groups, entertainment

Plan your group trip to Historic Philadelphia with unique experiences from the Betsy Ross House, Franklin Square, and Once Upon A Nation! From interactive Storytelling tours and Philadelphia-themed mini golf to performances by historic reenactors, it's all listed right here!

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