Betsy Ross House
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 women, 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.
Sponsored by the Connelly Foundation.
- June – November: Fridays – Sundays; noon – 5 pm
- December: Fridays – Sundays & 12/26 – 12/29; noon – 5 pm
- January – March 2017: Fridays – Sundays & Martin Luther King, Jr. Day & President’s Day; noon – 5 pm
Historic Holiday Nights in Old City
Thursday, December 1, 5 - 8 pm
This celebration of the holiday season in Old City will feature Betsy Ross, carolers, and a live ice sculpture performance by Studio Ice. Visitors can take photos with the Old City Photo Booth and enjoy $1 off admission at the Betsy Ross House, which will offer extended hours until 8 pm.
Presented by VISIT PHILADELPHIA® and Old City District.
Betsy's Birthday Bash
Saturday, December 31, 11 am - 4 pm
Help us celebrate Betsy Ross’s 265th birthday! The event includes an historic chocolate making demonstration and free cupcakes at 1:00 pm courtesy of City Tavern. Festivities are from 11 am – 4 pm.
Historic Chocolate Making Demonstration
December 31, 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.
Sponsored by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate – free with admission.
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!