Betsy Ross House
Women's History Month Celebration
Saturday, March 25, 11 am – 3 pm
Visit the Betsy Ross House on March 25 to celebrate Women's History Month. From 11 am – 3 pm, enjoy Once Upon a Nation storytelling featuring inspiring stories about important women that helped shape our nation. At 1 & 2:30 pm, enjoy Breeches and Petticoats, where you can meet Sarah Melton, a colonial businesswoman who worked as “mantua maker” designing one-of-a-kind dresses for her clients in Philadelphia, and learn about popular clothing styles of the late 1700's. During this highly interactive program, a few lucky visitors will have the opportunity to be dressed in 18th-century clothing of the “middle sort” as Sarah explains the design, creation, and purpose of each item.
Mother’s Day Tea with Betsy
Saturday, May 13, 4 pm – 5:30 pm
Enjoy an assortment of teas, sandwiches, and sweets from City Tavern in the beautiful courtyard! Learn about tea etiquette from Betsy Ross herself and enjoy a special after hours tour of the Betsy Ross House. Seating is limited and reservation are required. Tickets are $20 per person.
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.
Below is Phillis' schedule in 2017:
- March – April 30, Thursdays– Sundays, noon - 5 pm (plus April 6-15 and April 23)
- April 14
- May – June, Saturdays and Sundays, noon – 5 pm
- July – December Thursdays – Sundays, noon – 5 pm (plus December 26-31)
Sponsored by the Connelly 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:
- April 8
- April 14
- October 7
- October 8 (Noon - 6 pm for Old City Fest)
- November 4
- November 25
- December 31
Sponsored by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate – free with admission.
10th Annual Betsy Ross House Flag Festival
June 11-17, 2017
Celebrate Flag Day in the birthplace of Old Glory with a week of fun festivities for the whole family at the Betsy Ross House this June. Flag Festival 2017 kicks off at the start of National Flag Week on June 11 and continues with activities through the week. Highlights include visits from Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, the new, interactive Breeches and Petticoats program, activities for kids, a Flag Day Proclamation and the Philadelphia Flag Day Association’s Naturalization Ceremony. The week culminates with Stars & Stripes Saturday on June 17, a mini carnival in the Betsy Ross House courtyard with games, juggling and circus acts, and a Punch and Judy Puppet show. Stars & Stripes Saturday event is free with admission. All other Flag Festival activities are free.
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!