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.
- January – March 2017: Fridays – Sundays & Martin Luther King, Jr. Day & President’s Day; noon – 5 pm
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:
- February 19
- March 4
- March 5
- 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.
New Exhibit Coming Soon!
Historic Threads: 250 Years of Flag Making in Philadelphia
The Betsy Ross House will be unveiling a new exhibit in early 2017. Most people know about Betsy Ross’ famous flag, but she is not the only flag maker who stitched her way into the fabric of Philadelphia’s history. This exhibit will explore the rich history of flag making in Philadelphia, from 13-star flags stitched in 1776 to Presidential flags hand-embroidered today.
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!