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.
- May: Saturdays & Sundays; noon – 5 pm
- 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
First Friday Movies Under the Stars and Stripes and Extended Hours
$5 admission includes a tour of the Betsy Ross House and a movie in the courtyard. Visitors are encouraged to bring food and a bottle of wine to watch the movie. Below are the dates for First Friday Movies:
- June 3: Atomic Rulers of the World TICKETS »
- July 1: The Hideous Sun Demon TICKETS »
- August 5: The Monster that Challenged the World
- September 2: Alligator People
- October 7: Bucket of Blood and Night of the Living Dead
Betsy Ross House Flag Festival
June 11 - 18, 10 am - 5 pm
Celebrate Flag Day in the birthplace of Old Glory with a week of fun festivities for the whole family at the Betsy Ross House. Flag Festival 2016 kicks off at the start of National Flag Week on June 11 with Stars & Stripes Saturday, a mini carnival in the Betsy Ross House courtyard with carnival games, juggling and circus acts, and a Punch and Judy Puppet show. Highlights of the week include visits from Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, crafts for kids, a Flag Day Proclamation and the Philadelphia Flag Day Association’s Naturalization Ceremony. Stars & Stripes Saturday event is free with admission. All other Flag Festival activities are free.
Historic Chocolate Making Demonstration
October 8 & 9, November 26 and 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 host 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!
Step Back Into Time Photos
Don a Colonial costume, take a photo that places you in 1776, and take home a souvenir from your visit with Historic Philadelphia, Inc.