Once Upon a Nation

Historic Reenactments

Historic Reenactments

Meet Betsy Ross

Meet the First Lady of the Stars & Stripes in the upholstery shop and ask her questions about her fascinating life as a colonial businesswoman, patriot, and mother.

Location & Hours

The Betsy Ross House is located in the heart of Historic Philadelphia at 239 Arch Street.

  • March 1 - November 30: 10 am - 5 pm, daily
  • December 1 - February 28, 2017: 10 am - 5 pm, Tuesdays - Sundays, closed at 3 pm on December 24 (Open December 28, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day)

Military Muster

Do you hear the drum beating?

The Continental Army is recruiting a few good kids for drills in the art of marching and musket etiquette.

Location & Hours

The Military Muster takes place at Signers' Garden at the corner of 5th & Chestnut Streets, across the street from Independence Hall.

  • May 28 - 30, Memorial Day Weekend: 2 and 3 pm, daily
  • June 3 - June 11: 2 and 3 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
  • June 14 - August 13: 2 and 3 pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays
  • August 19 - September 3: 2 and 3 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
  • September 4 & 5, Labor Day Weekend: 2 and 3 pm, daily at Signers’ Garden, 5th & Chestnut Street

 


Declaration Readings

Greet the History Makers and hear moving readings from the Declaration of Independence.

Location & Hours

Declaration Readings take place in Independence Square, directly behind Independence Hall.

  • May 28 - 30, Memorial Day Weekend: 3:45 pm, daily
  • June 3 - June 11: 3:45 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
  • June 14 - August 13: 3:45 pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays
  • August 19 - September 3: 3:45 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
  • September 4 & 5, Labor Day Weekend: 3:45 pm, daily, Behind Independence Hall

 

 


Independence Visitor Center


Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia™

Visit the Independence Visitor Center and meet a Once Upon A Nation History Maker! Who is that, you ask? They are lesser-known historic figures who lived in Philadelphia like like Portrait Artist, James Peale and Secretary of War, General Henry Knox!

Location & Hours

The Independence Visitor Center is located at the corner of 6th & Market Streets, across the street from the Liberty Bell Center.

  • May 28 - September 5: 11 am - 5 pm

 


Free Quaker Meeting House


Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia™

Visit this historic house of worship where Revolutionary War-era Free Quakers met. Saturdays and Sundays, meet members of this congregation, as portrayed by costumed History Makers, and learn about their impact on Colonial Philadelphia.

Location & Hours

The Free Quaker Meeting House is located at the corner of 5th & Arch Streets, across the street from Christ Church Burial Ground.

  • April 1 - June 11: 11 am - 4 pm, Saturdays & Sundays
  • June 12 - September 5: 11 am - 4 pm, daily

 


Carpenters' Hall

Visit this iconic site that hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774 and meet and mingle with figures from our nation’s history, like Secretary of War, Henry Knox.

Location & Hours

Carpenters’ Hall is located on Chestnut Street between 3rd & 4th Streets.

  • May 28 – September 5: 11 am - 3:30 pm, Saturdays