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 - 4 pm, daily
  • December 1 - February 28, 2016: 10 am - 4 pm, Tuesdays - Sundays

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 David Salisbury Franks, a hero of the American Revolution and aide-de-camp to Benedict Arnold.

Location & Hours

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

  • April 1 - May 22: 11 am - 3 pm, Thursdays - Saturdays
  • May 23 - September 7: 11 am - 3 pm, daily

 


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 - May 22: 11 am - 4 pm, Saturdays & Sundays
  • May 23 - September 7: 11 am - 4 pm, daily

 


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 23 - 25, Memorial Day Weekend: 2 and 3 pm, daily
  • May 29 - June 6: 2 and 3 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
  • June 9 - August 15: 2 and 3 pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays
  • August 21 - September 5: 2 and 3 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
  • September 6 & 7, Labor Day Weekend: 2 and 3 pm, daily

 


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 23 - 25, Memorial Day Weekend: 3:45 pm, daily
  • May 29 - June 6: 3:45 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
  • June 9 - August 15: 3:45 pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays
  • August 21 - September 5: 3:45 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
  • September 6 & 7, Labor Day Weekend: 3:45 pm, daily