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The birthplace of the American flag is alive with the sights and sounds of the 18th century. Tour the house and then stay a while longer to learn more about Betsy and her exciting life and times through our interactive, historical programming.

Now, Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 am - 5 pm; (Open Presidents’ Day, 10 am - 5 pm)

Learn about Phillis the Laundress at the Betsy Ross House during Black History Month

Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am - 5 pm; (Open Presidents’ Day, 10 am - 5 pm)

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 woman, she enjoyed a degree of independence that many were looking for in 18th century Philadelphia.

Phillis' programming is sponsored by the Philadelphia Abolitionist Society Endowment Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation.

MLK Bust at the Betsy Ross House

Now - February 28

View a beautiful bust honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The bust, created by students from the Potter-Thomas School through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, commemorates the 50th anniversary year of the assassination of MLK. The bust will be on view at the Betsy Ross House through the end of February. This public art project is sponsored by Comcast.


Franklin Square Reopens in March!

Thank you for visiting Franklin Square in 2017! The Square will reopen on March 1 for the 2018 season.


Once Upon A Nation programs return in May!



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