Interactive & educational tour of the Betsy Ross House
Chance to learn the loved yet unproven tale of Betsy Ross
Time to talk to Betsy in her shop & hear her own story
Archival photos, artifacts & replica of America's first flag
Opportunity to decide for yourself if the story is true
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Admission to the Betsy Ross House
What you can expect
Immerse yourself in the colorful fabric of American history with a self-guided visit to the Betsy Ross House. Tour the place where Betsy is said to have sewed the first Stars and Stripes, experiencing the sights and sounds of the 18th century through interactive and educational programming.
Step back in time to 1776 as you explore the house where Betsy lived and worked. Learn about the legend that was first brought to public attention in 1870 by Betsy's grandson, who presented signed affidavits stating he and his family members heard the story of the American flag from Betsy's own mouth. According to oral history, 3 men—George Washington, Robert Morris, and George Ross—visited Betsy in her upholstery shop. Washington himself is said to have pulled a piece of paper from his pocket, upon which was a sketch of a flag with 13 red and white stripes and 13 6-pointed stars. He asked Betsy if she would sew a flag from the design, and she agreed—but not before suggesting they make the stars 5-pointed instead of 6.
As you learn the story, weave your way through the house to uncover archival photos and one-of-a-kind artifacts. You can even visit Betsy herself in her upholstery shop, where you can watch her hard at work, see real tools of the trade, and ask to hear her own recounting of how the flag came to be. Despite the absence of written records to prove the story, there are many reasons why historians believe it could be true. By the end of your tour, you can decide for yourself whether you think it's a well-loved legend or historic fact.