Betsy Ross House

Historic Site
239 Arch St (btwn Bread St & 3rd St)
Philadelphia, PA 19106


  • Betsy Ross, credited with sewing the first American flag, is believed to have worked and resided in this house, built around 1740, from 1773 to 1885.
  • Red-White-and-You. After you see how our favorite seamstress lived, hear more of the story via the Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Bench outside.
  • The feisty patriot who lived here was always a rebel. Eloping with an Episcopal got her kicked out of the Quakers. Vietnam Veterans Against the War took over her house in 1971 for a 45-minute protest.
  • The Betsy Ross Memorial is the only site in America that interprets an 18th century upholstery shop.
  • Did you know? Though she is often referred to as a seamstress, Betsy Ross was actually an educated and trained upholsterer who owned and ran her own business.
  • Frank is the nicest & most helpful employee. He's the greatest! He went above & beyond his job. Recalibrated the penny machine & made sure I got all four designs :)
  • 'Merica! Fuck yeah!
  • Believe it or not, Ms. Ross hosts free AT&T wi-fi. :)
  • The PHLASH trolley runs Fri, Sat & Sun from 10-6 pm May-October 28, 2012. Just head to stops 2 or 19, buy a $2 ticket & you'll be on your way to seeing more of Philadelphia's attractions and museums.
  • Take a tour of Betsy Ross's house and learn the technique she developed to cut out all those stars quickly.
  • According to the History Channel Betsy lived there for 112 years!?!
  • Besty's Crib....Very insightful
  • Bring the kids! If your tyke is the youngest in the room during the sewing demonstration, he/she will get a surprise!
  • A cute historical place to visit ! The nation's first post office is across the street, and you can snail mail yourself a special commemorative post card !
  • visit pa is great , to LIVE THERE IS WAY BETTER !
  • Must see! Lots of great history!
  • The Betsy Ross House is one of Philadelphias must see historical sites.
  • Take the audio guides tour, it's perfect!
  • Skip it. Not even legit history.
  • Excellent!!!!!!

Nearby places

Arch St (at 5th St)
126 Elfreths Aly (at N 2nd St)
520 Chestnut St (btwn S 5th & S 6th Sts)