Betsy Ross House
Old City District Historic Holiday Nights at the Betsy Ross House
Thursdays, November 30 – December 28
Beginning November 30, visit the Betsy Ross House courtyard during Historic Holiday Nights in Old City, Thursdays, 5 - 8 pm. Marvel at the new Old City District Design Tree, an artistic lighting installation that celebrates the season with a nod to the neighborhood’s strong history of art and design. Enjoy festive performances, extended hours until 8 pm, and $1 off admission Thursday nights!
Please note: Betsy will only be in her upholstery shop on opening night, November 30.
Meet Phillis the Laundress
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. Below are future dates Phillis will be Betsy Ross House.
Below is Phillis' schedule in 2017:
- July – December: Thursdays – Sundays, noon – 5 pm (plus December 26-31)
Sponsored by the Connelly Foundation.
Historic Chocolate Making Demonstrations
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Meet two female entrepreneurs and learn how women played an active role during the American Revolution – from making important military supplies, like flags and musket cartridges, to choosing “patriotic” beverages like chocolate and coffee, rather than tea. Sample the hot chocolate drink that colonists enjoyed.
Below are the dates of Historic Chocolate Making in 2017:
- November 25
- December 31
Sponsored by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate.
Betsy’s Birthday BashSunday, December 31, 11 am – 4 pm
Celebrate Betsy's 265th birthday with cake provided by City Tavern, Colonial Chocolate Making demonstrations and crafts for kids. FREE.
Plan your group trip to Historic Philadelphia with unique experiences from the Betsy Ross House, Franklin Square, and Once Upon A Nation! From interactive Storytelling tours and Philadelphia-themed mini golf to performances by historic reenactors, it's all listed right here!