Betsy Ross House

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Betsy Ross House

Little Rebel Cider and Wine Garden

Thursdays, September 21, & October 5

6 - 10 pm, FREE

The event features locally brewed ciders from Delaware-based Rebel Seed Cidery and wine from Harvest Ridge Winery for $5, and delicious treats from popular local food trucks. Live music and entertainment will be on-hand as well.

Admission to the Cider and Wine Garden in the Betsy Ross House Courtyard is free. Drinks and snacks are pay-as-you-go. The Betsy Ross House Gift Shop will be open for shopping.

First Friday Movie Nights Under the Stars & Stripes

$5 admission includes a self-guided tour of the Betsy Ross House and a movie in the courtyard. Come early to play a pre-screening game of trivia, hosted by The Philadelphia Film Society.

Below are the dates and movies for First Friday Movies:

  • October 6 - Bucket of Blood (7 pm) and Night of the Living Dead (8:15 pm)

Purchase tickets here.


UNITED created by Ben Smallen

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 & 23

8 pm at the Betsy Ross House Courtyard

$15: General Admission

The Revivalists – brainchild of director Ben Smallen and Producer Tom England – are set to bring a new American musical to the 2017 Philadelphia Neighborhood Fringe Festival. UNITED takes that idea a step farther by reviving a seminal event from the creation of our country: the live declaring of independence which took place daily from July 8th through August 8th, 1776 throughout the American Colonies.

Purchase tickets here.

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 women, 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:

  • October 7
  • October 8 (Noon - 6 pm for Old City Fest)
  • November 4
  • November 25
  • December 31

Sponsored by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate – free with admission.

Interested in sampling opportunites at an upcoming event?

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Group Information

Group Activities, Tours, and Unique Experiences

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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!

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