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Betsy Ross House

Betsy Ross House

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
19106 USA

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Philadelphia PA is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Betsy Ross House. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

THE HISTORY

The building known as the Betsy Ross House, was built over 250 years ago with the front portion was built around 1740 and the rear section added 10 to 20 years later. Betsy Ross lived here from 1776 to 1779. Betsy rented the shop and one of the bedrooms above. By 1876 this building was recognized as where Betsy made the first American flag. Betsy's life was not without tragedy. Her first husband, John Ross, was killed shortly after they married. She married twice more, finally have five daughters with her third spouse. One of these five children died at an early age.

For more than 150 years, the house served as both a business and a residence for many different businesses, including shoemaker, upholstery shop, drugstore, tailor, a cigar store and a tavern.

In the 1870s, the Mund family moved and took advantage of the house's history by posting a sign on the outside, which read: "First Flag of the US Made in this House."

By the late 1800s, most of the other colonial-era buildings on this block of Arch Street had been torn down and replaced with large industrial buildings and warehouses. Many people feared that Betsy's home would meet the same fate.In 1898, a group of concerned citizens established the American Flag House and Betsy Ross Memorial Association to raise money to purchase the house, restore it, and open it as a public museum in honor of Betsy Ross and the first American flag.

Restoration on the building was done in 1937 and when construction was completed, all eight rooms of the house were open to the public on Flag Day, June 14, 1937. The entire property, including the historic house and courtyard, was given to the city of Philadelphia in 1941.

The Betsy Ross House remains dedicated to its mission of preserving the historic site and interpreting the life of Betsy Ross, a working-class, 18th-century tradeswoman. Visitors can view six rooms that are furnished with period antiques, 18th-century reproductions and objects that belonged to Betsy Ross and her family.

THE HAUNTINGS

Visitors have reported seeing her ghost crying at the foot of the bed in the basement and hearing ghostly voices.

Ghost Hunters filmed an eposide here.

 

 

 

 

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Date added: Jan/24/2017 | Last time updated: Apr/22/2020

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