Aging Expectations

Visiting Betsy Ross House

betsy rossFlag Day is a very important day for me. It’s my birthday 🙂

It stands to reason I like Betsy Ross. The fact that I live so close to her home is fantastic. I remember visiting it on a class trip when I was a little girl.

I’ve been back a few times but on my most recent trip, I took Leah for the first time.

We took the train there and walked a few blocks to her house. On the way, I told her all about Betsy Ross. It wasn’t much information but she got stuck on her age.

I told her Betsy Ross lived over 200 years ago (January 1, 1752 – January 30, 1836 to be exact) and she thought Betsy Ross was 200 years old. After a little more explaining, I think she got it.

The house is much smaller than I remember as a little girl. It’s still as interesting though. The best part is the woman  dressed as Betsy Ross and speaks as if she is Betsy Ross.

Leah stared in amazement. She probably thought “this woman looks awesome for being 200 years old!”

The Betsy Ross look-alike was so nice. She showed us how to make a five-pointed star from a small piece of paper and gave it to Leah as a keepsake.

betsy ross

betsy ross

The kitchen has a little pretend cooking area for kids, which Leah really loved. Luckily, we got there right before a class trip so it wasn’t crowded. Timing is everything, right?

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Also to note, the gift shop is when you come in as opposed to when you depart.

In theory, this is a great idea.

In theory, you could say “no” to any gifts because you haven’t even been through the tour yet and offer a visit there when you’re done.

In theory, you could leave without having to purchase any gifts. It sounds great, right?

In theory, yes – but…it didn’t work for us 🙂

Leah got a coloring book and lollipop, which she enjoyed in the beautiful courtyard.

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Leah and I had a great time . She learned something and had fun. I would highly recommend visiting, especially since it’s very inexpensive.

We also walked a few blocks to Franklin Square and met up with family. We’ve been before but Leah still enjoyed the story telling, playground and a round of mini-golf with her cousins.

franklin square

franklin square


Here are a few other places to visit in Philadelphia:

Please Touch Museum

Academy of Natural Sciences

Philadelphia Zoo


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Although we enjoyed complimentary admittance to the Betsy Ross house, all opinions are my own!

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