Betsy Ross House


Legend has it that this is where America's first flag was made, although most historians doubt it – and it's pretty certain that the actual house Ross lived in was next to this one. Even so, it's a highly popular tourist stop. You get to meet 'Betsy Ross' herself: ask her questions and watch her at work on a flag.

The tour has a fun 'history mystery' game for kids, as well.

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