It is just days away from our nation's July 4th celebration. I thought taking you on a tour of the Betsy Ross house with John and I would be a fun patriotic thing to share. Betsy Ross is my all time favorite woman in American history. Learning about Betsy's tenacity and resolve to overcome challenging personal struggles that were downright tragic at times truly has been inspirational. Betsy's persistence to overcome against all odds as far as I am concerned is nothing short of remarkable.
Betsy Ross designed our American flag in 1776 during the Revolutionary War. The original Stars and Stripes displayed 13 five pointed stars for the 13 original colonies. On June 14th, 1777 (Flag Day) congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as our official national flag.
Betsy Ross lived and worked here from 1776-1779. Betsy boarded with the elderly widow Lithgrow.
The banner marks Betsy Griscom Ross Ashbourn Claypoole's grave. She originally was buried at a Quaker cemetery at 5th and South Locust Street in Philadelphia. Then moved to her second gravesite at Mount Moriah. It was decided when the house was restored to move her body 10 miles to be buried with her third husband John Claypoole.
Just saying that's a lot of moving when you are supposed to be resting in peace!
The house is open daily from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. It is a self guided tour and photos may be taken but without using your flash. I tried my best taking photos.
Inside the courtyard stands this statue/fountain with cats. It was commissioned after the houses restoration.
That evening after we toured the house, I researched (googled) Betsy Ross and found no historical record that she was especially fond of cats. But for us feline lovers this is a gorgeous statue/fountain and yes I petted the statue cats. During visiting hours the fountain is shut off for safety reasons with small children.
Along the exterior brick wall entering the house are 3 mounted brass plaques to read on your self guided tour. Please enlarge these photos and read about this remarkable woman. Certainly heart tugging but indeed inspirational.
Can you imagine being 1 of 17 kids. I am the middle child of 3.
Like I said against all odds she triumphed.
Betsy Ross's chambers.
You have to wonder how supportive and comfortable a stretched canvas tied with ropes to a wood frame could of been.
Closet corner of Betsy's chambers.
Her fireplace and bed warmer.
Another boarders bedroom. When John and I were walking around a young Mother was touring with her son, I'd guess around 7 years old. Spotting the chamber pot on the floor he quickly said "Look Mommy that bowl is for a dog". .. Mom said "no sweetie that's their chamber pot, there's no bathroom inside." To which we heard "eww" followed by a yuck!
Other side of room
A sitting room, with tile fireplace surround.
Next we go downstairs to the basement
A kitchen hutch
The table set.
Want to meet Betsy? I said to the Betsy actor, Betsy turn around so I can take your picture to put on my blog, smile pretty!
She turned around looked at me, looked at my iPhone with the Rabbit ear case and I said to her my usual reply for fun - I get better reception with the Rabbit ears! That's when I snapped the photo and the half smile she gave me. Then she spoke these words to me "I do not understand this thing you speak of - this blog". Of course I laughed, Betsy the actor plays her role very well.
Photo to show the hundreds of years of wear to the step, not to show you John's sneakers!
As we go to exit our tour John checks his phone. Wonder what Betsy would say!
Thanks for taking the tour with us and we wish you a very enjoyable July 4th celebration. I leave you with my poem I wrote for this post over last weekend. It is an emotional share.
My Dad sailed through New York's harbor from Poland in 1926 with my Grandmother when he was only Three.
He was processed through Ellis Island like all immigrants, although Dad stood not much higher than the inspector's knee.
Immigrants coming to America saw the Statue de Liberté as an universal symbol of hope and democracy and felt pride.
Immigrants hoping for an opportunity from 1892-1954 Lady Liberty served as their welcome and gold torch freedom guide.
Dad would tell us stories about carrying his "piss pot" (chamber pot) with him in long lines at Ellis Island, funny but true...
Telling us of a long ships journey sailing across the bubbling whitecaps deep water of the Atlantic Oceans Blue.
For over 60 years Ellis Island served as a gateway to citizenship for 12 million people passing through its open door.
As a young man my Dad served our country in the Armies military heavy artillery division in the Second World War.
Dad returning home from WW II married my Mom, his childhood love after many long years had gone by.
Raised 2 sons and I to be patriotic and even now when the Star-Spangled Banner is sung a tear forms in my eye.
So on July 4th proudly wave and display our American flag and remember our history in adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
I know as I watch a fireworks display I will recall our nations legacy and honor all those who were part of our country's transcendence.