I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Betsy Ross House

We were not financially compensated for this post. We were given free tickets to the Betsy Ross House for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.
Me- Betsy Ross House, wow! Betsy Ross' house seemed bigger to me than our house. However, our house does not have a gift shop. They also had a snack bar right outside the house. I wish our house had that. The rooms in the house seemed to be a nice size. They had a play kitchen for little kids to pretend they were making turkey pot pie. They also had a real kitchen. Most of the rooms were blocked off. You could look in but you couldn't really go in. Downstairs, there was Betsy's upholstery shop. A Betsy Ross impostor was there.  She stayed in character so well my sister asked if the gift shop was always there, and she said something like thouest doest not have a gift shop in my day. She taught us how she made stars for the flag using only one cut. She cut a star out of paper and let Aurella and I keep it. There was a fountain on the grounds with all these statutes of cats on it. Aurella was obsessed with it and especially loved one of the cats. The Betsy Ross House was interesting.
Mom - The Betsy Ross House, this little tiny old fashioned house seems so funny nestled in the middle of all these more modern looking buildings. The house has been restored and is not the original house that was on the site. When the house was restored Betsy and her third husband, John Claypoole's grave was moved there. They are buried in the courtyard. Ross was the last name of Betsy's first husband. There is also a fountain with cat sculptures all over it in the courtyard. My girls really loved that especially Aurella. In fact, while we were in Philadelphia for a few days, they made us stop at an animal shelter that we passed just so they could play with the cats for a while. It is not known, however, whether or not Betsy Ross was particular fond of cats so it is unknown why there are so many cats on the fountain. The fountain was  not there in Betsy's time. It was built when the house was restored. There is also a gift shop and a snack bar in the courtyard of the Betsy Ross House. Of course, they were not there during Betsy's time either. It felt kind of strange to me that they were there now. I mean it seemed strange that this tiny little house had a snack bar and a gift shop. In the house, downstairs, there is a kitchen, a storage room, and a cartridge room for making gunpowder. Next to the kitchen is a little play kitchen for kid's to pretend to make turkey pot pie. Of course,the play kitchen wasn't there in Betsy's time either. Upstairs, there is Betsy's bedroom, The Widow Lithgow's bedroom (Betsy boarded with the Widow Lithgow), and a parlor. There is also Betsy's upholstery shop. The woman who plays Betsy in Betsy's upholstery shop is really good. She never breaks character. The house also contains an exhibition gallery.
And that's our view. What famous person's house would you like to see if you could?

Tune in tomorrow for Funny Friday.

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