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Near Phoenixville in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

To Honor the Maker of First American Flag

Betsy Ross

 
 
To Honor the Maker of First American Flag Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, January 3, 2012
1. To Honor the Maker of First American Flag Marker
Inscription.
[In Circle]
To Honor the Maker of First American Flag
Erected
1923
Elizabeth Griscom
ROSS
Ashbourne
Claypoole
1752
1836
BETSY ROSS

 
Erected 1923 by Patriotic Order Sons of America.
 
Location. 40° 5.938′ N, 75° 27.775′ W. Marker is near Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker can be reached from Valley Forge Road (Pennsylvania Route 23), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. This Marker is just off of Horseshoe Trail on the edge of Valley Forge Park. The entry is at Owen Road (a No Outlet) and Valley Forge Road. (PA Rt.# 23) Drive up the gravel road to the paved parking lot, this marker is behind the Patriotic Order Sons of America building you are parked in front of. Marker is in this post office area: Phoenixville PA 19460, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Honor Court to Brigadier General Lachlan McIntosh (here, next to this marker); George Washington’s Coffee Bean Tree (a few steps from this marker); Horse-Shoe Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Village of Valley Forge
Marker to Honor Betsy Ross image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, January 3, 2012
2. Marker to Honor Betsy Ross
(about 400 feet away); Valley Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Icon (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Village of Valley Forge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Washington’s Headquarters (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Phoenixville.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Betsy Ross - Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 19, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
2. Biography of Betsy Ross. (Submitted on January 19, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
3. Patriotic Order Sons of America. (Submitted on January 19, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Betsy Ross:
Betsy Ross (January 1, 1752 – January 30, 1836) is widely credited with making the first American flag.
Betsy Ross was born Elizabeth Griscom to Pennsylvania Quaker’s Samuel Griscom and Rebecca James in Philadelphia, on January 1, 1752. She was the eighth of the Griscom’s seventeen children. She grew up in a household where the plain dress and
Betsy Ross Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, January 3, 2012
3. Betsy Ross Marker
There is a flag at the top of this very tall flagpole; it was erected to be above the tree line. I took this photo with my back against the P.O.S.O.A. Building here. The hill that can be seen on the horizon is Valley Forge National Park.
strict discipline of the Society of Friends dominated her life. She learned to sew from her great-aunt Sarah Elizabeth Ann Griscom. Her great-grandfather Andrew Griscom, a Quaker carpenter, emigrated in 1680 from England.
After she finished her schooling at a Quaker school, her father apprenticed her to an upholsterer named William Webster. While working for Webster, she fell in love with a fellow apprentice, upholsterer John Ross, who was the son of Aeneas Ross, an assistant rector at Christ Church, Philadelphia’s first Episcopal Church. John Ross was also the nephew of Declaration of Independence signer, George Ross.
Betsy and soon to be husband John Ross eloped to The Hugg Tavern in Gloucester City, New Jersey. They were wed by New Jersey Governor William Franklin, Benjamin Franklin’s son. The young couple soon started their own upholstery business and joined Christ Church, where their fellow congregants included, Jefferson, Hamilton and Franklin, their pew, number 12, was near that of George Washington and his family. The year was 1773, Betsy was 21 years old. The marriage caused problems with her family, as Quakers forbade interdenominational marriage and doing so could mean expulsion from the Quaker congregation.
    — Submitted January 19, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Colonial EraNotable PersonsPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
1952 Betsy Ross US Stamp image. Click for full size.
By US Postal Service
4. 1952 Betsy Ross US Stamp
This 3-cent stamp honoring Betsy Ross was issued in Philadelphia, JANUARY 2, 1952, commemorating the 200th anniversary of her birth.
Painting by: Edward Percy Moran image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain
5. Painting by: Edward Percy Moran
Betsy Ross, Presenting her Flag to George Washinton.
Patriotic Order Sons of America image. Click for full size.
By Organization that placed this marker
6. Patriotic Order Sons of America
Betsy Ross First American Flag Marker - Lachlan McIntosh Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, January 3, 2012
7. Betsy Ross First American Flag Marker - Lachlan McIntosh Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 583 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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