Betsy Ross (January 1, 1752 – January 30, 1836), born Elizabeth Phoebe Griscom,[1] also later known by her second and third married names: Elizabeth Ashburn and Elizabeth Claypoole,[1] is widely credited with making the first American flag purportedly in 1776, according to family tradition, upon a visit from General George Washington, commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, and changing the shape of the stars described on the flag from six-pointed to easier-to-produce five-pointed stars.[2][3][4] However, there is no archival evidence or other verbal traditions that this story or “legend” of the first American flag is true and supposedly the story first surfaced in the early 1870s by the description of her descendents—a grandson—a century later, with no mention being made or documented anywhere in earlier decades.[5]

While visiting Independence Park located in Philadelphia, PA I had the chance to go see the House of Betsy Ross.  Her home is just outside Independence Park right across the street from Ben Franklin’s Printer Shop.  For a small fee used to keep her Historic Home you can tour the inside of the house.  I shot this photo of her home as it stands today.


Of course, this is not my photo.  However, it shows Betsy Ross presenting the first American Flag to General George Washington.

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While on a week-end trip down to see the Town of Annapolis, MD we stopped by the Naval Academy located just outside the Historic City.

The Naval Academy is where all the Officer’s for the US Navy and US Marines are trained.  I had been here before while in the US Navy for a 2 week training period.  I was quite surprised that we could enter the Naval Academy with no problem.  We could walk around most everywhere, with some exceptions to area’s that were off limit’s.

This is the inside of the Naval Chapel.  Everything in here was “spit & polish.”  It was so clean and bright.  Every piece of Brass is shined to a reflection.  Very quiet here.  Enter with respect.  There are Church Services held here every Sunday for the Navy Cadet’s.

Just under this Chapel is where John Paul Jones is buried.  I did have some photo’s of his resting place, but they were lost.  His area is just as beautiful to see with his huge casket in the center of the room.  The body of John Paul Jones is guarded 24 hrs. a day, 7 day’s a week by one lone sailor who stands at attention in full Dress Whites.  He stands a 2 hr. watch.  If you have a chance to see the Naval Academy, take it.  It is well worth it.

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