So we just returned from our summer sojourn to the East Coast. This year we took the kids into Philadelphia for a couple of days to explore the historic sites. We hit all of the normal stuff. Saw Ben Franklin’s tomb, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The weather was absolutely perfect and the People in the City of Brotherly Love were pleasant and helpful. We really had a great trip.
One of the interesting things that we learned was on the tour of Betsy Ross’s home. Well, for one, her real name was not Betsy Ross but actually Elizabeth Griscom. We were also happy to know that her profession was that of a Seamstress. She repaired upholstery and made bed-linens. Her primary job was actually making custom drapes and curtains for paying Customers in the Philadelphia area. She was know for very high quality which is why General Washington asked her to sew the very first American Flag. When Washington asked her to sew the flag she confided that she had never even made a flag before but he was so impressed with her sewing skills he engaged her to sew the Flag.