Women of the Revolution

Philadelphia (Old City) • 7 stops

Women took on many roles in the period of the American Revolution. See where their story takes you.


The Baroness: Museum of the American Revolution
Learn about the story of a Hessian Baroness who witnessed some of the most horrifying and pivotal moments on the Revolutionary War.  Accompanying her husband throughout the Saratoga Campaign and documenting the War in her diary, the Baroness' personal experiences offer a compelling first hand account of the Revolutionary War. Her journal entries are one of the most complete documentations from this period.


Betsy Ross: The Betsy Ross House

Learn more about this iconic figure of the era and the lesser known story of her life and legacy through the historic interactives and programming. A tour of the home can even lead to an encounter with Betsy herself.


Elizabeth Willing Powel: Powel House

A witness and political mind in the days before and after the country became a nation, Elizabeth aided her husband, Samuel Powel, the last mayor of Philadelphia before independence was declared. You can hear more about her life at the Powel House and Historic Museum in Society Hill.


Oney Judge: President’s House
Oney Judge escaped from slavery from George and Martha Washington. Hear her history told at the President’s House, located right outside the Liberty Bell.


Abigail Adams: Independence Hall
Abigail was a well-known woman even during the Revolutionary period. Her often-sought counsel to husband John Adams was well documented in numerous letters written to her during his time in Philadelphia.


Rebecca Gratz: National Museum of American Jewish History & Mikveh Israel Cemetery 
Born during the Revolutionary War in 1781, Rebecca Gratz helped establish Philadelphia's earliest charities for women, children and the Jewish community. Her work in the early 19th century helped to define a new identity for American women.