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Cliveden, Philadelphia

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Cliveden ( or KLIV-dən), also known as the Chew House, is a historic site owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, located in the Germantown neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia.  Built as a country house for attorney Benjamin Chew, Cliveden was completed in 1767 and was home to seven generations of the Chew family. Cliveden has long been famous as the site of the American Revolutionary War's Battle of Germantown in 1777 as well as for its Georgian architecture.

New research is unearthing a more complicated history at Cliveden, which involves layers of significance, including the lives of those who were enslaved and in service to the Chew family. That information broadens the meaning of Cliveden as a preserved historic place, exploring themes and stories of American identity and freedom.  Traces of the history of the Cliveden property and its occupants can be found throughout the five acre woody landscape.

The Cliveden grounds are open for the community to enjoy as a public park Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, weather permitting.  The property includes four buildings, the Main House, Kitchen Dependency, Wash House and Carriage House.  Tours of Cliveden are available May through August, Thursday-Sunday, from 12-4pm and September through November, Friday-Sunday 12-4pm.
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  • Germantown is a suburb of Philadelphia and during the revolutionary era it was a town that people repaired to due to its cooler climate. Cliveden was a home of a the Chew family, and is also known as....  more »
  • The docent who guided our tour was super friendly! He gave a historically accurate portrayal of the family that lived in the home. The dents from the mortar shells hitting the house was...  more »
  • It's a wonderful historical place to go learning about the history of the building they have all kinds of different things u can learn about these places here in Philadelphia I had a great time learning about all of the history of Cliveden of the National Trust and the people there are nice and friendly will help u with whatever u need. Great place to take your 👪 and friends to learn about the historical history. Of something that u never know about the background of it it makes u feel good going to place like this. Thank you again
  • Went to the reenactment of The Battle of Germantown and it was great. Haven't been in well over 10 years, but it was amazing!

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