Interior view of the house with portrait

photo by: Ron Blunt

Historic Sites

Cliveden

A Distinctive Destination
  • Constructed: 1767
  • Address: 6401 Germantown Ave
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19119
  • Hours
    Thursday–Sunday
    12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Phone 215-848-1777

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Located in the Historic Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Cliveden is a National Trust Historic Site. The house and grounds were the location for the Battle of Germantown during the Revolutionary War, and today the battle is reenacted annually as part of the Revolutionary Germantown Festival.

The home of the Chew family for over 200 years, today Cliveden serves as a community center for the exploration of race, history, and memory. To experience Cliveden is to experience the American story, and the struggles for freedom endured by a people. Tours and exhibits tell the fascinating stories of the Chew family and African American history in Philadelphia.

Benjamin Chew, colonial Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, constructed Cliveden on the 5.5-acre property from 1763 to 1767 as a summer home for his family. In 1777, the house was the scene of the Battle of Germantown, a pivotal action between George Washington’s troops and the British. In 1972, the Chew family transferred ownership of Cliveden, its remaining 5.5 acres of parkland, and its collection of artifacts to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Cliveden is closed January through March.

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