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“Historic Home worth visiting”
Review of Cliveden

Ranked #182 of 463 things to do in Philadelphia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Established in 1972. Located in the Historic Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Cliveden is a National Trust historic site. The house and grounds were the location of 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 all 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Arrived here early in afternoon from downtown Philly. Had e-mailed before hand and suggested we took train Chestnut East to Upsal- was a good recommendation. When we got to house it was quiet -only us in fact and young lady took us around carriage house and museum doing a great job of providing context to what we were seeing, answering questions and engaging kids with questions and content.

2  Thank TouringOnion
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

I was born and raised in Philadelphia and never visited this historic place. We went on a weekday and were the only visitors to this little known gem. It is off very busy Germantown Ave. in a quiet area of Mt. Airy. There is a visitors area in the old stable with displays and computer information about the house and the Battle of Germantown during the Revolutionary War. We took the one hour tour and the guide was amazing with his knowledge of the house, the battle and the history of the Chew family who built the house in 1767. A truly worthwhile experience.

The house comes under the National Trust of Historic Preservation so members of the Trust get in free.

4  Thank Pnemiller
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Reviewed August 10, 2008

The Cliveden house tour was really fun! I loved the tour guide. I was fascinated by the very old trees. They have one that is 232 years old! The house was built in 1767 and i just love homes from that era. It's neat to know that most of the furniture and paintings are still in the same places as the Chew family had them. And all the rest of the furniture belonged to them except for that one mirror lol. It doesn't seem haunted but the one side hallway downstairs seemed eerie. I can't wait til they open up more rooms like the kitchen and maybe another bedroom. I really loved the portraits all over the house and the history. I had never been to Germantown but i live in between germantown pike 35 minutes from Germantown and i had never really thought of the fact of why it's called germantown. But it's because germans settled there during the revolutionary war!

4  Thank travelinwhenican25
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Reviewed January 25, 2008

Cliveden is my favorite historic house museum in Philadelphia. Unlike many house museums, Cliveden's furnishings are all original, including a gorgeous Chippendale-inspired couch. And the house itself is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture.

But the coolest part about Cliveden is the story of its role in the Battle of Germantown. The house was actually used by the British as a fortification!

A surprise was learning that one of the Chew daughters may have influenced Benedict Arnold's traitorship.

My tour guide was Jim, and his knowledge of the house and Revolutionary history is encyclopedic.

If you go, take the time to visit the other house museums in the area, too. And incidentally, nearby Mount Airy has some great restaurants for lunch.

As for transportation, if you don't have a car, Septa's Bus 23 will get you there and drop you off right on the corner.

7  Thank purple_kismet
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