The President's House
The President's House
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Charles S
Northamptonshire, UK1,037 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This memorial was completed in 2010, it's full title is President's House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation. It is situated in front of the Liberty Bell Center and is an open-air pavilion that shows the outline of the original buildings allowing visitors to view the remaining foundations. The mansion was lived in by two presidents from 1790 to 1800, firstly George Washington followed by John Adams. Some artifacts are displayed and there are signage and video exhibits providing details of the history of the structure. Worth a visit.
Written 2 October 2023
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Kristin291
Milford, PA45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This museum is interesting. You are outside but in a house. There is information along the walls and TVs that play information. The visual information was better for the children and kept their attention. They have a small section that they have incased in glass where you can look down and see the original parts of the house that they discovered.
Written 6 September 2022
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SeanB
Ewa Beach, HI196 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
Location of the exhibit is the president's house where Washington lived; however, the exhibit was all about slavery. Both are important historical topics, but the exhibit is an informative narrative on slavery which used the President's house as a prop in that narrative. I'm sure there are more lessons and history that can be conveyed here. Was keeping slaves the only historically relevant thing that occurred at this house? Unfortunately, the exhibit leads you to believe that there was nothing else that happened here.
Written 2 July 2015
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OtherMountainDude
Asheville, NC499 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
There isn't much here. The exhibits about slavery in Philadelphia at the time of the revolution are interesting, but its really misplaced here. It's like an afterthought. Pass through on your way to the Liberty Bell, but don't waste a lot of time with this.
Written 30 May 2014
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Christine Varrieur
Mansfield, MA213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Family
this is a must-go if you are visiting philadelphia for its history. once the "white house" when philadelphia was the capital of the US, this was where george washington called home for 6+ years and also where he kept/hid slaves despite being it being abolished in the state of PA. how very ironic that only a few steps away is where the liberty bell now stands today...

though there is not much to see here (you will see the house's foundation where the slaves' quarters were, but there is mostly signage and videos), the president's house tells such a strong tale that this site should not be missed. you can easily do a quick walk through before or after seeing the liberty bell.
Written 27 November 2012
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Amy M
Cleveland, OH238 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I knew going in this was an outside exhibit but I think alot of people were a little confused. However, the information shown is interesting to read and see.
Written 21 October 2019
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GaryNewcastleStaffs
Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK691 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
If your in the area to see the Liberty Bell then do the tour of this historic building too. If your on a budget there are some areas you can access for free or there is a more extensive tour for a charge. Interesting to see such a icon piece of history
Written 15 October 2019
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Steve-and-Andie
Lancaster, UK3,490 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Ok, a house may have been here but not anymore. Partial walls have been built and you can look down into the old foundations. There are a few display boards but apart from that, not a lot to see here.
This is where the queue for the Liberty Bell starts.
Written 19 May 2019
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Mark G
Catonsville, MD3,308 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
The President's House should have been about being the "White House" from 1790 to 1800 and the impact it had on Presidents Washington and Adams and our country. Most of the exhibit would have been fine at a museum concerning colonial era slavery, but political correctness seems to rule the park service. It was nice to see the original foundations thru the glass and would have been nice to have more in depth information on the history of the house, Robert Morris' ownership as well as other uses, why it was razed etc...
Written 9 March 2018
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WorldTravelers34
Chicago, IL2,267 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
The President's House was the "White House" from 1790 to 1800 while Philadelphia was the capital of the United States. This site commemorates the location of the home to U.S. presidents George Washington and John Adams from 1790 to 1800, as well as nine enslaved Africans who worked as household staff. The outdoor monument, which is open 24 hours a day, shows video clips that bring the house's history alive.
Written 22 August 2014
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