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6401 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144-1998
+1 215-848-1777
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New take on a fine historic site

This mansion was the home of Benjamin Chew, the Penn family's lawyer but the site doesn't just... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2017
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A must if you love history

I wasn't sure what to expect but it was an amazingly preserved colonial era home. The tour guide (I... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2015
Theresa G
Boston, Massachusetts
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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.
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6401 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144-1998
+1 215-848-1777
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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

This mansion was the home of Benjamin Chew, the Penn family's lawyer but the site doesn't just focus on this wealthy family. Instead it tells the story of all who lived visited and worked there from slaves to servants to the famous such as Lafayette....More

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Management response:Responded 31 August 2017

Thank you for reviewing your visit at Cliveden! We're glad you had a great experience learning about our site and the stories of the people who lived, worked, and visited here. Thank you and we hope to see you again at Cliveden!

Reviewed 15 August 2015

I wasn't sure what to expect but it was an amazingly preserved colonial era home. The tour guide (I wish I remember her name) was wonderful! She had so many interesting stories and fun facts to tell and you could tell how interested she was...More

1  Thank Theresa G
Reviewed 2 August 2015 via mobile

This is an impressive piece of history that is over 300 years old. I was surprised to find that there was a famous Battle of Germantown between the British and Washington. This also tells a story of history regarding slavery in the U.S. and in...More

2  Thank trtosca
Reviewed 3 June 2015 via mobile

Cliveden (aka the Chew House) is the important site of a significant Revolutionary War battle known as the Battle of Germantown on October 4, 1777. The British had just taken over Philadelphia, and George Washington counter-attacked. Over 100 British army regulars were blockaded in this...More

2  Thank Diverdad1
Reviewed 30 January 2015

It was wet. It was late in the season. We were the only two people there. None of this mattered to our docent Alex, who conducted us over the house and grounds - AND grounds! - with the same unflagging enthusiasm he'd have displayed if...More

3  Thank John B
Reviewed 26 November 2013

We spent the better part of 2 hrs15 min touring Cliveden and the grounds and would have needed at least 90 minutes additionally to peruse the visitors center. Ellen and Christine are excellent docents and we enjoyed our time immensely. Be sure to watch the...More

6  Thank eminker
Reviewed 21 July 2013

I absolutely love my yearly visits to the Cliveden House. Being a teacher, I make sure that this is one of the sites that my students and I visit. The chaperones love it as much as my students. The guides, who are all knowledgable, share...More

4  Thank gtownjewel
Reviewed 8 April 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...More

2  Thank TouringOnion
Reviewed 10 October 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...More

4  Thank Pnemiller
Reviewed 11 August 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...More

4  Thank travelinwhenican25
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