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Save the Date: #GivingTuesday on November 28th!

Support the Barn Renovation Project on #GivingTuesday and help us to raise funds towards restoring and renovating the Cliveden barn for the community!

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Cliveden Tours: By Appointment

Cliveden tours are now available by appointment only. To schedule a tour, please contact our office at 215-848-1777. 

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Slavery Documents

Confronting the Past

The institution of slavery is woven deep into the economic growth and political fabric of America. Benjamin Chew was born on a Maryland plantation into a family with a history of slave-holding dating back to the 17th century.

Preserving the Past

At Cliveden we have many fascinating item collections that help you understand the world of the Chew family. View our collections at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Shown: Tea cup and saucer from 1811.

tea cup and saucer from 1811

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Research: Spotlight from the African American Genealogy Group

Three blog posts on the AAGG’s research into the Chew Family Papers & putting a spotlight on discoveries! Adrienne Whaley and the members of the African American Genealogy Group of Philadelphia (AAGG) have worked with the Chew Family Papers for the last two years to lift up stories of the enslaved families and communities that…


Special Promotion: Free Traditional Cider at Young American!

Have a free cider after your tour! Local cidery and tasting room, Young American Hard Cider & Tasting Room, is offering a special promotion for Cliveden tours! After your tour, head over to Young American for a FREE, traditional cider! This promotion is only good on the day of your tour and visitors must show…


Reconstructing Black Families: Recording Available

2023 Cliveden Conversation Series Cliveden, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the African American Genealogy Group collaborated for the program Reconstructing Black Families: Stories from the Chew Papers on Tuesday, April 18th. The conversation discussed recent digitization work of documents from the Chew Family Papers, the work of recreating family groups done by the African…


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2023 Tour Season

Cliveden tour season continues: Tours by appointment Thank you to everyone who toured Cliveden this year! Our tour season is continuing, but tours are now by appointment. To schedule a tour, please contact our Education Director, Carolyn Wallace, at 215-848-3680 or by email at [email protected]. Tours feature our new spring, The Turmoil of Transition: The…

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Considering Re-enactments: The Battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st–Century Gun Violence

Cliveden is known as the site of the 1777 Revolutionary War Battle of Germantown and the annual Revolutionary Germantown Festival held on the grounds every first weekend in October, featuring two battle re-enactments. In response to the increase in gun violence across the country and in the local community, Cliveden looks to evaluate its interpretation…

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silhouette of Charity Castle, an enslaved woman who was given to Harriet Chew (1775-1861)