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Cliveden connects visitors to over 250 years of history.

tours

2022 Spring & Summer Tour Season

Thursday - Sunday, 12pm to 4pm.

Visit our tours page to schedule a tour!

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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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Liberty to Go to See

Liberty to Go to See returns next month, tickets on sale now! Liberty to Go to See returns this June with in-person, outdoor performances! Cliveden’s award-winning dramatic event takes audiences on a journey through the lives of the Chew family and the men and women – black, white, enslaved, and free – who worked for the family…

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Employment Opportunity: Interpreter

Cliveden is seeking Interpreters for the 2022 tour season! Join us to help share diverse narratives and foster conversations about Germantown’s rich history. As front-line staff, responsibilities include acting as an ambassador while on site and providing guided tours during events for visitors. Interpreter training will occur in April prior the start of the tour…

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BabyWordplay returns March 21st!

BabyWordplay returns to Cliveden’s grounds Monday, March 21, 2022 at 10am! Join them on March 21st and every Monday morning at 10am for an hour-long class filled with stories and play. Classes are geared towards infants to children 4 years of age. Register for class today at www.babywordplay.com!

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Yoga at Cliveden

Yoga at Cliveden begins this Saturday, June 18th, at 9am! Join Jeni Smith, founder of Good Wolf Yoga, Saturday mornings on Cliveden’s landscape for yoga! Class begins this Saturday, June 18th at 9am and will be held every Saturday morning through August 27th, weather permitting. Participants should bring their own mats and other yoga accessories,…

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2022 Mt. Airy Learning Tree Spring Classes

Mt. Airy Learning Tree returns with new classes beginning April 18th! Classes will be held from April to June, and several of them will be held here at Cliveden in the Carriage House Visitor Center. Spots are filling up quickly, visit their website to sign up today! The spring classes at Cliveden are: Yoga for…

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BabyWordplay returns March 21st!

BabyWordplay returns to Cliveden’s grounds Monday, March 21, 2022 at 10am! Join them on March 21st and every Monday morning at 10am for an hour-long class filled with stories and play. Classes are geared towards infants to children 4 years of age. Register for class today at www.babywordplay.com!

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Preserving & Adapting Their World

Cliveden’s newest exhibit highlights the lives of women at Cliveden: Black, White, free and enslaved, from the 18th through the 20th centuries. Preserving & Adapting Their World: The Women of Cliveden provides a case study of the ways women exercise power and agency even though society constrains them legally, culturally, and politically. To view the…

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Testimonials from our Visitors

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