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Cliveden connects visitors to over 250 years of history.

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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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Cliveden’s Grounds closed for Holidays

Cliveden’s grounds will be closed Wednesday, December 22nd through Sunday, January 2nd for the holiday. Thank you and we will see you in 2022!

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Support Cliveden this holiday season!

Follow Cliveden as we kick off our end of year campaign 12 Ways at Cliveden: Outside In! The pandemic forced Cliveden to look outside to bring our community in – literally. During 2021 our green space became a major focus from developing new signs to share Cliveden’s history to engaging with local organizations and entrepreneurs.…

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Move With Love Yoga Class Update

Move With Love’s outdoor yoga classes at Cliveden will be paused due to the cold weather. Please visit their website, www.movewithlove.com, and follow them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MWLCREW) and on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/move.with.love/) for information about future yoga classes. Thank you.

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Support Cliveden this holiday season!

Follow Cliveden as we kick off our end of year campaign 12 Ways at Cliveden: Outside In! The pandemic forced Cliveden to look outside to bring our community in – literally. During 2021 our green space became a major focus from developing new signs to share Cliveden’s history to engaging with local organizations and entrepreneurs.…

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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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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)