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- What we do -
Cliveden connects visitors to over 250 years of history.


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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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…


Finding Black Families: Recording Available

2022 Cliveden Conversation Series Cliveden, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the African American Genealogy Group collaborated for the program Finding Black Families: Stories from The Chew Family Papers on Tuesday, February 22nd. The conversation discussed discoveries of Black families, free and enslaved, who labored for the Chew family found in the Chew Family Papers. …


Cliveden’s Green Space Survey

We Need Your Help! Cliveden is a participating site for Historic Germantown’s pilot project, Activating Green Spaces, supported by the William Penn Foundation. The program seeks to increase the community’s access to and use of the green spaces available and promote community equity and engagement with the following sites: Cliveden, Stenton, Historic Rittenhouse Town, and the…


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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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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)