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


2022 Spring & Summer Tour Season begins May 12th!

Cliveden tours will be available 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…


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!


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. …


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Move With Love classes return to Cliveden!

Move With Love returns with Some Kinda Love yoga classes! Move With Love yoga classes return to Cliveden starting May 15th! Move With Love is a judgement-free space where people can come together and use creative movement as a practice and expression of unconditional self-love, healing, growth, and acceptance. Come as you are, regardless of experience…

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Mt. Airy Day 2022: New Date!

2022 Mt. Airy Day postponed to Saturday, June 11th! Come to Cliveden Saturday, June 11th for Mt. Airy Day! 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of this annual neighborhood event, and non-profit organizations West Mt. Airy Neighbors and East Mt. Airy Neighbors partnered to bring the celebration to life. There will be fun activities for visitors…

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Stories & Landscapes: The History of Cliveden

Visit Cliveden on May 10th and 14th for Stories & Landscapes: The History of Cliveden, part of Mt. Airy Learning Tree spring class catalog! The tours will be led by our Education Director Carolyn Wallace and will be held outdoors, exploring Cliveden’s diverse history and landscape, including recent research findings. Space is available for Stories…

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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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Testimonials from our Visitors

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