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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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Seeds to Live By: Seed Saving With Ellen Russell

Part of Mt. Airy Learning Tree’s Fall Class catalog! Learn how to save your own seeds in and out of season with Ellen Russell on Saturday, October 9th at 12pm! The class is offered by Mt. Airy Learning Tree as part of their fall class offerings. Space is available for Seeds to Live By: Seed…

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Indoor and Outdoor Tours in October

Indoor & Outdoor tours continue in October! Cliveden continues indoor and outdoor tours in October. Indoors tours are available Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons at 1pm and are about an hour long. The indoor tours feature Cliveden’s Carriage House, Main House, and our women’s exhibit Preserving & Adapting Their World: The Women of Cliveden. Outdoor…

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Archaeological Investigation at Cliveden this Saturday!

Visit Cliveden this Saturday, October 9th from 9am to 4pm to view an archaeological investigation of the Work Yard behind the Main House. This archaeology is part of a cultural landscape project to learn more about the people who lived and worked here and how the property changed over time. Archaeologists will be on site…

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Indoor and Outdoor Tours in October

Indoor & Outdoor tours continue in October! Cliveden continues indoor and outdoor tours in October. Indoors tours are available Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons at 1pm and are about an hour long. The indoor tours feature Cliveden’s Carriage House, Main House, and our women’s exhibit Preserving & Adapting Their World: The Women of Cliveden. Outdoor…

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Archaeological Investigation at Cliveden this Saturday!

Visit Cliveden this Saturday, October 9th from 9am to 4pm to view an archaeological investigation of the Work Yard behind the Main House. This archaeology is part of a cultural landscape project to learn more about the people who lived and worked here and how the property changed over time. Archaeologists will be on site…

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BabyWordplay Classes in Mt. Airy

BabyWordplay classes come to Mt. Airy beginning Monday, September 13th! BabyWordplay is an organization dedicated to helping children develop a love of words, stories, books, and music from an early age. Their sessions in Mt. Airy will run every Monday morning at 10am from September 13th through November 22nd and will be held on Cliveden’s…

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Fall Yoga Classes with Move With Love!

Yoga Classes with Move With Love continues! Yoga classes with Move With Love continue this month every Saturday morning at 9am, led by founder and neighbor, Holly Colino, on Cliveden’s green space. Move With Love is a ‘judgement-free space where people can come together and use creative movement as a practice of unconditional self love,…

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