Cliveden's offices and grounds will be closed on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day. They will reopen on Tuesday, May 28th.

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Cliveden connects visitors to over 250 years of history.

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Spotlight Tour: Cliveden Property Walking Tour

Sign up today for our next Spotlight Tour, Cliveden Property Walking Tour, on Saturday, June 8th at 10:30am! General admission is $20; $10 for residents in 19119 and 19144.

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2024 Cliveden Tour Season

Tours are available Thursdays-Sundays, 12pm to 4pm, beginning on the hour and can be scheduled in advanced through the link below.

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Cliveden is a Blue Star Museums participant!

Active-duty military personnel and their families have free admission to Cliveden house tours beginning Saturday, May 18th (Armed Forces Day) and ending September Monday, 2nd (Labor Day).

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Second Saturdays at Cliveden return!

Every Second Saturday, Cliveden offers Spotlight Tours, free house tours, and a free children's activity, May to October. Click on the button below to learn more.

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Become a Cliveden Interpreter!

We are hiring Interpreters for our 2024 Tour Season. Click the button below to learn more.

Cliveden's grounds open for Juneteenth

Cliveden's Landscape

Cliveden's grounds are free for the public to enjoy whenever the gates are open. Come enjoy nature and learn about our site!

Cliveden's grounds open for Juneteenth

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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 is a Blue Star Museums participant!

Cliveden is a 2024 Blue Star Museums participant! Active-duty military personnel and their families have free admission to Cliveden house tours beginning Saturday, May 18th (Armed Forces Day) and ending Monday, 2nd (Labor Day).  Cliveden house tours are available Thursdays through Sundays, 12pm to 4pm, beginning on the hour; the last tour of the day is at 3pm.…

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Second Saturdays return in May: Spotlight Tours, free house tours & children’s activity

Second Saturdays return May 11th! Every Second Saturday, May to October, Cliveden offers Spotlight Tours, free house tours and a free children’s activity. The day runs from 10:30am to 4pm. At 10:30am on May 11th, join architectural historian Willie Graham for an in-depth exploration of Cliveden and how the building can help tell the stories…

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Research: Spotlight from the African American Genealogy Group

Three blog posts on the AAGG’s research into the Chew Family Papers & putting a spotlight on discoveries! Adrienne Whaley and the members of the African American Genealogy Group of Philadelphia (AAGG) have worked with the Chew Family Papers for the last two years to lift up stories of the enslaved families and communities that…

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Second Saturdays return in May: Spotlight Tours, free house tours & children’s activity

Second Saturdays return May 11th! Every Second Saturday, May to October, Cliveden offers Spotlight Tours, free house tours and a free children’s activity. The day runs from 10:30am to 4pm. At 10:30am on May 11th, join architectural historian Willie Graham for an in-depth exploration of Cliveden and how the building can help tell the stories…

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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)