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Cliveden connects visitors to over 250 years of history.


Cliveden Tours by Appointment

Cliveden tours can be scheduled by appointment. Contact our office at 215-848-3680 or visit the Tours and Group Tours page to request a tour electronically.

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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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2023 MLK Day of Service

Victoria Urban Outreach Tutoring Service (VUOTS), in partnership with Global Citizen 365 and Cliveden of the National Trust, will hold a free, family-friendly event at Cliveden (6401 Germantown Avenue, 19144). There will be a variety of activities such as painting, poetry, games, food, and more. The event will also honor Yaasir Workman, a local student,…


Cliveden Tours by Appointment

Cliveden’s tour season has officially ended. Tours can be scheduled by appointment. To schedule individual and group tours, please contact our office at 215-848-3680. To request a tour electronically, visit the Tours and Group Tours pages on our website and complete the online forms:   https://cliveden.org/tours/ https://cliveden.org/school-group-tours/   Tours will not be available on the…


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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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)