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Cliveden connects visitors to over 250 years of history.

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Memory, Hope and Resistance: presented by Les Dames d'Escoffier

Register today for a Black History Month program curated by Chef Angela Johnson on Sunday, February 25th at 12:30pm. Tickets are $30 and on sale now.

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On Thursday, March 21st, take an in-depth tour of Cliveden's current exhibit, part of Mt. Airy Learning Tree's winter classes.

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Cliveden Winter Tour Season

Cliveden tours are now available by appointment only, January through April! Reservations made at least 48 hours in advance are required. To schedule a tour, please contact our office at 215-848-1777. 

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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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…


Special Promotion: Free Traditional Cider at Young American!

Have a free cider after your tour! Local cidery and tasting room, Young American Hard Cider & Tasting Room, is offering a special promotion for Cliveden tours! After your tour, head over to Young American for a FREE, traditional cider! This promotion is only good on the day of your tour and visitors must show…


Reconstructing Black Families: Recording Available

2023 Cliveden Conversation Series Cliveden, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the African American Genealogy Group collaborated for the program Reconstructing Black Families: Stories from the Chew Papers on Tuesday, April 18th. The conversation discussed recent digitization work of documents from the Chew Family Papers, the work of recreating family groups done by the African…


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Memory, Hope & Resistance

Memory, Hope & Resistance: presented by Les Dames d’Escoffier, Philadelphia chapter Chef Angela Johnson has curated a program for Black History Month: Memory, Hope and Resistance celebrating the voices of the formerly enslaved with readings from “To Address you as my Friend.” There will be a ceremony honoring the ancestors conducted by Desi Brittingham, Yoruba Priest of…

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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)