200 Years of Kitchen Innovation at Cliveden

Saturday, August 19, 2023 | 12pm to 2pm

Explore Cliveden's service spaces with the Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley!

*Registration is closed for this program.*

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Explore the service spaces at Cliveden and learn how the built environment, technologies and staffing changed between the 1760s, 1860s and 1960s. The program will begin with a short presentation in the Carriage House followed by tastings inspired by the different time periods and tours of Cliveden’s cooking and service spaces.

*Registration for this program is closed.*

Program Participants

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Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley

The Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley (HFSDV) is a non-profit group about to celebrate its 25th Anniversary  dedicated to the promotion and understanding of food and its place and contributions to history. Their members are not only food lovers, but also enjoy sharing their passion with others. While mainly concentrating on 17th through the 19th Century cooking, the Foodways Society sponsors programs throughout the year including visits to historic sites, hands-on hearth cooking, food history authors talks and lectures -- all of which normally include tasting of period foods. Many of the programs focus on the rich foodways of the greater Philadelphia region. 

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Cliveden of the National Trust

Built as a country house for attorney Benjamin Chew, Cliveden was completed in 1767 and was home to seven generations of the Chew family. Cliveden has long been famous as the site of the American Revolutionary War Battle of Germantown in 1777, as well as for its Georgian architecture. New research is unearthing a more complicated history at Cliveden, which involves layers of significance, including the lives of those who were enslaved and in service to the Chew family. This information broadens the meaning of Cliveden as a preserved historic place, exploring themes and stories of American identity and freedom. Traces of the history of the Cliveden property and its occupants can be found throughout the five acre woody landscape.

Getting Here

Cliveden's physical address is 6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144. Street parking is available around the site and neighborhood on a first come, first serve basis.

The program will begin in the Carriage House Visitor Center. The Carriage House Visitor Center is located near the corner of Cliveden and Morton Streets (use this address to locate the Carriage House: 98 E. Cliveden Street, 19119). The Carriage House is wheelchair accessible.