4601 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140
Stenton, built in 1730 for James Logan, William Pennís agent, is known as one of the earliest, best-preserved and most believable historic houses in Philadelphia. Located in Philadelphia's Historic Northwest, Stenton now sits on three acres of the original 500-acre plantation. The site includes an elegant mansion, a kitchen wing, privy, barn and icehouse. The 1787 barn contains an exhibit of agricultural tools dating from the 18th and early 19th centuries. Visiting Stenton gives one a sense of what life was like in colonial times.
Cliveden of the National Trust
6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19144 215.848.1777
or email: Info@cliveden.org
At Cliveden, a historic house museum in the Germantown section
of Philadelphia, you can learn about a time when local families
watched soldiers march through the streets and heard bullets
whizzing past their front doors. Cliveden was the scene of the
Battle of Germantown in October, 1777. Descendants of builder
Benjamin Chew lived here until 1972. Today, Cliveden tells the
story of the battle, and the family who saved this important
piece of American history.
The Johnson House Historic Site
6306 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Best known today as a station stop on the Underground Railroad
in the 1850s, the Johnson House was built in 1768 for
the successful Quaker tanner and landowner John Johnson. During
the American Revolution the house was part of the Battle of
Germantown, although as pacifist Quakers, the Johnsons refused
to participate in the war on either side.
During the 1850's, the Johnson's turned their house into an
Underground Railroad station, and it became a crucial stop-over
on the network used by runaways en route to freedom in upstate
New York and Canada. Visitors to the house today can still view
the attic, where runaway slaves were given a safe place to sleep
overnight. Runaways also stayed in the barns, springhouse, and
other outbuildings on the property. It was illegal to aid runaway
slaves and the Johnson's could have faced fines and even imprisonment
had they been caught. The runaways, if caught, would be returned.
6026 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
www.wyck.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Historic home since 1690
Wyck was home to nine generations of the same Quaker family,
the Wistars and the Haines, who owned and lived on this "farm"
in Germantown. Today the wonderful colonial house with its noteworthy
1824 alterations by William Strickland, and historic gardens
invites visitors to view not only remarkable collections, but
to experience through the lives of its owners the changing character
of Philadelphia. They personify the city's leadership in business,
natural history and science, education and social responsibility.