6401 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 848-1777, groups ext. 223

Places Nearby:
Historic Rittenhouse
LaSalle University Art Museum
Shofuso Pine Breeze Villa
Morris Arboretum
Grand Army of the Republic
More in:

Other States:

Built by Benjamin and Elizabeth Chew as a summer retreat, this beautiful mansion has housed seven generations of Chews over 200 years. Once as large as 66 acres, the now 6-acre site is landscaped with plane trees, catalpa, and rare 'Franklinia'. Classical statuary, including several pieces damaged during the Battle of Germantown, can be seen around the property.

In October of 1777, the Continental Army marched on Germantown, forcing the British infantry down Germantown Avenue. About 100 British soldiers took shelter within Cliveden's thick walls, firing upon Washington's troops as they passed by. Washington ordered a full scale assault on the house, bearing down with muskets, fire carts, battering rams, grapeshot, and cannon fire. Cliveden would not fall.

After several hours of fierce battle, Washington withdrew his forces, leaving bodies piled up on Cliveden's doorstep. Though Washington's immediate objective was not fulfilled, the battle moved the French to help America in the war. Without French aid the the Revolution may have taken a different turn.

Today visitors can tour the house, which includes original furnishings and decorative arts. The works of Colonial Philadelphia craftsman such as James Reynolds, Jonathan Gostelowe and Thomas Affleck are well represented here. Changing exhibits of historical and artistic significance are displayed in the restored Carriage House reception area. Visitors can enjoy special events throughout the year, including a Re-enactment of the Battle of Germantown. Call for a calendar.

Cliveden offers two great history education programs for School Groups, grades 3 - 8: Patriots or Traitors, which explores the conflicting loyalties of Philadelphians during the American Revolution and Suing for Freedom, which gives insight into the nature of urban slavery and the efforts to end slavery in Pennsylvania following the Revolution.

Hours: Open April - December, Thursday - Sunday 12 - 4 pm. Last tour begins no later than 3:30pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Call to confirm hours. Off- season tours available for groups and individuals by appointment.
Adults $10.00
Students $6.00
Children under 6 FREE
Prices subject to change. Call before visiting.
Adult groups $8.00 per person
School Programs $4.00 per student Grades 4 - 8 and $6.00 for grades 8 and up.
Group Reservations: At least 4 weeks in advance for School programs, 2 weeks for Adults tours.
Lunch: Picnic area available. Groups can have catered lunch.
Handicapped Access: Only first floor is accessible.
Directions: Located on Germantown Ave. just west of Johnson St.

Copyright © 1996-2014 by Patrick Tadeushuk. All Rights Reserved.