Cliveden, one of America’s most well-preserved historic sites, is located 6 miles from Center City Philadelphia in Historic Germantown (actually in Mt Airy, but identified with Historic Germantown).
Explore what America is through the stories of Cliveden’s people: be they revolutionaries, inhabitants, or enslaved workers. Cliveden’s architecture: the 1767 building contains stellar furniture and decorative art and remains one of the nation’s best-documented and least-altered colonial houses; and Cliveden’s sense of place: located in America’s most historic neighborhood, Cliveden benefits from centuries of dedicated preservation efforts.
Well-known as the scene of a Revolutionary War battle, Cliveden’s story spans four centuries of American history. The men, women, and children connected to this site provoke multiple ways to examine what being an American can mean. A day in the life of Cliveden involves both the War for Independence and the Struggle for Freedom, along with the ongoing preservation and detective work that ensure Cliveden will continue to provide meaning for future generations. Cliveden’s house and grounds tell all these stories together—the Battle of Germantown, the world of the Chew family, and struggle for human rights in America— the story of Cliveden is the story of America.