Washington’s Germantown Servants and Slaves

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At the “Germantown White House,” when President George Washington and his family stayed during July 30 – September 20, 1794 at the home of Colonel Isaac Franks (now the Deshler-Morris House), there were perhaps twenty-three servants assisting the family while they retreated from Philadelphia during the yellow fever epidemic. In thisYesterday and Today column article, let us learn about the people who inhabited this presidential abode and its several levels of: family, guests, employees, indentured servants and slaves.