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Germantown White House

  • 5442 Germantown Ave. Map It
  • Germantown
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Published 02/01/2016

Fodor's Review

Formerly called the Deshler-Morris House, the Germantown home was where President Washington lived and held cabinet meetings during the yellow fever epidemic of 1793–94, making it the seat of government of the new republic for a short time, and also the oldest "official" residence of an American president. A major renovation completed in 2009 has put new life into the house. Interpretive exhibits are displayed in the house next door, and the house itself has been restored to the time Washington was there. The emphasis has also shifted to telling the stories of the entire household, from the slaves who worked there to the president and his wife. In October 1777, during the Battle of Germantown, the house was the headquarters for British general Sir William Howe. As one of the many Germantown houses built flush with the road, it has enchanting side and back gardens. The house, which has moved beyond its "Washington slept here" renown into something much more interesting, is part of the Independence National Historical Park.

Sight Information

Address:

5442 Germantown Ave., near Chelten Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19144, USA

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Phone:

215-597–7130

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • May.–mid-Sept., Fri.–Sun. 10–4; other times by appointment
  • Open one Sat. in Oct. for Revolutionary Germantown Festival; call for details

Published 02/01/2016

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