NileGuide Expert Says:

Come to Cliveden not just for the site itself, but for the historic neighborhood of Germantown as well. Now a mostly low-income neighborhood, Germantown was once the location of the country estates of wealthy Philadelphians. If you drive to Cliveden, be sure to notice the beautiful old homes and businesses that line Germantown Avenue and the streets around it.


6401 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119


215 848 1777


Benjamin Chew built Cliveden in the 1760s as a summer home, several miles away from his winter home in downtown Philadelphia. Cliveden sits in the heart of Germantown, a historic but now blighted neighborhood in northwest Phildedelphia. The house sheltered many generations of Chews and, in 1777, served as a temporary shelter for the British army, who had found it empty and decided to break in. The house is open to visitors from April to December, and it is well worth the trip to Germantown.

Free tours are available. Located in the historical Germantown section of Philadelphia amongst a variety of other historical sites and restaurants.

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