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Academy of Natural SciencesAllegheny Aqueduct Historical ParkAmerican Philosophical Society MuseumAmerican Swedish Historical MuseumAntietam Lake Park and Angora Fruit FarmAppalachian Trail ConservancyAppalachian TrailheadArtFusion 19464Awbury ArboretumBarnes FoundationBartram’s GardenBear Creek Environmental Area & Dr. James S. Shadle Nature CenterBelmont Mansion and Underground Railroad MuseumBerks County Genealogical SocietyBerks County Heritage CenterBerks NatureBicycle Coalition of Greater PhiladelphiaBinky Lee PreserveBlack Rock DamBlack Rock SanctuaryBlue Marsh LakeBlue Mountain Eagle Climbing ClubBoathouse RowBoyertown Museum of Historic VehiclesCabela’sCarousel at PottstownCedar Grove MansionCentral Perkiomen Valley ParkChester Springs StudiosCliveden of the National TrustColebrookdale Railroad: The Secret Valley LineColonial TheatreConrad Weiser HomesteadCrow’s Nest PreserveCynwyd Trail BridgeDaniel Boone HomesteadDelaware Valley Orienteering AssociationDestination Schuylkill RiverEast Falls GlassworksEastern State PenitentiaryEbenezer Maxwell MansionElmwood Park ZooEvansburg State ParkFairmount ParkFairmount Water Works Interpretive CenterFairview Union Sunday SchoolFitzwater Station Canoe and Kayak RentalsFort Mifflin on the DelawareFort Washington State ParkFranklin InstituteFrench Creek State ParkFricks Locks Village ToursGermantown White House (Deshler-Morris House)Goggleworks Center for the ArtsGoschenhoppen Historians, Inc.Great Valley Nature CenterGreen Lane ParkGreen Valleys AssociationGring’s Mill Recreation AreaGrumblethorpeGwynedd Wildlife PreserveHamburg Area Historical SocietyHamburg Field HouseHawk Mountain SanctuaryHermitage MansionHex Barn Art TourHighlands Mansion and GardensHistoric Houses of Fairmount ParkHistoric Joanna FurnaceHistoric RittenhouseTownHistoric Yellow SpringsHistorical Society of Berks County Museum and LibraryHistorical Society of Montgomery CountyHistorical Society of Schuylkill CountyHistorical Society of Phoenixville AreaHope LodgeHopewell Furnace National Historic SiteHunsicker’s GroveIndependence National Historical ParkJapanese House and GardenJenkins ArboretumJerry’s Classic Car MuseumJewish Museum of Eastern PAJohn Heinz National Wildlife RefugeJohn James Audubon at Mill GroveKernsville Dam Recreation AreaKeystone Canoe ClubKing of Prussia ShoppingKutztown Area Historical SocietyLaurel Hill CemeteryLaurel Hill MansionLeesport Locktender’s HouseLemon HillLocust Lake State ParkLorimer ParkLower Merion ConservancyLower Perkiomen Valley ParkManatawny Green Mini GolfManayunk Arts CenterManayunk TowpathMary Wood Park HouseMennonite Heritage CenterMill at AnselmaMolly Maguire Auto TourMonocacy Hill Recreation AreaMontgomery CemeteryMontgomery County Community College West CampusMorlatton VillageMorris ArboretumMutter MuseumNational Constitution CenterNational Iron & Steel Heritage MuseumNational Museum of American Jewish HistoryNicholas Stoltzfus HouseNolde Forest Environmental Education CenterNorristown Farm ParkOrwigsburg Historical Society & MuseumOur Town Foundation GalleryPA German Cultural Heritage CenterPaoli Battlefield Historical ParkPennypacker MillsPerkiomen TrailPerkiomen Watershed ConservancyPeter Wentz FarmsteadPhiladelphia Canoe ClubPhiladelphia History Museum at Atwater KentPhiladelphia Museum of ArtPhiladelphia ZooPhoenixville FoundryPioneer Tunnel Coal MinePlease Touch MuseumPort Clinton Peanut ShopPottsgrove ManorPottstown RiverwalkPowel HouseRailway Restoration Project 113Reading Area Community College Yocum LibraryReading Area Firefighters MuseumReading Blue Mountain & Northern RailroadReading PagodaReading Public MuseumReading Railroad Heritage MuseumRiver of Revolutions Interpretive CenterRiverbend Environmental Education CenterRosenbach Museum & LibraryRyerss Museum and LibrarySantander Arena and Performing Arts CenterSchuylkill BanksSchuylkill Canal Lock 60Schuylkill Canal Tow Path and LocksSchuylkill Center for Environmental EducationSchuylkill County Agricultural MuseumSchuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape InitiativeSchuylkill River Greenways NHASchuylkill River Trail BoardwalkSchwenkfelder Library & Heritage CenterSculpture ToursSovereign Majestic TheatreSpring-Ford Area Historical Society MuseumStentonStrawberry MansionSullivan’s BridgeSweetbriar MansionTake it Outdoors AdventuresTamaqua Train StationThe Speaker’s HouseThe WoodlandsTuscarora State ParkUniversity of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and AnthropologyUpper Schuylkill Valley ParkValley Forge National Historical ParkVenice Island Interpretive WalkVF Clothing Outlet CenterWalk In Art CenterWarwick County ParkWashington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (W3R)Welkinweir / Green Valley AssociationWissahickon Valley ParkWoodfordWoodmere Art MuseumWyckYuengling Brewery Tours

Germantown White House (Deshler-Morris House)

5442 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19144

Directions:
Follow signs to Lincoln Drive. At first light, turn right onto Rittenhouse Street. At next light, turn right onto Wissahickon Avenue. At second light, turn left onto School House lane and continue to Germantown Avenue. Turn right onto Germantown Avenue. The site is located on the right hand side.

(215) 597-7130

Operating Hours

Wed-Sun 12-4 pm

The house was built in 1772 by merchant David Deshler, and a mere five years later it was in the middle of the raging Battle of Germantown. British General Sir William Howe occupied the house after the Battle.

In 1793 the Yellow Fever epidemic swept through the capital of Philadelphia, and people from all over the city sought refuge in the country. President George Washington and his cabinet escaped the Fever in Germantown. During November, 1793, Washington lived in the house and met with his cabinet. Much official and important business went on in the so-called “Germantown White House.”

Colonel Franks, the second owner of the house, and the President had some disagreements about the rent and costs along the way. Franks charged Washington $131.56, which included Franks’ traveling costs to and from Bethlehem, the cost of furniture and bedding for his own family, the loss of a flatiron, one fork, four plates, three ducks, four fowl, a bushel of potatoes, and one hundred bushels of hay. Despite these extra costs, Washington returned to the house the next summer with his family.

Later the house was sold to Elliston and John Perot, and in 1834 to Elliston’s son-in-law, Samuel B. Morris. Inside the house there is a portrait of the earlier Samuel Morris, signed by Washington. The Morris family lived in the house for over one hundred years before donating it to the National Park Service in 1948. Information courtesy of ushistory.org

The Germantown White House reopened in July 2009 after a year and a half closure for major repairs. The site now features new exhibits that tell the story of the Battle of Germantown, the First Family and the entire household, including enslaved Africans.

Features

National Park Passport Stamp available here