5442 Germantown Ave., 215/597-7130
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George Washington lived in the Deshler-Morris House, also called the “Germantown White House,” on two occasions. In October 1793, he came to escape the Yellow Fever epidemic ravaging Philadelphia , and the following summer, he came again on vacation.
Ironically, his enemy British General Howe was also one of the house’s former residents. Howe stayed here after he and his troops defeated the Continental Army in the Battle of Germantown.
Originally a simple four-room cottage, a nine-room addition later transformed it into an elegant manor befitting a presidential address. The interior offers a glimpse into the lifestyles of Washington and other residents. Most of the furnishings belonged to the Deshler and Morris families, and one red sofa is thought to have belonged to George Washington.
The house is now operated and maintained by the Independence National Historical Park Services . While you’re here, stop to check out the Civil War Monument in Market Square across the street, installed in 1883.