History Lost & Found
Washington's letters described planned renovations to the house. These letters and other documents helped us know the outline of the original house and changes to the design. Archeologists discovered a previously unknown kitchen basement and underground passageway connecting this basement to the one under the main house. In these spaces enslaved Africans and free and indentured servants carried out many of their domestic chores out of sight of the Washington family, guests, and official visitors to the house.
The foundation of the house confirmed the addition of a two-story bow window that President Washington had added to the house to afford more spacious and fashionable rooms for his formal receptions. Such bow windows were the height of fashion during the 1790s. Archeologists noted that there are no definitive presidential artifacts, but that the basement foundations are the significant features.
The space where some of the enslaved stable lands slept is a mere five feet from the entrance to the Liberty Bell Center. You can no longer see the room, but you can imagine the voices of those whose daily lives stood in stark contrast to those of the founders who declared, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 39° 57.022′ N, 75° 9.006′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and South Independence Mall West (6th Street), on the right when traveling east on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: President's House Site N of Liberty Bell Pavilion, Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named History Lost & Found (here, next to this marker); "...is hereby empowered to sieze such Fugitives" (here, next to this marker); Awarding a Peace Medal (here, next to this marker); "Freedom might be too great a temptation" (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named History Lost & Found (here, next to this marker); Strengthening Ties with the United States (a few steps from this marker); Life Under Slavery (a few steps from this marker); Washington's Death and a Renewed Hope for Freedom (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Also see . . .
1. History of the President's House Site. (Submitted on April 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. President's House Site: Uncovering the Past through Archeology. (Submitted on April 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Civil Rights • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.