Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The President's House Site 1790-1800
The President's house in the 1790s was a mirror of the young republic, reflecting both the ideals and contradictions of the new nation. The house stood in the shadow of Independence Hall, where the words "All men are created equal" and We the People were adopted, but they did not apply to all who lived in the new United States of America.
Independence National Historical Park is working with the community to interpret the President's House Site and to commemorate the enslaved African descendants who lived and toiled there. A permanent exhibit will be created on this open site near the entrance to the Liberty Bell Center.
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Records show that Washington and his family slept over the kitchen. His servants including the enslaved African descendants, slept in the former smokehouse and throughout the property. Adams left on record of how he used the house.
Bottom PortraitsGeorge Washington Attributed to Ellen Sharples, after James Sharples
John Adams by Charles Willson Peale, from life.
Hercules Attributed to Gilbert Stuart. Presumed to be George Washington's cook.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 39° 57.029′ N, 75° 9.01′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and 6th Street, on the left when traveling west on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Enslaved Africans in the Household of George and Martha Washington (here, next to this marker); Archeology Methods and Interpretation (here, next to this marker); The President's House - Washington and Adams (here, next to this marker); Strengthening Ties with the United States Awarding a Peace Medal (a few steps from this marker); History Lost & Found (a few steps from this marker); The Keeper of the House (a few steps from this marker); The House & the People Who Worked & Lived In It (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Also see . . . Brief History of the President's House. (Submitted on July 8, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Government • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,237 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 6, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 5. submitted on May 25, 2015, by Pat Filippone of Stockton, California.