The Johnson House, built in 1768, served as a stop for fugitive slaves who were making their way North on the underground ... More
The Johnson House, built in 1768, served as a stop for fugitive slaves who were making their way North on the underground railroad during the 19th Century. It is the only known structure of this type in Philadelphia that is currently open to the pubic. The Johnson House is presently owned and operated by the Germantown Historic Trust and offers interpretative programs in American history as well as supporting resources to the public.
Johnson House is an extraordinary site. I am proud to give tours to any and all interested individuals and groups. I must correct the previous review. Runaways were not hidden beneath floor boards in this house. It is likely they were harbored in an attice space (the garret over the kitchen), in the space beneath the roof of an out building, and possibly in or above the 3rd floor bedrooms of the house. Recent preservation work on the house revealed a redware bowl hidden on a rafter between the ceiling and roof of the house. It is a tantilizing clue that someone was eating a meal, perhaps while in hiding, in that remote location. I invite others to visit Johnson House.
This was a blast to the pass! Inside this home you will be walking on original wood floors of where run away slaves were hidden during there run for freedom. The tours was absolutely fantastic. My family learned a lot. There is a small fee but it was well worth it. Not expensive at all. A family of four went for $14 dollars ( 2 adults and 2 children) If your in the area, you got to go to German town and see the Johnson house. A must see for History buffs and or interested individuals!
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