One of the stops I made in Philadelphia on Sunday was to the President's House, no not the current President, but George Washington's. I thought he lived at Mount Vernon, you might be thinking, and that would not be incorrect, but when he was President, Washington lived in Philadelphia.
Why isn't this place better known? Well, that would be because the house no longer exists as it once did. As with many historic houses, all that remains can be found in the archaeological record. I saw the interpretation of it being constructed in October, and I'm glad to say that it's been completed.
Today, visitors to the President's House can peek into the archaeological record, a sealed section of the excavation is included in the open air exhibition on the house and George Washington's slaves. The exhibition is installed on a skeleton of the house, brick walls, and window frames, to scale of what once existed. It's actually really neat and I recommend checking it out, it's .
Here are some pictures to satisfy your interest:
From the outside looking in.
From the inside looking out. It's great to see so many people actually utilizing the space in some way.
There are videos too, in addition to signage.
Here on the floor are the outlines of where rooms and walls would have stood. Such a neat feature, very clever.
Here's some of the archaeology that was conducted on the site.
I totally recommend stopping by the President's House if you are in Philadelphia. It's right in the middle of some of the biggest tourist sites and across the street from the visitors' center. Stay tuned for more of my Cooperstown-Philly-Maryland adventure.
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