The Germantown White House

The Germantown White House (HMVJV)

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19144 Philadelphia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 2.035', W 75° 10.328'

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Deshler-Morris House

— Independence Nat'l Hist Park —

President George Washington lived here in the Deshler-Morris House twice. He came here first seeking refuge from the yellow fever epidemic of 1793. The "pure and healthy air" of the rural village of Germantown, six miles from Philadelphia, was safe from the disease. More than 4,000 Philadelphians died as the disease ravaged the national capital. Thousands of residents left the city for the comparatively disease-free countryside. The following summer Washington returned with his family, who had now joined him in Philadelphia. This house thus became the first of many summer presidential retreats. Here the elder Washingtons relaxed with their grandchildren, Eleanor Parke Custis and George Washington Parke Custis, and enjoyed the pleasures of family life. The household was served by enslaved persons and servants, both hired and indentured.
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 6:23pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 485314 N 4431535
Decimal Degrees40.03391667, -75.17213333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 2.035', W 75° 10.328'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 2' 2.10" N, 75° 10' 19.68" W
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Area Code(s)215, 610, 267
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5448 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia PA 19144, US
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