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Johnson House Historical Site

Neighbourhood: Germantown
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Address: Germantown Avenue at Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119
Phone Number: +1 215-843-0943
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Once home to three generations of an abolitionist Quaker family, the...

Once home to three generations of an abolitionist Quaker family, the Johnson House served as a stop on Harriet Tubmans Underground Railroad.

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Great historical site

As new transplants to Philadelphia, we are starting to explore the area and its history. We decided to visit the Johnson House on a Saturday, and didn't tell our kids (8 and 12... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 November 2015
Craig M
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

As new transplants to Philadelphia, we are starting to explore the area and its history. We decided to visit the Johnson House on a Saturday, and didn't tell our kids (8 and 12) where we were going. On the drive over, they were guessing movies we were going to see, parks to visit, etc., so my wife and I were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

A former colleague of mine had posted several times about this landmark. I visited the Johnson House historical site with my daughter. During the tour I learned new facts about US history and some of our presidents. I also learned 1st hand what some freedoms seekers had to do endure in their quest for freedom. Our guide made the events... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

I had an unforgettable tour of the Johnson House hosted by Jacqueline Wiggins of Wiggins Tours, LLC. I learned about the important role the Johnson House played in helping secure a space for runaways who wanted to live freely. I learned about the very aggressive role that slave catchers played; and I learned about the important role that that Pennsylvania,... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2015 via mobile

The woman who showed us around knew her stuff and gave a thorough history of the family and area so we appreciated what we learned and saw. The tour was just my mom and I so we had any questions answered and felt we learned a lot. Woman on the tour made sure we were parked in the right place... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

This is the house on Germantown Avenue that was one of the stops for the underground railroad. The tour guide was a knowledgeable gentleman who answered every question about how the underground railroad operated from this house. The original floors, windows, stairs, et al are there. The tour guide provided the information at a level for adults. The tour included... More 

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Abington, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2012

took my class here on a field trip while studying the Underground Railroad. Tour guides were very friendly and good young children. Didn't feel rushed and the information was geared to 3rd graders. Appreciated that from the staff.Tour included outside and inside. Would definitely recommend it to other teachers and those interested in the URR.

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