Johnson House Historic Site

Address: 6306 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Neighborhood: Germantown


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Contact: 215-438-1768

Description: Philadelphia was a center of the 19th-century American movement to abolish slavery, and the Johnson House was an important station on the Underground Railroad that helped escaping enslaved Africans to freedom. From 1770 to 1908, five generations of the Quaker Johnson family, leading abolitionists and reformers, lived in this colonial stone house. Among the oldest structures in Germantown, it later served as a Woman’s Club and is now a historic house museum. The house is within the Colonial Germantown National Historic Landmark District.

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Information for Visitors

  • Admission
    • $10 for adults
    • $7 for seniors
    • $4 for children
  • Tours
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (by appointment only with 2 weeks notice)
    • Thursday, Friday: Walk-in Tour Days: February – June and September  – November, 10 am – 4 pm  (1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm )
    • Saturday, Year Round Walk-in Tours:  1:15pm,  2:15pm, 3:15 pm


  • Celebrating diversity – African American, women, and minority stories
  • Changemakers – social reform, racial justice, political movements\
  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Nature in the city – gardens, parks, cemeteries
  • Faith and ideals – religion, philosophy,  political ideology
  • Business of life – stories of daily life, business, industry, commerce

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