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The President’s House, at 524–30 Market Street in Philadelphia was the third Presidential Mansion. It housed George Washington from November 27, 1790, to March 10, 1797, and John Adams from March 21, 1797, to May 30, 1800.
In 2007 the National Park Service undertook a public archaeology project to excavate artifacts and assess the findings at the site of the President’s House. It attracted 300,000 visitors, as a viewing area was constructed so they could oversee the archaeologists at work. The project stimulated tremendous interest and wide-ranging discussions in the city and region about the role of slavery in its history, as well as national media attention. Due to findings of fragments of an 18th-century building, the memorial had to be redesigned. It was developed as a joint project of the National Park Service and the City of Philadelphia.
Completed in 2010, the memorial, President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation, is an open-air pavilion that shows the outline of the original buildings and allows visitors to view the remaining foundations. Some artifacts are displayed within the pavilion. Signage and video exhibits portray the history of the structure, as well as the roles of Washington’s slaves in his household and slaves in American society. The memorial was a joint project of the City of Philadelphia and the National Park Service.
- City Attraction Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Fully Accessible Entry: Yes
- Accessible Restrooms Onsite: Yes
- Restrictive Steps: No Restrictive Steps
Jim’s Accessibility Comments:
This is an open air exhibit and is fully wheelchair accessible.
It is operated by the National Park Service and they always work to make sure historic locations such as this are wheelchair accessible.