AAA Editor Notes
President's House Site, 600 Market St. at jct. 6th St. within Independence National Historical Park, is the site of the former residence of Presidents George Washington and John Adams 1790-1800. Although the structure no longer exists, the exhibit “Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation,” which features video installations, panels and illustrated glass, tells the story of their time here. Archeological fragments unearthed from the site in 2007 can be viewed in a glass enclosure.
The contradiction of Washington's belief in freedom with his use of slaves is pointed out, profiling nearly a dozen of the Africans who worked here. A memorial honors all the enslaved who lived on the grounds. A cell phone audio tour is available.
Note: the attraction is outdoors and offers no shelter from inclement weather.
Time: Allow 45 minutes minimum.