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The Johnson House Historic Site

6306 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA

The Johnson House is the only documented, accessible and intact stop on the Underground Railroad open to the public, located in Philadelphia. Built in 1768, the Johnson House was home to generations of a Quaker family active in the abolitionist movement to end the enslavement of African Americans. The Johnsons transformed their home into a safe place for those escaping slavery. It became a stop where men, women and children could rest and be refreshed as they journeyed north to freedom. The house also stood during the Battle of Germantown in 1777 and received some damage as a result of it.


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The house stands on the corner of Germantown Ave and Washington Lane.

Visitor Services

Gift Shop and Rest room

Regular Events

Student Essay Contest reflecting the 1688 Protest Against Slavery( Feb. 24th), Juneteenth Celebration - recognition of the passage and ratification of the 13th Amendment (Saturday preceeding the 19th in June ), Women's History Month- a panel discussion and exhibition of women involved in the abolition & anti-slavery movement (March 18), and Jazz in the Garden - an afternoon of music, food and fun (August 7). Following events change early: Women's history, freedom essay contest, conductor's ball, jazz in the garden. Visit website for more details.

Available Interpretation

Underground Railroad Station and Museum

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee

Adults $8.00, Seniors $6.00 and Children (12 and under) $4


Thursday & Friday: 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Saturday - 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.



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