The Battle of Germantown Marked at the Germantown White House

Release Date: September 25, 2012
Contacts: Jane Cowley, e-mail us, 215-597-0060

On October 6, 2012, to honor the 235th anniversary of the Battle of Germantown, Independence National Historical Park will offer special tours of the Germantown White House (Deshler Morris House) focusing on the two Generals, British and American, who once stayed in this house. At 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m., visitors are invited to join this free program to learn more about British General William Howe, General George Washington and the Battle of Germantown.

The British Army under Lt. General William Howe took Philadelphia on September 26, 1777, forcing the Continental Army out of the city. After defeating General Washington in the Battle of Germantown on October 4, 1777, Howe moved into the house we now call the Germantown White House and kept his headquarters there until October 19. Years later, President Washington twice took shelter in the House, finding refuge during the 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic and using it as a summer retreat for his family the following year.

Operated by Independence National Historical Park, the Germantown White House (Deshler Morris House) is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during most of the year.

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A unit of the National Park Service, Independence National Historical Park was created by an Act of Congress on June 28, 1948. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Independence NHP covers almost 54 acres and includes Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and other historic buildings associated with the founding of the United States. For more information visit the park's website,, or follow us @independencenhp.

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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