An Underground Railroad Station and House Museum

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    Re-enactor Harriet Tubman performs at Annual Juneteenth Celebration

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    Family views the “well” that led to Spring House, a haven for enslaved Africans

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    Exterior roof where enslaved Africans hid from slave catching authorities

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    Visitor intently engaged by Johnson House artifacts and exhibits


The Johnson House Historic Site is Philadelphia’s only accessible and intact stop on the Underground Railroad. During the 19th century, and for several generations beyond, The Johnson House was owned by a family of Quaker abolitionists who worked with other European Americans, and African Americans — free and enslaved, to secure safe passage to freedom along the extensive network of clandestine routes and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

When visiting the Johnson House Historic Site you will acquire an understanding of the audacious men and women who labored for the freedom of others, and gain an appreciation for the courageous decisions made by the enslaved to embark on a perilous, hope-filled journey to freedom.

2015 Juneteenth Festival: Celebrating Heritage & Culture

Join Johnson House Historic Site, 6300 Germantown Business Alliance, and Historic Germantown for the 2015 Juneteenth Festival:  Celebrating Heritage & Culture on Saturday, June 20, 2015, 10 am – 4 pm.  This FREE community event is held to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 13th Amendment commemorating the end of slavery!  Enjoy family friendly entertainment including: music and dance performances, children’s activities, exhibits, tours, vendor marketplace, food trucks, historic re-enactments and more.   Please contact us at: 215-438-1768;  email:

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