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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

An Underground Railroad Station and House Museum


Johnson House Historic Site, Inc. is one of Philadelphia’s few accessible, intact historic sites and stops on the Underground Railroad open for tours. 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, 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 enslaved Africans to embark on a perilous, hope-filled journey to freedom.


Historic Germantown Consortium



“We, the member sites of the Historic Germantown consortium, affirm that Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color communities, and share their grief over lives lost and their goals for social justice. We honor the presence of black and brown residents, activists, and leaders in Northwest Philadelphia.
The consortium holds itself accountable to a high standard of inclusion and outreach and acknowledges the deep rifts in our neighborhoods caused by racism, violence, disinvestment, and white supremacy. We condemn these behaviors and structures, holding space to claim our role in making positive changes within our institutions and in the wider world.
Historic Germantown sites will continue to tell diverse and fascinating stories that highlight pride of place, famous firsts, prominent families and grassroots leaders, and the ongoing struggle for freedom.  In this work, we will foster greater participation, equity and opportunity within our community, striving to make the repairs and share the resources necessary to build goodwill and promote social justice now and into the future.”


Johnson House is open for limited indoor tours Friday and Saturday by appointments only!  Tours are approximately one hour long.


To schedule a tour contact us at:  [email protected]sonhouse.org.  Provide the number of visitors in your group, a preferred time slot, and a telephone contact number.

Tour Time Slots:  12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3pm


Johnson House Historic Site

6306 Germantown Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19144-1908

Tel: 215-438-1768


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