Deshler-Morris House

David Deshler built what's now known as the Deshler-Morris House in 1752 in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Initially, he built a four-room home, but he added to it in 1772, making it three stories with nine rooms. The last owners were the Morris family, who donated it to the National Park Service in 1948. George Washington stayed at the house during 1793 to avoid Philadelphia’s smallpox epidemic and again in 1794 as he wanted to escape the city’s heat. Ironically, the home was occupied by British General William Howe, who was an arch-enemy of Washington, in 1777. 

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In 2009, the National Park Service officially changed the Deshler-Morris House's name to the Germantown White House. However, many still refer to it as the Deshler-Morris House. Having been restored to look similar to its appearance when George Washington stayed there, it's now a historic landmark and museum. During a tour, you can learn exciting facts about how Washington oversaw a divided cabinet while living in the house. This house is the oldest home in America that a president used as a White House. 

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How To Get To Deshler-Morris House

The Deshler-Morris House is in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood, which is easily reachable from Independence Hall. From this landmark, head north on South 5th Street. Turn left on Arch Street and right on North 7th Street. Veer a slight right on North Franklin Street so that you can turn left on Interstate 676 West. Take the exit to get on Interstate 76 West, then take Exit 340B to get on US 1 North. Get off at the Germantown Avenue Exit and merge onto West Roberta Avenue. Go straight to get onto Berkley Street. Finally, turn left onto Germantown Avenue.


Deshler-Morris House, 5442 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144 

Fee: Entry fee $0

When visiting the vibrant Germantown area of Pennsylvania, the Deshler-Morris House is a must-see stop. While you can explore various aspects of the historic neighborhood surrounding this site on foot, you can make the most of your stay by bringing your RV. There are plenty of great hiking opportunities at nearby parks as well as other places the entire family can enjoy.