History Lost & Found Historical

History Lost & Found Historical (HM1XM5)

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19106 Philadelphia County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 57.022', W 75° 9.006'

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Washington's letters described planned renovations to the house. These letters and other documents helped us know the outline of the original house and changes to the design. Archeologists discovered a previously unknown kitchen basement and underground passageway connecting this basement to the one under the main house. In these spaces enslaved Africans and free and indentured servants carried out many of their domestic chores out of sight of the Washington family, guests, and official visitors to the house.
The foundation of the house confirmed the addition of a two-story bow window that President Washington had added to the house to afford more spacious and fashionable rooms for his formal receptions. Such bow windows were the height of fashion during the 1790s. Archeologists noted that there are no definitive presidential artifacts, but that the basement foundations are the significant features.
The space where some of the enslaved stable lands slept is a mere five feet from the entrance to the Liberty Bell Center. You can no longer see the room, but you can imagine the voices of those whose daily lives stood in stark contrast to those of the founders who declared, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable Right, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
HM NumberHM1XM5
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 487178 N 4422259
Decimal Degrees39.95036667, -75.15010000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 57.022', W 75° 9.006'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 57' 1.32" N, 75° 9' 0.36" W
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Area Code(s)267, 484, 215, 610
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near , Philadelphia PA 19106, US
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