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Deshler-Morris House

America's oldest existing official presidential residence

Deshler-Morris House
Deshler-Morris House
Click to enlarge. Photo by Joe Minardi.

5442 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
(215) 596-1748

On This Very Spot in October 1793, President George Washington moved his home and office to escape the Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia. In 1794, he and his family used this very spot as a summer retreat. As a result, this very spot has been nicknamed "The Germantown White House."

On This Very Spot on January 13, 1972, the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places (USA).

During the period of Washington's residence here, the official presidential residence was The President's House in central Philadelphia. Because that building no longer exists, the Deshler-Morris House is America's oldest official presidential residence.

Submitted By:  David Allison

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Location: A few miles directly north of downtown Philadelphia

Nearest Major Airport: Philadelphia

Nearest Rail: Germantown

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