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The President's House (former site)

Washington's & Adam's White House

Market Street & Fifth Street
Independence Mall State Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States

On This Very Spot one block north of Independance Hall stood the building that served as America's first "White House" from 1790 to 1800, through most of the presidential terms of George Washington and John Adams.

On This Very Spot from 1777-1778, General Howe established his headquarters during the British occupation.

On This Very Spot, Benedict Arnold began his betrayal. Other famous residents include Mary Lawrence Masters (who built it), Financier Robert Morris (who owned it), and Richard Penn (grandson of William Penn).

On This Very Spot George Washington signed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793.

On This Very Spot John Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798.

On This Very Spot, plans are underway to create a permanent exhibit telling the history of this historic spot. The exhibit will allow visitors to see archeological remnants of the home and describe the daily lives of George Washington and his slaves.

Submitted by: Michael Lejman

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This spot is located outdoors and is accessible to the public 24/7/365. For more information about the spot visit the official website at

Condition: This building no longer exists, but a permanent exhibit is now under construction.

Location: The spot is located adjacent to what is now the Liberty Bell Center on the lawn in front of Independence Hall in downtown Philadelphia.

Nearest Major Airport: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nearest Subway: 5th Street Station

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