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Germantown 'White House'

  • Historically Known As: Deshler House
  • Also Known As: Deshler-Morris House

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building


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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1752/00/00 Deshler House is built as a four room summer cottage for merchant David Deshler.
1777/10/04 British Lt Col John Bird is mortally wounded during the Battle of Germantown. After surgery at Melchoir Meng's house (now a part of Vernon Park), he was carried to the Bringhurst House, where he died. Battle of Germantown
1777/10/04 American Patriots and British Regulars fight near the Deshler House. Battle of Germantown
1777/10/19 Sir William Howe British Commander William Howe's headquarters, July 1777 to 19 October 1777 Battle of Germantown
1793/11/16 George Washington President President Washington avoids the President's house in central Philadelphia and takes shelter in Isaac Franks' house during the yellow fever epidemic, November 16 to 30. 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic
1793/11/30 Henry Knox Secretary of War Washington meets with his cabinet (Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Knox and Edmund Randolph) in Isaac Franks' house four times between November 16 and 30, 1793. 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic
1793/11/30 Alexander Hamilton Secretary of the Treasury Washington meets with his cabinet (Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Knox and Edmund Randolph) in Isaac Franks' house four times between November 16 and 30, 1793. 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic
1793/11/30 Thomas Jefferson Secretary of State Washington meets with his cabinet (Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Knox and Edmund Randolph) in Isaac Franks' house four times between November 16 and 30, 1793. 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic
1794/09/00 George Washington Visitor Washington family stays at the Franks' house during September and October.

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Particulars for Germantown 'White House':
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Historic Use Clubhouse
Owner Federal
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Area of Significance Politics-government
Historic Use Single dwelling



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 72000095
Resource Type:
Owner: Federal
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: No style listed
Nominator Name: National Historical Park
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Politics-government, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering, Person
Period of Significance: 1750-1799, 1800-1824
Significant Year: 1772
Associated People: Washington,George
Historic Function: Domestic, Social
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling, Clubhouse
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

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