An Underground Railroad Exhibition and tours of the Revolutionary Era home of Judge Richard Peters, Secretary of the War Board for General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, are special features of the July 4th Open Housev at Historic Belmont Mansion, Underground Railroad Museum at Belmont Mansion, 2000 Belmont Mansion Drive, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
The American Women’s Heritage Society at Historic Belmont Mansion sponsors the July 4th Open House and features costumed student re-enactors from Belmont Mansion’s adopted school, Global Leadership Academy Charter School. Student trained tour guides will provide a lively and colorful recounting of historical events and people from Philadelphia’s past.
“Our interactive exhibits are giving visitors a unique and unforgettable experience with real history told in a 21st century way” Audrey Johnson Thornton said. She added “Visitors will experience new and exciting technology driven audio narratives that share authentic stories at a touch of a button. You will explore maps and timelines while walking through one of the nation’s first example of Palladian Style architecture.”
The Open House is intergenerational and families are encouraged to bring children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and friends for a fun filled and relaxing day at an authentic Underground Railroad site.
Hear the stories of escape and freedom via the Underground Railroad. Learn how Judge Richard Peters purchased the enslaved young woman named Cornelia Wells and her child, and how he set them free. Walk the gardens where George Washington once strolled and planted a tree. A nationally recognized Underground Railroad site, Belmont Mansion is a Network to Freedom member and an affiliate of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.