Johnson House Historic Site

Johnson House is an Underground Railroad station and a house museum where groups can deepen their understanding of the Underground Railroad. Owned by the Johnson family until 1908, their anti-slavery beliefs lead them to open the house to escaped slaves. Groups can see the roof where slaves hid from the authorities, the well that led to the Spring House, historical artifacts such as ankle shackles and collars, historic reenactments, and more. College groups will enjoy the site’s history lectures held throughout the year. 
 
Contact Info 
Address: 6306 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144. Philadelphia County. Tel: 215-438-1768. Email: info@johnsonhouse.org. Website: www.johnsonhouse.org. Hrs: Vary by season. 
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours.  Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Cost: Fee.
 

Living History Centers Fun Facts

American breakfast wasn’t always bacon, eggs, and orange juice. In colonial times, the typical child would eat a breakfast of cornmeal mush that had been cooked all night over embers.

Campers will have fun learning about the seasonal tasks and the way of life at colonial interpretive farms, villages and forts. Many have costumed guides who campers can observe to learn how children and adults lived. Many offer hands on activities such as candle making, ice-cream making, churning butter, quilting and more.

Campers can record how long various tasks took, and compare them to how long these tasks take to complete today.