Myths, folklore and history of the Clifton House
Clifton House is currently the headquarters of the Historical Society and contains a four room museum and research library consisting of a large collection of books, maps and articles dealing with the American Revolution, especially the Whitemarsh Encampment of 1777, the Civil War, and local history. It is open to the public on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. and by appointment at other times. For further information, call 215-646-6065.
In this 150th year since the 1858 rebuilding of Clifton House, the Historical Society of Fort Washington is presenting the history of property in which it is headquartered at the monthly meeting. The program will be presented at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Clifton House, 473 Bethlehem Pike in Fort Washington, just south of the Lafayette Avenue Connector. The program is free and the public is invited to attend.
Originally built in 1801, the Clifton House has served as a tavern, a resort hotel, store, boarding house and museum. It has had numerous owners and many tales about it have been spun over the years. Tom Rivel, Lew Keen and Robin Costa from the Historical Society will present some of the folklore associated with the site as well as the documented history of the building. The presentation will be largely based on the research of long time member and past president of the Historical Society of Fort Washington, Edward T. Addison, Jr.