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The full story of the Chew family’s fortunes uncovers the lives of enslaved individuals who lived and worked at this Germantown, Pennsylvania site.

Cliveden, the summer home of lawyer and planter Benjamin Chew, was built in 1763– 1767. It served as a hub for the Chew family’s vast business empire, one that included plantations throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey.

Visitors to this National Trust property encounter the people —including Charity Castle, Molly, Jim, and Aaron— who were enslaved by the Chews at Cliveden and their other properties. The dramatic stories of these individuals illustrate the brutality of American slavery.

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