Preservation Work to Address Water Infiltration

Johnson House Historic Site

2013
$200,000

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Johnson House Historic Site. Image courtesy of Hidden City Philadelphia.

One of the most well preserved Underground Railroad sites east of the Ohio River, Germantown's Johnson House functioned as the residence for five generations of abolitionist Quakers. This National Historic Landmark will receive important repairs that will ultimately result in increased public access to the site and greater structural stability. The preservation work will address water damage, drainage solutions, interior repairs, and protection of the hardwood floors. While the buildings and grounds of the Johnson House Historic Site remain relatively unchanged since the 19th century, the enhancements will add to the authenticity of the visitor experience and allow better public access to various parts of the site, for ongoing interpretive programs.