Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and is known for its very rich history. People also visit it for the Independce Hall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, an immortalized triumphant run of Sylvester Stallone for the film “Rocky,” and many more.
A photo of downtown Philadelphia. (Link: https://www.discoverphl.com/listing/?lid=727808)
People also visit Philadelphia for its supposed haunted spots. One of these haunted places is the Cliveden Manor or the Benjamin Chew House. Do you want to know more about why it is rumored to be haunted? Read below if you are interested!
The facade of the Cliveden Mansion or the Benjamin Chew House. (https://www.pinterest.ph/pin/245586985903904719/?nic_v1=1aAmkZIGWkK09SbjRf4fWURixSFRxWcEHzpiyx1vziJEfkM%2BWCYpAQUFv9L8U3ZOYh)
History Of Benjamin Chew House
The Cliveden Manor or the Benjamin Chew House is located in the Germantown neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia. The home was built for then-attorney Benjamin Chew and his family in order to spare them from yellow fever and from the heat.
An undated illustration of Benjamin Chew. (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Chew)
The home was completed in 1767. A total of seven generations of the Chew family lived in the Benjamin Chew House but now, the mansion is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
An old illustration of the Benjamin Chew House. (Link: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Benjamin_Chew)
At the time of the American Revolutionary War, the Benjamin Chew House became the center of the Battle of Germantown back in 1777. It was occupied by the British during the said battle and Colonel Thoms Musgrave and his troops used the mansion as a stronghold. Their marksmen from the 40th regiment stood their post on the second floor windows of the mansion and acted like snipers. The army of Washington then ordered his men to reduce the mansion to rubble but neither their cannons nor fire destroyed the home. During the battle, many lives were lost in the area and they are reportedly the ones haunting it to this day.
After the battle, the property was sold to one Blair McClenachan. It was later repurchased by the Chew family in 1797. The Chew family occupied the mansion until 1970.
The home was very prominent because it was larger than most of the colonial houses in Philadelphia during the 1760s. The house has two stories, a gabled roof, a brick chimney, and many more. There are actually four buildings in the property – the main house, the kitchen dependency, the wash house, and the carriage house.
A sign showing the entrance in the Carriage House. (Link: https://whyy.org/articles/clivedens-new-campaign/)
People can visit the public park of the Benjamin Chew House from Monday through Friday starting at 9 A.M. until 5 P.M. If you want to have a tour of the mansion, be sure to visit from May through August.
The Ghosts At The Benjamin Chew House
According to reports, there were a total of 57 soldiers who lose their lives during the battle. People have reported seeing the ghosts of these soldiers walking around the area. These soldiers were then part of the Continental Army.
How the outside of Benjamin Chew House allegedly looked like during the battle. (Link: https://www.pinterest.ph/pin/609252655810528732/?nic_v1=1aT2eJpPsdscPtFrnamGQ4ROeEDyDeS4fJpdvmTm6iMwqMaRJaUwNqhvwxa6OADNHL)
Another ghost that is said to lurk in the grounds of the Benjamin Chew House belongs to an elderly woman. Allegedly, this woman walks around with no head and she is said to be searching for it. Reports claim that one of the soldiers who haunts the building is responsible for decapitating the old woman. Another report claims that a cannon ball was the reason why the elderly woman was decapitated. There have been numerous claims about the spirit stumbling out of the mansion and into the trees on the side of the home.
A pathway towards the Benjamin Chew House. (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliveden_(Benjamin_Chew_House)
Blood stains are said to be still present in the walls of the Benjamin Chew House so it makes the area all the more eerie.
Some of the preserved items inside the Benjamin Chew House. (Link: https://www.theredheadedtraveler.com/cliveden-historical-house-philadelphia/)