Constructed in 1772 - 1773 as the summer home of David Deshler, a successful Philadelphia merchant. The house served as the headquarters for British General Sir William Howe during the Battle of Germantown in October, 1777. It also served as the official residence of President George Washington during the yellow fever epidemic of 1793. Four Cabinet meetings were held at the house during this time, which included heated debate on the country's position in relation to the war between England and France.
By boothy443 @ 2007-07-14 16:42:10