Rich in history, this beautiful red brick federal style home dates back to 1790. Known as the Samuel Clement House, it’s included in the National Register of Historical Places. Built for a wealthy merchant this home played an important role in the underground railroad. It has been featured in several magazines for its beautiful English gardens and Christmas tours.(Please see the attached articles) As you enter the grand foyer you will be greeted by soring 14 ft ceilings. Pumpkin pine floors and extensive crown molding grace the entire home. Restored to it’s elegant 1820 decor it features 10 fireplaces. The largest is a walk-in located in the kitchen. 3 large bedrooms, a den and 2 baths make up the second floor. On the 3rd floor is a grand area used for parties or as a meeting room. This room features twin fire places and a large window where lanterns were used to guide escaping slaves to safe passage. Outside the home are the stunning English gardens full of perennial flowers. Brick pathways lead you the gazebo and koi pond. The home includes a full basement and gas heat. There is additional shared parking at the rear of the property. The home will be selling as is Make your appointment today and take a step back in time.Amy Hester Reckless (1793-1881) Enslaved and mistreated by Robert Gibbon Johnson’s family at 90 Market, Amy ran off with her child to Philadelphia becoming a founding member of the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society and working with the predominantly-black Female Vigilant Association.Reckless was not only concerned with freeing women from slavery, but from sexual exploitation as well. In 1845, she and Hetty Burr co-founded the Moral Reform Retreat to shelter women victims of vice . It was the only shelter for African American women in Philadelphia.After Johnson died in 1850, Amy returned to Salem residing here (15 Market) at the home of Eliza Clement, the wife of Abigail and Elizabeth Goodwin’s half-brother Samuel. She continued her anti-slavery activities, working with Abigail Goodwin (47 Market) to support freedom seekers. She returned to Philadelphia living with her daughter till her death.
Updated on September 2, 2022 at 7:24 pm