Philadelphia's colonial history comes alive throughout the region. Familiar sites like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall
or Betsy Ross's House are a short trip away in Center City. Germantown is about geographically center in the metropolis that
is today's Philadelphia. Like many other outlying villages, Germantown now lies within Philadelphia's city/county limits.
NEARBY HISTORIC SITES:
This early Georgian (1723-1730) brick house on a three-acre site in Germantown, was designed and built by William Penn's secretary,
James Logan. Furnishings include many Philadelphia-made Logan family pieces belonging to the first three generations who lived
4601 North 18th Street
Tues - Sat 1 - 4pm
Maria Dickinson Logan donated her family home, Loudoun, and its contents to the City of Philadelphia in 1939. The 1801 house
is an excellent example of Federal Style architecture with later Greek Revival additions. Fairmount Park completed an exterior
restoration following a disastrous fire in the early 1990s and is currently under interior restoration to be adaptively reused.
Loudoun Park is 1 block away across the street
4650 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Hood Cemetery - Lower Burying Ground
This elaborate arching gate is at the entrance to the lower burying ground, a half-block to the north.
In 1692 Leonard Arets set aside by deed a half-acre of ground for burial purposes for Lower Germantown. Here among the
old trees, rose bushes, and weathered stones lie 41 soldiers who fought in the Revolution and soldiers from War of 1812, the
Seminole War, Mexican War, and Civil War. William Hood, a Germantown resident, gave the money for the front wall and gate
in exchange for being allowed to select his own burial spot near the entrance.
Tours arranged through the Germantown Historical Society
Site of First Anti-slavery Meeting by White Settlers in
At Germantown Avenue and Wister Street, about 3 blocks north of here, a historic marker stands on the site of Thones Kunders's
house, the site of the first meetings of the Society of Friends in Germantown. And it is where the first protest against slavery
in the New World was signed in 1688.
A copy of the protest is in the Germantown Mennonite Meeting House. Written by Francis Daniel Pastorius, who struggled
with the English since his native tongue was German, and signed by him, Garret Hendericks, Derick up de Graeff and Abraham
up Den Graef, the protest opposed the importation, sale, and ownership of slaves. The protest contains powerful statements
of this sentiment such as, "...we shall doe (sic) to all men like as we will be done ourselves; making no difference
of what generation, descent or colour they are."
Built in 1744 for wine importer John Wister, Grumblethorpe was the home of Philadelphia's prominent Wister family for more
than 160 years. A prime example of domestic Germantown architecture of the period, construction is dressed Wissahickon stone
and oak from Wister's lands. Today, Grumblethorpe's restoration to a 1744 appearance includes period furnishings and a beautiful
colonial herb and vegetable garden.
5267 Germantown Avenue
Open by Appointment with the
Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks
Dating back to the 1690s, Wyck has served as home to nine generations of the Quaker Wistar and Haines family. Today this wonderful
colonial house, with its noteworthy 1824 alterations and historic interiors and gardens, provides a detailed glimpse into
a past way of life. Featuring 18th and 19th century original family furnishings within, the distinctive grounds include early
outbuildings that were part of Wyck's farm, and feature a nationally known garden of old roses growing in their original plan
from the 1820s.
6026 Germantown Avenue
Tues, Thurs, Sat 1 - 4 pm
Built in 1773 by merchant David Deshler, the house was occupied by the British army during the 1777 Battle of Germantown.
It became know as the "Germantown White House" when it served as the site for President Washington's cabinet meetings in 1793.
Washington fled the Yellow Fever in 1793, then returned with his family to escape the summer heat of the city in 1794.
Museum operated by the National Park Service
Call for current hours and tour information: 215-596-1748
The Johnson House
Built in 1768, the Johnson House served as a station stop on the Underground Railroad during the 1850s. The Quaker Johnson
family sheltered fugitive slaves on their third floor. Today, the Johnson House is the only accessible and intact Underground
Railroad site in Philadelphia.
6306 Germantown Avenue
Thurs, Fri 10 am - 4 pm Sat 1 - 4 pm
Free Library of Philadelphia
Germantown: Joseph E Coleman Branch
68 W. Chelten Avenue
Mt. Airy: Lovett Memorial Branch
6945 Germantown Avenue
Chestnut Hill Branch
8711 Germantown Avenue
ALL 3 BRANCHES have internet access available
with time reservations. Street
parking at each branch,
most with meters.
Germantown Historical Society
Exhibits and lectures on Germantown's fascinating 300-year history provide visitors with an overview and context for experiencing
the area's historic sites. The extensive library and archives feature local history and include collections from the Ebenezer
Maxwell Mansion and the African-American Genealogy Group. This important resource also features a photograph and glass plate
negative collection, plus a gift shop with works by local artists.
5501 Germantown Avenue
Museum and Library
Tuesday, Thursday 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm
Visitors Center and Gift Shop
Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday 1 - 5pm
MORE GERMANTOWN HISTORIC SITES:
CLIVEDEN - Home to 7 generations of the Chew family, now operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Site of
Revolutionary Battle of Germantown. Annual battle reenactment in early October - Revolutionary Germantown.
UPSALA - Across street from Cliveden
CONCORD SCHOOL & UPPER BURYING GROUND - Concord School is Philadelphia's only 18th century one-room school, next to
the Upper Burying Ground where several officers and soldiers are buried.
EBENEZER MAXWELL MANSION - The only authentically restored Victorian house museum and garden in Philadelphia. 215-438-1861
HISTORIC RITTENHOUSE TOWN - Site of North America's first paper mill. 215-483-5711