Revolutionary Germantown Festival
A special day to discover America’s history along Germantown Avenue
October 5, 2013
History goes on full display during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, a day-long festival that celebrates the rich history of the historic neighborhood. The celebration features costumed characters, live music, food and drink culminating with a reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia.
The festival events are centered at Cliveden, the summer home of the Chew family and the location of General George Washington’s failed attempt to liberate Philadelphia from British control in 1777. The festival extends to many other nearby sites, too, including Concord School & Upper Burying Ground, The Germantown White House, Johnson House Historic Site, Germantown Mennonite Meeting House and Grumblethorpe, all on Germantown Avenue.
Take a walking tour and meet Revolutionary War hero Ned Hector, who stood down Redcoats attempting to cross the Delaware River, then quench your thirst at the Upsala beer garden.
The highlight of the festival features hundreds of costumed soldiers and actors playing notable colonial figures as they reenact one of the Revolutionary War’s most memorable battles, the Battle of Germantown.
The battles will take place on Cliveden’s grounds (6401 Germantown Avenue) at noon and 3 p.m. Also on site at Cliveden, in the sutler’s grove, you can try an 18th century shopping experience featuring books, “simples” and military equipment.
Admission is free, but parking may be limited. It is recommended that visitors consider taking public transportation to Germantown Avenue for the festivities.
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