Revolutionary Germantown Festival
A special day to discover America’s history along Germantown Avenue
Saturday, October 4, 2014
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
Schedule of Events
Kicking off at 10 a.m., stroll Germantown Avenue to take in encampments at Cliveden, historic plants at Awbury Arboretum, colonial dress-up at Stenton, and more at each site.
Other activities include walking tours, the chance to meet Revolutionary War hero Ned Hector — who stood down Redcoats attempting to cross the Brandywine River — and a bell-ringing ceremony at the Concord School House.
As the focal point of the festival, hundreds of costumed soldiers and actors playing notable colonial figures will 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.
Hungry? Food vendors and a beer garden will be stationed at Upsala, directly across the street from Cliveden.
Later in the day, head to Grumblethorpe, a Colonial German homestead where British General James Agnew succumbed to gunshot wounds, to take part in its Oktoberfest celebration from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Toast to the day with German food, beer, house tours, cider-pressing and more.
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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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In the neighborhood
Museums & Attractions
206 Lincoln Dr.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
- Germantown White House
- Awbury Arboretum
- Historic Germantown Visitor Center
- Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
- The Johnson House
Historic Site, Inc.
- Juneteenth Festival
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