Revolutionary Germantown Festival
A special day to discover America’s history along Germantown Avenue
October 6, 2012
You are never far from history when in Germantown, one of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods. However, it is on full display during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, a day-long festival that celebrates the rich history of Germantown and features the annual reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia.
Escorted bus and walking tours make getting around simple while special programs at ten historic sites throughout the community provide something for every size and taste.
Learn the inside stories of some of Philadelphia’s most important colonial landmarks: put your hand to colonial paper-making techniques at Historic Rittenhouse Town; try out some early American toys at Upsala; and “meet” British General Howe at the Deshler-Morris House, his one-time war headquarters. The historic re-enactment of the 1777 Battle of Germantown takes place at Cliveden.
In addition to Rittenhouse Town, Upsala, the Deschler-Morris House and Clivedon, you’ll visit the Concord School and Upper Burying Ground, where soliders and officers are buried; Grumblethorpe, site of one of the battle’s legendary death scenes; The Johnson House, which showcase the role of African-Americans in the Revolutionary War; and two of the cities most famous colonial houses, Stenton and Wyck.
There is fee for entry and parking may be limited. It is recommended that visitors consider taking public transportation to Germantown Avenue for the festivities.
Experience incredible battle reenactments at Cliveden starting at noon and 3 p.m. After the dust settles, end the day at Grumblethorpe’s Oktoberfest celebration from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
4601 N. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140
In the neighborhood
Museums & Attractions
5501 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144
- Awbury Arboretum
- Hidden City Festival
- Germantown White House (Deshler-Morris House)
- The Johnson House Historical Site, Inc.
- The Village of Arts and Humanities
- Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion and The Grange Estate
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