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Historic Germantown Visitor Center

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Historic Germantown Visitor Center

The Historical Society’s 50,000 objects, library and archives guarantee a memorable experience. Credit: D. Wisniewski for Visit Philadelphia

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Overview

Germantown’s is a long and interesting story: three-centuries of founding, settlement, tolerance, patriotism, abolitionism, architecture, industry and community service. Find it in the Germantown library and museum collections, a sampling of which will be on display in this red brick building on Germantown’s original Market Square.

Such a visit would whet the appetite for a more comprehensive tour of the other sites and landmarks in Germantown and the nearby communities of Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill. But the Historical Society’s 50,000 objects, library and archives guarantee a memorable experience.

The Museum

The museum highlights the society’s collection of furniture, silver, pottery, porcelain, tableware, kitchenware, needlework, and children’s toys, giving visitors a real idea of what it was like to like in Germantown and how residents worked, relaxed and entertained.

History

When William Penn offered tolerance and refuge, he found some takers in Europe’s German-speaking countries. Frankfort lawyer Daniel Francis Pastorius first settled Germantown in 1683. It was a remarkable place: home to the first written protest against slavery, site of a Revolutionary War battle, and much more. The Germantown Historical Society preserves and interprets it all since 1901.

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5501 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 844-1683
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