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  • Awbury Arboretum

    A wee bit of England transplanted to Germantown

    Awbury Arboretum

    The entrance to Awbury transports visitors from city streets into a country retreat that’s the largest remaining oasis of open space in Germantown. Trails weave through 55 acres landscaped in the English romantic style, with open meadows, ponds, woods and rolling hills.

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  • Cliveden

    A grand Germantown mansion with a fascinating — and bloody — history

    One of the most lavish mansions of its era, Cliveden is stocked with furniture and artifacts designed to evoke Colonial times.

    Now a six-acre oasis in the middle of a bustling Philadelphia neighborhood, Cliveden was an estate in the suburb of Germantown built just before the Revolutionary War by the Chew family. One of the most lavish mansions of its era, Cliveden is stocked with furniture and artifacts designed to evoke Colonial times.

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  • Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

    A Germantown Victorian mansion of the upper-middle and upper class

    Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

    The simplicity of Philadelphia’s Quaker background was no match for the excess of the Victorian era. Built in 1859 by an up-and-coming clothing merchant, Germantown’s Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is classic Victoriana.

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  • Fingerspan

    1987 by Jody Pinto

    The Fingerspan Bridge in the Wissahickon

    Ready for a more rugged hike? In the Wissahickon section of Fairmount Park, the “Form and Function” program commissioned a bridge that resembles a human finger, complete with a “nail” at one end. With this steel span across a picturesque gorge, artist Jody Pinto hoped to make hikers feel a literal connection between the human body and the natural world.

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  • Grumblethorpe

    John Wister’s 1740’s Germantown summer home and orchard

    Grumblethorpe

    John Wister, a German immigrant who built his own fortune, practically invented the American dream — and you can see it all in Grumblethorpe, his Germantown mansion.

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  • Juneteenth Festival

    Annual festival in Historic Germantown celebrating African American freedom

    Germantown is an apt place to celebrate the end of slavery.

    June 17
    Historic Germantown celebrates Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, with its seventh annual Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 17.

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  • Mt. Airy Street Fare

    Now known as Supper Sessions on the Avenue

    Sip, savor and stroll down Germantown Ave. during Mt. Airy Street Fare.

    Sip, savor and stroll your way through Mt. Airy during Street Fare, an evening of food and fun along Germantown Avenue.

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  • Revolutionary Germantown Festival

    A special day to discover America’s history along Germantown Avenue

    Revolutionary Germantown Festival celebrates the rich history of the Germantown neighborhood and features the annual reenactment of the Battle of Germantown.

    Saturday, October 7, 2017
    Revolutionary Germantown Festival celebrates the rich history of the Germantown neighborhood and features the annual reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia.

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  • Stenton

    William Penn’s powerful agent-secretary, James Logan, made Stenton his country seat

    Stenton was one of the grandest houses of its time.

    Ben Franklin thought it was worth the trip to Germantown’s Stenton, one of the grandest houses of its time. Original hardwood floors, enormous multi-paned windows, 18th-century furniture, huge fireplaces, icehouse and a barn with pre-industrial agricultural tools can be found on a tour of the early Georgian-style estate of James Logan, secretary to Pennsylvania founder William Penn.

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  • Supper Sessions on the Avenue

    Bringing delicious alfresco eats to Germantown Avenue every Tuesday in September

    Supper Sessions on the Avenue brings delicious alfresco eats to the 7100 block of Germantown Avenue every Wednesday in September.

    Tuesdays in September 2017
    Dine in the middle of Germantown Avenue during Supper Sessions on the Avenue, bringing delicious alfresco eats to the area every Tuesdays in September.

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  • The Johnson House
    Historic Site, Inc.

    Germantown’s vital stop on the Underground Railroad

    Constructed in 1768, the Johnson House in Germantown was owned by four generations of the abolitionist Johnson family.

    It’s easy to imagine 19th-century freedom fighters Harriet Tubman and William Still meeting at this Quaker home in Germantown, owned by four generations of the abolitionist Johnson family.

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  • Valley Green Inn

    Philadelphia’s last remaining roadhouse

    The Valley Green Inn is one of the most beloved places in Fairmount Park.

    A leafty retreat set in Fairmount Park along the banks of the Wissahickon Creek

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  • Wyck

    The Quaker way of life preserved for 300 years in Germantown

    Duck into the partially hidden garden along busy Germantown Avenue for a 2.5-acre oasis of color and scent at the historic Wyck House and gardens.

    Duck into the partially hidden garden along busy Germantown Avenue for a 2.5-acre oasis of color and scent at Germantown’s historic Wyck House and gardens. You’ll be whisked back to the Colonial and Victorian eras as you walk through the rose garden, vegetable garden, lawns and other plantings, many of which are direct descendents of the original 19th-century plantings.

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