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Explore Freedom's Backyard

Historic Germantown is a partnership of 16 extraordinary historic houses, destinations, and museums in Northwest Philadelphia that have joined together to protect, preserve, and share some of Philadelphia's prized historical assets. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and  Instagram.

Featured Program
Elephants on the Avenue

Elephants on the Avenue

Workshop Series


Final workshop:
May 13, 2017
Workshop with Artist Ben Volta
at Historic Germantown

Click here for a full calendar of events

Read more about Elephants on the Avenue; Race, Class & Community in Historic Germantown

#HGElephants is the official hashtag for the Elephants on the Avenue project

“When there’s an elephant in the room, introduce him” – Randy Pausch

Featured Project
Stormwater Management Project

Stormwater Management Project

Join our GO FUND ME campaign to raise money to help defray the cost of trees, plants and shrubs to be installed in the courtyard and in a new rain garden in our parking lot.

The groundbreaking of the project will occur in April 2017.  We need to raise $2500 for plant material by May 1, 2017.


Any amount contributes to our fundraising goal!

Featured Partnership
Community Writer's Series

Community Writer's Series

Complementing the author event, Historic Germantown is offering two special tours of the Deshler-Morris House (5442 Germantown Avenue), where Ona Judge was enslaved in the Washington household in the early 1790s.

Tours step off at 5:30 pm and 6 pm and capacity is limited to 10 people per tour.

Both tours are fully registered


The Friends Free Library Community Writers Series invites you to a special evening featuring
Author of Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017, AT 7 P.M.
Friends Free Library at Germantown Friends School,
5418 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, 19144

Our Sponsors
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Philadelphia Cultural Fund Freeman’s Auctioneers & Appraisers Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Ernst Brothers Sherwin-Williams PWP Video Hayden Real Estate Investments Samuel S. Fels Fund National Penn Bank Cheshire Law Group Bowman Properties Loretta Witt Kurtz Construction Company