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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.

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    Visit each of our sixteen historic attractions for just $25 for an individual, or $45 for a family of four. More information

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Featured Program
Elephants on the Avenue

Elephants on the Avenue

 


Art+History+Engagement:
Workshop Series


Next workshop:
Germantown Gospel: Poetry, Story Circle & Paper Fan Making
with Poet Yolanda Wisher


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 Event
Germantown Second Saturday Festival

Germantown Second Saturday Festival

Meet your neighbors and celebrate our community with Historic Germantown and Germantown United CDC, as we kick-off the Second Saturday series, when all 16 Historic Germantown sites are open monthly, and highlight the many thriving cultural, civic and business activities that make Germantown an exciting place to live and visit.

Featuring:
- A special dance performance by BalletX, Philadelphia's premier contemporary ballet!
- Live Music
- Food Trucks
- Art & Craft Marketplace
- Historic Re-enactors
- Family Friendly Programs
- Free Bus Tours to Historic Germantown Sites
(register for bus tours in advance at freedomsbackyard.com)

Featured Partnership
New Youth Initiative

New Youth Initiative

 

In workshops with Philadelphia Poet Laureate, Yolanda Wisher, participating students will explore Germantown's past and present through tours, geocaching, photography, storytelling, and creative writing.


Piloted with students from Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice - Culture Keepers will build their leadership, teamwork, technical, and creative skills as they facilitate and digitally record community dialogues and write poems and performance pieces.

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