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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

Workshop Series

Next workshop:
November 12, 2016
Coded Language: Bookmaking with Artist Diane Pieri

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 Fundraiser
At Home in the Old German Township

At Home in the Old German Township

October 16, 2016
11:30am - 4:30pm

Register online at

The Old German Township (Germantown, Mt. Airy & Chestnut Hill) is known for its history, diversity and creativity. This tour presented by Historic Germantown and Mt. Airy Learning Tree, offers participants the rare opportunity to see inside a very special array of private houses in Northwest Philadelphia.

Tickets and information: 

$30 advance ticket price
$35 day of tour ticket price

Featured Event
Revolutionary Germantown Festival

Revolutionary Germantown Festival


Friday, September 30 & Saturday, October 1, 2016

FRIDAY, Sept 30  from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Members of the British 43rd Regiment of Foot will “occupy” Grumblethorpe as they prepare for The Battle of Germantown.

SATURDAY Morning, Oct 1, 2016, 8:30 AM muster followed by 9:00 AM march
Our resident occupiers will be joined by even more reenactors as they muster in front of Grumblethorpe for the march up Germantown Avenue to Cliveden to partake in The Battle!

10AM to 4PM

battle reenactments at 12 & 3PM

CLICK HERE for full schedule 

Children's Muster and Kid-friendly activities hosted by Historic Germantown member sites

Vendors, Food Trucks, Beer Garden featuring Victory Brewing Company 

After the smoke clears - 

SATURDAY October 1, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
"THE Party after The Battle"
Following the Battle of Germantown (Revolutionary Germantown Festival), the celebration CONTINUES back at Grumblethorpe: Oktoberfest food, beer, live music, and general jollification with both the Doodles and Red Coats!

Featured Initiative
Sustaining Our Sites Fund

Sustaining Our Sites Fund

Historic Germantown launched the Sustaining Our Sites Fund in 2014 to further the sustainability of member sites and the draw the consortium sites together in shared development. This initiative leverages the power of our collective to establish a fund that will be used for capital improvements and building preservation. Historic sites produce community programming and outreach, but many of our cultural resources are facing disrepair and loss of historic fabric as funding for historic preservation has disappeared. This fund seeks to fill that gap. 

Will you partner with us today to support out efforts?

10% of a proceeds from our annual benefit go toward the Sustaining Our Sites Fund

Please consider making an additional donation to the Fund!

Featured Workshops
Preservation Workshops for Homeowners

Preservation Workshops for Homeowners

at Historic Germantown
5501 Germantown Ave.

Two low-cost workshops, offered in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy

Thursday, September 29 - Wood Window Repair & Maintenance

Thursday, October 6 - Masonry & Pointing

presentations begin promptly at 6:30
$5 each, register online or pay at the door

ticket price may be waived on request - all are welcome

call 215-844-1683 for more information



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