HISTORIC GERMANTOWN HAS A RELAXED, BACKYARD FEEL.
BUT OUR HISTORY WASN'T ALWAYS THIS WAY.
IT’S WHERE ONE OF PHILADELPHIA’S REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLES WAS FOUGHT.
WHERE THE FIRST-EVER AMERICAN PROTEST AGAINST SLAVERY WAS WRITTEN.
WHERE A HOUSE ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD STILL STANDS.
WHERE THE STORY OF EVERY KIND OF FREEDOM IS TOLD . . .
. . . IN UNIQUELY PERSONAL TERMS.
JUST MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN PHILADELPHIA.
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.
Visit each of our sixteen historic attractions for just $25 for an individual, or $45 for a family of four. More information
Elephants on the Avenue
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#HGElephants is the official hashtag for the Elephants on the Avenue project
“When there’s an elephant in the room, introduce him” – Randy Pausch
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.
- 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)
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.