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    • Kelli McIntyre and Andy Trackman check out walking conditions along Germantown Avenue during a FeetFirstPhilly walk audit.

What a walk along Germantown Avenue reveals: Tough going for pedestrians

Kelli McIntyre stood in light rain on Germantown Avenue, holding a clipboard and watching as car after car ignored a “Do Not Enter” sign and turned up a small street called Ashmead Place. “Somebody just went the…

    • 137-45 Berkley St., the proposed site of a barbecue restaurant

With Wayne Junction's historic district come questions: Some old, some new

For the better part of a century, Wayne Junction was home to dozens of factories and mills. Most of that manufacturing is gone today, and the Philadelphia Historical Commission has just…

    • Garbage is piled in front of an apartment complex in Lower Germantown. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

City seizing blighted Germantown complex owned by nightmare landlord

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is one step closer to seizing – and potentially redeveloping – a few dozen blighted properties once controlled by a powerful, now-defunct social service and housing nonprofit…

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ABOUT GERMANTOWN

Germantown, named for the German immigrants who settled in the area, is a neighborhood in North West Philadelphia. Although the boundaries of the area seem to continually change, at the time of its induction into Philadelphia, the neighborhood spanned from Wissahickon Avenue to Roberts Avenue, and from Wister Street to Stenton Avenue. The history of Germantown is well preserved from the old buildings, which still line the streets today, to the various monuments that pay tribute to the area’s accomplishments. During the Revolutionary War, Germantown’s main street was filled with both American and British soldiers. The battle left 150 American soldiers and 70 British soldiers dead, the skirmish was later named “The Battle of Germantown”. Germantown was also home to George Washington and his family in 1793, as many people were fleeing to the area as an attempt to avoid yellow fever. By the late 19th century Germantown was a huge industrial area, however by 1940’s and 50’s most of the area’s wealthy, affluent citizens left the area for a more sedated life in the suburbs. Today most of the neighborhood’s historical sites have been preserved thanks to efforts from the Historical Society and the National Park Service. Many of the area’s houses and buildings are open to the public or tour groups throughout the year. Visitors will also enjoy the neighborhood’s plethora of natural scenery as well as modern attractions such as shops and restaurants. 

RESOURCES

Discover Germantown

Germantown Community Connection

Germantown History

Greater Germantown Housing Development Corporation

UPCOMING EVENTS IN GERMANTOWN

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