Learn about Germantown

A vital melting pot of many different peoples, all colors, all economic levels, all creeds has in the 21st century emerged from the small band of German Crefelders and Quakers and Mennonites who settled the German Township in 1683. Looking for economic opportunity and religious liberty, these creative, determined individuals and families who lived first in caves along the Wissahickon Creek forged a community that, over the years, has grown into the three distinct neighborhoods of Germantown, Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill. National trends, movements, events are all reflected in the history of the German Township. History looms large in Germantown: In 1688, four Quakers wrote a Protest Against Slavery that set the tone for tolerance in this amazing community; Cliveden of the National Trust is the site of the Revolutionary Battle of Germantown; the Deshler-Morris House is the site of George Washington’s Germantown White House; RittenhouseTown is the site of the first paper-making in North America; Johnson House is a site of the Underground Railroad.

Germantown’s people are proud of its history and at the same time work every day to be sure their neighborhood and its residents forge a future that everyone can participate in. They enjoy a remarkable collection of architecture from 18th century restorations to Victorian mansions to 20th century worker housing. They revel in the diversity of its people and natural surroundings. Community associations invite participation. The Friends of Fernhill Park help care for multiple tennis courts. Centrally located Vernon Park is the site of community festivals. An active, vibrant art community dates back many years. Men Who Care organize to help young people in the area. The Women’s Revitalization Program builds affordable housing. Germantown United Community Development Corporation works tirelessly with the commercial community. There is even an FM radio station, GTown Radio, dedicated to life in Germantown. And there are so many more. Bounded at the west end by the Wissahickon creek and surrounding parkland and trails, Germantown stretches east to the 56 acre Awbury Arboretum and LaSalle University both of which complement the electric urban feel of the neighborhood.

Population: 43,329
Public Transportation: Several bus routes including the historic #23 and two SEPTA commuter rail lines give easy access to anywhere
Schools: Lingelbach, Fitler, John. B. Kelly, Wister public schools, Masterman Charter School, Germantown Friends School, Greene Street Friends School, The Waldorf School, LaSalle University
Distance from Center City Philadelphia: Approximately 8.8 miles
Distance from King of Prussia: 15.8 miles.

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