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About Germantown


Nestled in the northwest section of Philadelphia, Germantown is a neighborhood steeped in history, well known for its historical attractions. In addition to the neighborhood’s extraordinary historic houses, destinations, and museums – from the first-ever American protest against slavery to a key battle site during the American Revolution – Germantown is also home to a rich arts community and cultural scene. 


Many businesses, small shops, and restaurants line the neighborhood’s main streets. Just six miles from Philadelphia City Hall, this neighborhood has a character that is completely its own. 

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Germantown’s accessibility is a major attraction for businesses, residents, and visitors alike. All of the community is within a ten-minute walk to one of three SEPTA train stations that provide service to Center City Philadelphia and the surrounding region. Additionally, nine bus routes offer increased mobility to more specific locations throughout the region. Visit to explore travel options to Germantown.

SEPTA Train Stations 

with access to the business district

Chelten Avenue Station | 359 W Chelten Ave

This station is served by: Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail


Germantown Station | 150 E Chelten Ave

This station is served by: Chestnut Hill East Regional Rail


Wayne Junction Station | 2129 Windrim Ave

This station is served by: Airport Line Regional Rail, Warminster Line Regional Rail, West Trenton Line Regional Rail, Lansdale/Doylestown Line Regional Rail, Chestnut Hill East Line Regional Rail, Fox Chase Line Regional Rail

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Mailing Address
Germantown United CDC
5219 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Germantown Avenue, also known as "The Great Road," follows an Indian path from the Delaware River.
The first written protest against slavery was written in 1688 at the corner of Germantown Ave & Wister St.
Pioneering free jazz musician Sun Ra moved his band The Arkestra from New York City to Germantown in 1968 and never left.
Germantown was an independent municipality until 1854, when it became part of the City of Philadelphia.
During the Philadelphia Yellow Fever Epidemic in 1793, President George Washington and his cabinet moved to Germantown.
Germantown Avenue is part of the Colonial Germantown National Historic District, the longest National Historic District in the U.S.


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