Historic Grumblethorpe, a.k.a, John Wister's Big House was built in 1744, and was quartered during the Revolutionary War. The House, Gardens, Education & Grumblethorpe Youth Volunteers (GYVs) programming make it a vibrant asset to the community. The first Saturday in October is always our big Grumblefest event- a party not to miss! Visit Grumblethorpe throughout the year by appointment. The house is open for tours: May-October on the Second Saturday of the month from Noon - 4PM; Farm Stand Saturdays: Memorial Day-Labor Day 9:30AM-1:30PM.
Germantown was an independent municipality until 1854, when it became part of the City of Philadelphia.
The first written protest against slavery was written in 1688 at the corner of Germantown Ave & Wister St.
Pioneering free jazz muscian Sun Ra moved his band The Arkestra from New York City to Germantown in 1968 and never left.
Germantown Avenue, also known as "The Great Road," follows an Indian path from the Delaware River.
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.