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    •  Philadelphia is planning to redevelop the Maplewood Mall in Germantown. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

$3.3M Maplewood Mall remake to break ground in 2019

On a typical day, the intersection of Germantown and Chelten bustles with life as shoppers weave from stores to sidewalk, and  honking cars navigate traffic. But turn the corner, and you…

    • Germantown Boys and Girls Club

Historic Germantown Boys and Girls Club spared wrecking ball

High atop the municipal building at 1515 Arch Street on Tuesday morning, the long battle over the future of the Germantown Boys and Girls Club appeared to end in détente. For…

    • 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…

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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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