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Germantown

The Germantown area of Philadelphia is one of Philadelphia's oldest settlements. It was originally settled by german speaking émigrés from Holland, Germany and Switzerland attracted to Philadelphia by William Penn

At a Glance

BOUNDARIES

Boundaries as follows: “The neighborhood of Mount Airy lies to the northwest, Ogontz and West Oak Lane to the northeast, Logan to the east, Nicetown-Tioga to the south, and East Falls to the southwest. The majority of Germantown is covered by the 19144 zip code

TRANSPORTATION

Septa Bus Line 23, 26, 53, 65, H, XH, J, K

LINKS

FURTHER READING

Overview

Germantown lies to the northwest of Philadelphia. Originally founded by Quaker settlers, the overall aesthetic of the homes are of the Dutch Colonial style.

When Philadelphia was occupied by the British during the American Revolutionary War, several units were housed in Germantown. In the Battle of Germantown, in 1777, the Continental Army attacked these British units. While the Americans sustained heavy losses, the fervor of the Americans helped influence the French to recognize the new American nation.

President George Washington rented the Deshler-Morris House in Germantown to escape the central city and the yellow fever epidemic of 1793. The first bank of the United States was also located in Germantown during his administration. Germantown is home to many of the city’s historic 18th and 19th century homes originally built as suburban retreats for rich Philadelphians.

At present, the Germantown area is eying a giant boom in commercial growth, which has been spurred on by redistricting, rezoning and efforts from the historical society. You won’t have to look hard to find that little nook of a home that’s right in the center of everything; and that home is sure to have plenty of old time character.