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Information about Germantown, PA :
Germantown was originally the Borough of Germantown, a town in Philadelphia county, Pa., and is today a neighborhood in the Northwest philadelphia section of the city of Philly, about six miles northwest from the center of the city. The neighborhood is rich in historic sites and buildings that have been preserved. Many of these are open to the public.
Germantown stretches for about two miles along Germantown Avenue northwest from Windrim and Roberts Avenues. The boundaries of Germantown borough at the time it was absorbed into the city of Philly were Wissahickon Avenue, Roberts Avenue, Wister Street, Stenton Avenue and Washington Lane. The next neighborhood to the northwest, Mount Airy, starts around Johnson Street, though there is no universally recognized exact boundary.
Germantown, as with all areas of Philadelphia, is zoned to schools in the School District of Philadelphia Germantown High School is in Germantown.
Germantown is the location of the private Germantown Friends School as well as Greene Street Friends School. (A third Quaker school, the William Penn Charter School, is in adjacent neighborhood East Falls. The Pa School for the Deaf currently inhabits the land that formerly housed Germantown Academy, which moved to Fort Washington, Pennsylvania in 1965.
Notable Historic Sites
- Barron House
- Cliveden, the estate of Benjamin Chew, an important site during the Battle of Germantown
- Concord School
- Deshler-Morris House
- Ebeneezer Maxwell House
- Gilbert Stuart Studio
- Germantown Cricket Club
- Green Tree Tavern
- Johnson House
- Vernon Park
- Mennonite Meetinghouse
- Rittenhouse Town
- The Connie Mack House
- Louisa May Alcott, (1832-1888), born in Germantown, noted author of the Little Women series of books
- Martin Grove Brumbaugh, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1914-1919
- James Barron, naval hero
- Chubby Checker, singer known for popularizing the dance called "The Twist" with the 1960 song of the same name
- Benjamin Chew, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania
- Charles Darrow, inventor of Monopoly game
- Nelson Graves, Philadelphian cricketer died in Germantown in 1918
- Connie Mack, winningest manager in Major League baseball history
- Rufus Harley, jazz musician
- Bernard Hopkins, professional boxer
- James Logan, statesman
- George T. Morgan, former chief engraver at the United States Mint
- Francis Daniel Pastorius, Leader of Germantown settlement
- Sun Ra, surrealist and musician
- Edmund Randolph, the first United States Attorney General
- Gilbert Stuart, painter
- G. Love, born Garrett Dutton III the front man of the band G. Love and Special Sauce
- Charlotte Wardle Cardeza (née Drake), Titanic Passenger