2022 Festival Schedule
See below for activities, times and locations during the festival!
10:00 am - 11:00am: Help set up the replica of General Washington's campaign tent
10:00 am - 10:30 am: Watch the troops perform a drilling demonstration
10:30 am - 11:30am: Learn about the Surprise of Germantown from Tom McGuire
12:00 pm - 12:15pm: Commemoration for those who died during the Battle of Germantown
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Tour Cliveden and hear from British soldiers about their experience of the Battle of Germantown
*Tours are $5 for adults, children free*
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Hear from Elizabeth Drinker about her family's experience during the British occupation
2:30 pm - 3:30pm: Meet Ned Hector, African American teamster
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Help take down the replica of General Washington's replica tent
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm: Moment of remembrance for the lives lost to gun violence in Philadelphia in 2022
5:00 pm: Join Opera on Tap at the Concord School House for The Sound of Revolution: A Celebration of American Classical Music
*Suggested donation: $25*
Visit these sites to explore the diverse experiences of the American Revolution
Cliveden | 6401 Germantown Avenue
- Visit the British soldiers and learn about their experience in the house during the Battle of Germantown - do you want to join their ranks?
- Visit the Continental camp to learn about life during the American Revolution - would you like to join them?
- Meet costumed historical interpreters from the Museum of the American Revolution and explore a replica of the tent that served as George Washington's mobile headquarters during the Revolutionary War
- Learn more about making and caring for clothes in the 18th century with The Heritage Sewing & Skill Building Group
- Enjoy hands-on activities with the sites of Historic Germantown
- Shop 18th century goods with the sutlers
- Food court in the parking lot of Second Baptist Church of Germantown
The ACES Museum pays tribute to minority veterans of World War II. Visit from 12pm - 4pm.
Concord School & Upper Burying Ground | 6309 Germantown Avenue
Tour the site and visit the graves of those who died during the Revolution between 12pm - 4pm.
Deshler Morris House/Germantown White House | 5442 Germantown Avenue
Home to the Washingtons during the Yellow Fever epidemic and British General Howe during the Battle of Germantown. The site will be open for tours from 10am - 4pm.
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion | 200 West Tulpehocken Street
Taste a fall tonic, participate in a scavenger hunt, and enjoy the grounds of this Victorian-era mansion from 12pm - 3pm.
Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust | 6133 Germantown Avenue
Tour the 1770s meetinghouse and hear how Pacifists responded to the call for war.
Grumblethorpe | 5267 Germantown Avenue
Enjoy spending time in the gardens and take a house and garden tour between 12pm - 4pm.
Historic Fair Hill | 2901 Germantown Avenue
Visit this 300 year-old Quaker burial ground from 10am - 3pm.
Johnson House | 6306 Germantown Avenue
Learn about the African American experience during the Revolution and the experience of one local family during the Battle of Germantown. Tours available at 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm.
Lest We Forget Slavery Museum | 5501 Germantown Avenue
Take a tour of the only museum of its kind in Philadelphia that exhibits authentic slavery artifacts.
Wyck | 6026 Germantown Avenue
The site of a field hospital during the 1777 Battle of Germantown, will be open for tour from 12pm - 4pm and will feature a display focused on 18th and 19th century medicine. Come learn about medical history, take a tour, and stay for a picnic!
Participating Historic Germantown Sites
Built as a summer home for the wealthy Chew family, Cliveden was the epicenter of the Battle of Germantown on October 4, 1777. At 10:30 am hear author Tom McGuire tell the story of the Surprise at Germantown. At 1:30 pm listen to Elizabeth Drinker share her feeling about the British occupation. At 2:30 pm, visit with Ned Hector, an African American teamster to learn about African American soldiers during the American Revolution. Talk to soldiers in the British and Continental camps to hear about their experiences during the Revolution. Tours of the Cliveden Main House will be available from 1 pm – 3 pm and the Carriage House will be open throughout the festival.
The Upper Burying Ground, a short walk from Cliveden, is one of Germantown's two oldest cemeteries and a memorial site where fifty-eight Revolutionary War soldiers are laid to rest. Located here is what may be the first memorial to the Battle of Germantown, commemorating the three (named) colonial officers and the six (unnamed) colonial soldiers killed on the day of the Battle of Germantown. An area of modern gravestones placed by the Sons of the Revolution in 2005 memorializes Revolutionary War troops buried in the cemetery with no known locations. Also part of the site is the 1775 Concord School House, one of the oldest surviving school building in the region and a remarkable example of a community-built school dating to the revolutionary era. Open for visits and self-guided tours: noon-4pm. Admission free. Guided tour: 1pm. Reservations not required. Join us for a special event at 5pm: Opera on Tap, "The Sound of Revolution: A Celebration of American Classical Music."
Johnson House was the center of fierce fighting on Germantown Avenue. As Quakers, the Johnsons believed in non-violence. They were “infidel practitioners” and advocates of racial equality. Their home was a refuge and safe place for enslaved Africans on their way to freedom. The Underground Railroad, was a dramatic and effective form of radical protest against a system to enslave Africans for economic profit and to maintain slavery. While the Battle of Germantown raged outside the front door, the family took refuge in the cellar. Their religious beliefs kept them from defending their property when soldiers entered their home to steal food from their kitchen. Scars from the Battle of Germantown are still visible inside the House. During the Battle of Germantown, African Americans and Native Americans served with the Continental and the British forces. Guided tours, African American Soldier Reenactors.
Tours of the Johnson House will be offered at 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm.
In 1683, thirteen Dutch-speaking Mennonite and Quaker families came to what is now known as Germantown. William Rittenhouse, who built America’s first mill for the manufacture of linen based paper, served as this group’s first minister. This is the site of the first Mennonite burial ground (1704), the first Mennonite Meetinghouse (1708), and the first Mennonite baptisms in America (1708). Mennonite theology and conscience contributed to America’s first written petition against slavery, penned in 1688 and sent to the Quaker monthly, quarterly and yearly meetings. Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust cares for the historic 1770 Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse. They preserve the Meetinghouse & cemetery, maintain the nearby buildings and grounds, implement tours, and work with the Germantown community, and other partners. The site will be open 12 pm – 4 pm.
Historic Rittenhouse Town, a National Historic Landmark District, is dedicated to informing the public about the life and times of this early industrial village – America’s first paper mill, founded in 1690. The non-profit organization is committed to the site’s preservation through research, restoration and high-quality educational programming. The art of paper making has been at the heart of Rittenhouse Town for hundreds of years. Its value has continued to be recognized to the present day with frequent workshops and papermaking series dedicated to teaching the public about this fun and simple exercise and its historical context. Rittenhouse Town will have its portable papermaking studio on site to allow those interested to get hands-on experience making paper. The best part is you can take it home when you're done!
Enjoy a taste of a fall tonic used by families in Colonial times to keep children and adults from sickness. Receive a recipe to make this tonic at home using ingredients that are likely in your own home. The Mansion grounds will be open from 12 – 3 pm during which you can try your luck with a scavenger hunt of the garden. You can also receive a prize for taking our Declaration of Independence and/or Emancipation Proclamation Quizzes.
Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm, the site of a field hospital during the 1777 Battle of Germantown, will be open for tours from 12 pm – 4 pm and will feature a display focused on 18th and 19th century medicine during this year's Revolutionary Germantown Festival. Wyck is a National Historic Landmark house, garden, and farm in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia that served as the ancestral home to one Philadelphia family for nine generations (1690-1973). Here, traditional Quaker culture blended with a passion for innovation. The people who lived and worked at Wyck expressed these values through their commitment to education, horticulture, natural history, and preservation. In 2022, this family home still stands alongside the oldest rose garden in the United States, historic outbuildings, a working home farm, and a uniquely authentic collection of family objects. Come learn about medical history, take a tour, and stay for a picnic!
Awbury Arboretum will explore plant use in the 1700s with an emphasis on plants grown or harvested for medicinal purposes. Plants have always played a necessary role in our lives and during Colonial Times, native plants and herbs were the most common treatment for everything from a sore throat to a stomachache to a headache to a rash. As a children's activity, we will also make ink from pokeberries and practice signing our names with quills.
The ACES Museum pays tribute to minority veterans of World War II. Visit from 12 pm – 4 pm and Jump the broom. Jumping the broom is an African tradition from Ghana that continues to this day, and a couple would jump over the broom at the end of the marriage ceremony.
Historic Germantown will host an outreach table celebrating history, nature and culture throughout the 18 site local consortium of Historic Germantown at the 2022 Revolutionary Germantown Festival. This will include a Black Lives in Germantown Quizzo and display highlighting revolutionary citizens in NW Philly past and present.
Open for tours as part of the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, The Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery provides a unique historical perspective into the reality of slavery for Africans brought to America. It is the only museum of its kind in Philadelphia that exhibits authentic slavery artifacts. The museum tears the scab of mystery and shame off the subject of slavery and shines light on the enduring spirit of our African American ancestors and the contributions they have made in the building of America.
Deshler Morris House/Germantown White House | 5442 Germantown Avenue | https://www.nps.gov/inde/learn/historyculture/places-germantownwhitehouse.htm
Twice this house sheltered George Washington. In 1793, he took refuge here from the deadly yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia. The following summer, it was a welcome retreat from the heat of the capital city. Ironically, Washington's nemesis, British General William Howe, occupied this home during the Revolutionary War in October 1777. Also known as the Deshler-Morris House, the home gets its name from its first and last owners. David Deshler built the home beginning in 1752. Elliston P. Morris donated it to the National Park Service in 1948. The site will be open for tours from 10 am – 4 pm free of charge.
Grumblethorpe, the historic home of the Wister family, was the headquarters of British General James Agnew during the Battle of Germantown. The Wister family, as Quakers, stayed out of the immediate conflict by leaving the city during the British Occupation. For this year’s Revolutionary Germantown Festival, come learn about the Wisters, those who could not leave the city, and what life was like during the Occupation of Philadelphia. Grumblethorpe is open from 12-4 PM. Enjoy spending time in the gardens and take a house and garden tour.
Stop by Stenton Museum’s table at Cliveden on October 1st for colonial children’s games, puzzles, and crafts. Stenton is located at 4601 N. 18th Street and is open for guided tours Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4pm. Tours begin on the hour, and masks are required indoors.
Historic Fair Hill is a 5 acre 300 year old Quaker burial ground with surrounding wall murals telling stories of struggles for justice. Leaders of the Underground RR and early women’s rights movement including Lucretia Mott and Robert Purvis are buried here. During the Revolutionary War, the first meetinghouse was used as a field hospital, and both British and Continental soldiers were buried here. Today Historic Fair Hill has literacy partnerships with neighborhood public schools and extensive community gardens. The site will be open 10 am – 3 pm.