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Revolutionary Germantown Festival

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Revolutionary Germantown Festival is a neighborhood-wide event honoring the legacy of the Battle of Germantown. The Battle was the first planned attack by the American army during the Revolutionary War and aimed at liberating Philadelphia from British control. (Learn more here). Eleven of Historic Germantown’s sites were involved in the October 4, 1777 Battle, with Cliveden as the main stage. The tradition of remembering the Battle through reenactment dates to the 150th anniversary in 1927, where people dressed in their ancestors’ clothing to show their connections to the historic event. Today, the festival tells the diverse stories of everyone involved, from General George Washington, to Ned Hector, an African American Patriot teamster, and even the pacifist Quakers who got caught in the cross-fire. The Revolutionary Germantown Festival has programming for all ages. Click here for the full itinerary. This event is free and open to the public as an effort to engage the neighborhood in its own profound history.

Schedule of Events

At Grumblethorpe and Cliveden (subject to change)

8:30 AM muster, followed by 9 AM March: The British 43rd Regiment of Foot, along with other units of the Crown Forces as well as the Continental Line, will perform a muster on the grounds of Grumblethorpe (5267 Germantown Avenue) followed by a march up the avenue to Cliveden (6401 Germantown Avenue) to begin the battle!

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Encampment and Sutlers, Sidewalk Activities,  Ned Hector, African-American Soldier & Teamster, Mini-Museum presented by Noah Lewis,  Food on Germantown Avenue, Beer Garden at Upsala with beer by Attic Brewing Company, Children’s activities with the sites of Historic Germantown at Upsala

10:00 AM: Meet George Washington

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Cliveden museum open for tours (*$2)

10:45 AM: Surprise of Germantown narrated by Tom McGuire at Cliveden

11:00 AM:  Presentation by George Washington at Upsala

11:30 AM: Performance by MacGregor Pipe Band

12:00 PM: Battle of Germantown reenactment

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Visit the storyteller for 18th-century tales

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Cliveden museum open for tours (*$2)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Children’s Muster at Upsala

1:45 PM: Surprise of Germantown narrated by Tom McGuire at Cliveden

2:30 PM: Presentation by Ned Hector, African American Revolutionary War soldier at Upsala

2:30 PM: Performance by MacGregor Pipe Band

3:00 PM: Battle of Germantown reenactment

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Oktoberfest at Revolutionary Germantown at Historic Grumblethorpe, 5267 Germantown Avenue. Join the British troops as they celebrate their victory with live music from local Germantown artists, food, and more. Patriots welcome!

Around Historic Germantown (subject to change)

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Visit the Germantown White House (Deshler-Morris House 5442 Germantown Avenue; enter at 5448 Germantown Avenue), the house that British General Howe occupied after the battle. General Washington stayed here in the 1790’s when he was President. Admission is free.

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Visit Germantown Mennonite Meeting House, 6133 Germantown Avenue, the 1770 meetinghouse offers free tours.

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Visit the Johnson House, 6306 Germantown Avenue, a home that was a station on the Underground Railroad.

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Visit Wyck, 6026 Germantown Avenue. Built in 1690, this home was used as a hospital during the Battle of Germantown.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Graveside ceremony at Concord School and Upper Burying Ground, 6309 Germantown Avenue. Listen to the ringing of the Concord School bell.

Venue

Cliveden
6401 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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