Chestnut Hill: Four Things That Make This Community Special

Germantown Avenue, AKA Main Street of Chestnut Hill.

Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood in Philadelphia that houses a unique community. It’s historical significance and abundance of green life makes it a great place to live and visit.

Within the town are shops such as boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and antique shops. There are countless things to see and do, so here are five attractions worth visiting when traveling through the area.


Morris Arboretum

The Morris Arboretum is an historic public garden and educational institution. Walking around, visitors can learn about nature and view the extensive plant and tree collection. The Arboretum features many different sites and trails to explore and is a great attraction for any nature enthusiasts.

antique shop

Lavender Hill Home

In the heart of Chestnut Hill’s business district is a small antique shop called Lavender Hill Home. The shop has everything from jewelry and decorations to home furnishings.

“People come here because there’s a lot of variety,” said shop owner Richard Martinez (above). “It’s not just antiques. It’s new. It’s old. There’s a little bit of everything.”


The Stagecrafters Theater

The Stagecrafters Theater is a semi-professional theater that has been around since 1929. The theater stages five theatrical productions per season. In the upcoming months, they will be showing plays such as “The Late Christopher Bean,” “The Country Girl” and “Trouble in Mind.”


Chestnut Hill Gallery and Frame Shoppe

Chestnut Hill is also home to many art galleries, including the Chestnut Hill Gallery and Frame Shoppe. The gallery features art from many different artists, including new ones who are trying to establish themselves.

“I think it’s really important to see local artists, especially ones in your own community,” said gallery associate Katie Rauth. “Keeping arts thriving in communities, I feel like, is what draws people to come back.”

The gallery houses a new exhibit every two months, where guests can enjoy wine and appetizers while also meeting the featured artists.

– Text and images by Chelsea Titlow and Bob Methlie

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