Germantown: Keeping the History Alive

Germantown: Keeping the History Alive

From England to Philadelphia to Germantown: A Lineage As the Stackhouses look over their flourishing Germantown garden, a small woodpecker stops to perch on a birdhouse nearby. Rare birds and hungry squirrels wander in and out with grace, careful not to disturb any of the family’s four cats that sun in the yard daily. A […]

 By Natasha Shapiro and Niambi McDonald

Germantown: Francis Daniel Pastorius, the Founder of Germantown

Germantown: Francis Daniel Pastorius, the Founder of Germantown

The fact that a German immigrant founded Germantown may seem common knowledge, but the various layers of Francis Daniel Pastorius’ legacy are often overlooked. While a monument in honor of Pastorius is positioned along Germantown Avenue in Vernon Park for many to see, less well-known symbols of his importance can be found at the German […]

 By Jennifer Lee

Mount Airy: A Famous Baker From the Revolutionary War

Mount Airy: A Famous Baker From the Revolutionary War

Located at 6671 Germantown Ave., St. Michael’s Lutheran Church has been around the community since 1728. St. Michael’s has a large gravesite that is occupied by historic figures, such as Major James Witherspoon from the Revolutionary War; five unidentified veterans of the Revolutionary War; Christopher Ludwick, the baker general for the Continental Army; and a […]

 By Max Webber and James Riggio

Germantown: Author Celebrates All-Black Civil War Camp

Germantown: Author Celebrates All-Black Civil War Camp

Germantown residents and visitors were privileged to learn about the stalwart black troops who trained nearby. The free event “Saluting Camp William Penn,” which took place in the parlor of the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, opened the floor to author Donald Scott. He presented a slideshow and lecture on the history of Camp William Penn, the […]

 By Lisa Wilk

Mount Airy: Trolley Car Diner Brings Local Community Together

Mount Airy: Trolley Car Diner Brings Local Community Together

The Trolley Car Diner was transported by truck 10 years ago from Wilkes Barre, Pa., to its current site in Mount Airy. Owner Ken Weinstein was able to find a vacant Roy Rogers site along Germantown Avenue for the diner’s newest location. “There used to be five original diners in Wilkes Barre and we took […]

 By Keisha Frazier

Germantown: Grumblethorpe’s Garden Welcomes a Hoop House

Germantown: Grumblethorpe’s Garden Welcomes a Hoop House

Behind the 18th century home of merchant John Wister and his family exists a garden, a weather station, a bee house and most recently, a hoop house. The hoop house, or high tunnel, was given to Grumblethorpe from Penn State as an effort to promote horticulture and healthy eating. Headed by Professor William Lamont of […]