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2019 Revolutionary Germantown Festival and Battle Reenactment

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Colonial history comes alive at the Revolutionary Germantown Festival and Battle Reenactment on October5, 2019 around the Cliveden Mansion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., visit Historic Germantown sites, watch two battle reenactments of the Battle of Germantown, and enjoy a day of fun, food, and history in your backyard! After the battle, visit Historic Grumblethorpe for the Battle Bash from 4:00-8:00 p.m. – the annual after Battle party filled with food, music, and reenactors. Admission is FREE and includes activities for visitors of all ages.

Revolutionary Germantown Festival and Battle Reenactment

One day in history, the Revolutionary War turned Cliveden into a bloody battleground for General George Washington’s colonial soldiers as they battled the British in the fight to liberate occupied Philadelphia. Honoring this significant moment in history dates back to a Centennial Celebration held at Cliveden in 1877. Today, the Revolutionary Germantown Festival is a unique celebration in the city that gave the world the Declaration of Independence, keeping the tradition alive, attracting over 5,000 visitors each year with a day of family entertainment and reenactments of the Battle of Germantown. Come join us for the annual Revolutionary Germantown Festival and Battle Reenactment at Philadelphia’s largest one-day history festival on the first Saturday of October.!

Free Admission – Rain or Shine

Revolutionary Germantown Festival Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Battle of Germantown Reenactments at 12:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Revolutionary Germantown Festival and Battle Reenactment Mini-Gallery

Schedule of Events

At Grumblethorpe and Cliveden Mansion (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, Hands On Activities with Philadelphia Guild of Hand Weavers, Ned Hector, African-American Soldier & Teamster, Mini-Museum presented by Noah Lewis, Food on Germantown Avenue, Beer Garden at Upsala with beer by Victory 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
  • 10:30 AM: Rededication of Monument at the Site of the Continental Army Encampment of 1777 by Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution and its Color Guard (Queen Lane and Fox Streets)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 3:45 PM Flag Folding Ceremony with Saving Hallowed Ground
  • 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM: The “Battle Bash” at Grumblethorpe, 5267 Germantown Avenue. Join the British troops as they celebrate their victory with music, food, beer provided by Evil Genius Beer Company, and plenty of family-friendly activities. 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.

Location
Cliveden Mansion
6400 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Public Transportation: Germantown Avenue is accessible by the 23, XH, and H bus routes, and the Chestnut Hill East and West Regional Lines. Visit http://septa.org/index.html for schedules and route information.

Parking: Germantown Avenue will be blocked off during the festival between Upsal and Johnson Streets. Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods on a first come, first serve basis.

For More Information: cwallace@cliveden.org 215-848-1777