The annual Revolutionary Germantown Festival was recently announced. It will take place on Saturday, October 5, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Cliveden, located at 6401 Germantown Ave. between Johnson and Cliveden Streets.
Cliveden, a National Historic Landmark, saw intense fighting on October 4, 1777, during the Revolutionary War Battle of Germantown. On the Cliveden grounds General Washington’s Continental Army battled the British in the fight to liberate occupied Philadelphia. Honoring this significant moment in history dates to a Centennial Celebration held at Cliveden in 1877.
Today, in collaboration with other nearby Historic Germantown sites, including ACES Museum, Awbury Arboretum, Concord School, The Germantown White House, Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust, Germantown Historical Society, Grumblethorpe, Historic Fair Hill, Historic RittenhouseTown, Hood Cemetery, Johnson House, La Salle Art Museum, Stenton and Wyck House and Gardens, the Revolutionary Germantown Festival is a unique celebration of family entertainment and reenactments of the Battle of Germantown.
Event highlights include live presentations of the Surprise of Germantown narrated by author Tom McGuire, special guest reenactor Ned Hector, African American teamster who participated in the Battle of Brandywine and the Battle of Germantown, and special guest reenactor General George Washington presenting a narration about the Revolutionary War for independence and his experience at the Battle of Germantown at 11:00 am. Reenactments of the Battle of Germantown will take place at 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm, and tours of the interior of the Chew house will be available.
Other activities include a Suttler’s Grove where merchants offer colonial replica crafts and souvenirs, children’s activities, a beer garden, food trucks and vendors. Additionally, there will be a bell-ringing ceremony at the Concord School House, and an Oktoberfest celebration at Grumblethorpe, a Colonial German homestead where British General James Agnew succumbed to gunshot wounds. Oktoberfest at Grumblethorpe will take place at 5267 Germantown Ave. from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p..m following the events at Cliveden.
Cliveden and Historic Germantown work together in partnership to produce the Revolutionary Germantown Festival to provide knowledge and educational resources to help preserve Germantown’s historic sites, interpret them to the public, and incorporate them into the life of the local community.
For more information about the festival and events, visit www.revolutionarygermantown.org.