Celebrating the 236th anniversary of the Battle of Germantown on a weekend that marks 330 years since the neighborhood’s founding, the Revolutionary Germantown Festival organizers invite children and adults alike to absorb history firsthand this upcoming weekend.
Events range from the interactive to the pedagogical, including puppet shows, exhibits and, of course, reenactments.
The festival also offers historically-minded adults a chance to relax in two separate beer gardens, one in Upsala (during the day) and one on the grounds of Grumblethorpe following the day’s activities.
Following is a list of events throughout the day, organized by location:
Cliveden Grounds6401 Germantown Ave.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.Eighteenth-century shopping experience in the Sutler’s Grove featuring books, ‘simples’ and military equipment.View the “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness?” exhibit in the Carriage House visitor center.
10 to 11:45 a.m., 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m.Tour the interior of the Chew House ($2 per person, children 8 and under are free).
10:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.Discuss “The Surprise of Germantown” with author Thomas J. McGuire.
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.Performances by MacGregor Pipe Band.
12 to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.Reenactments of the Battle of Germantown.
Upsala Grounds6430 Germantown Ave.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.A beer garden for adults and children’s activities with the Historic Germantown sites, including hands-on projects
10 a.m. and 11 a.m.Hear from Gen. George Washington about the Revolution and the Battle of Germantown.
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.”Jump Da Broom” ceremony with ACES Museum.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Kids can join the Revolution at the Children’s Muster.
2:30 p.m.Learn about the Revolution from Ned Hector, an African American teamster who participated in the Battles of Brandywine and Germantown.
Concord School and Upper Burying Ground6309 Germantown Ave.
2 p.m.Listen to the ringing of the Concord School bell. Upper Burying Ground Graveside Ceremony.
Grumblethorpe5267 Germantown Ave.
4:30 – 7:30 PMOktoberfest featuring music, German food, beer, tours and more.
For more information, go to the Revolutionary Germantown Festival’s website.