Get to know Germantown
In the Northwest section of one of the most historic cities in the US, you'll find the Germantown neighborhood, which is home to a community rich in history, culture and inclusiveness. There is a vast array of organizations, groups and institutions that we collaborate with and that are doing phenonemal work to liven and enrich the neighborhood for businesses, residents and visitors to live, work, shop, dine and play.
Many of these organizations host vibrant events open to the public and we invite you to come out to the neighborhood and enjoy yourself.
Get to know some of our partners, their work and the impact they're having in the community and what's happening in Germantown!
Historic Germantown is a partnership organization serving historic sites in Philadelphia’s Old German Township that works collaboratively to preserve its extraordinary historic assets, increase access, interpret them to the public and raise their visibility.
Historic Germantown hosts many events including the Second Saturday Festival and the 16 member historic sites, host events including Revolutionary and Civil War Battle Re-enactments, Juneteenth Festival, weekly Farmers Markets, Ghosts of the Great Road for Halloween, and so much more. Grab a tour, see history come to life and get involved in Freedom's Backyard.
Vernon Park, also known as the Emerald of Germantown is located between Germantown Ave. and Greene Street, just north of Chelten Ave, and is beeautifully maintained by the Friends of Vernon Park. The park contains a variety of buildings and monuments, including the Vernon House, the Wister Mansion, which was built in 1803 by James Matthews. In 2015, Vernon Park underwent $1.2 million of renovations and upgrades including a brand new playground for children and adults. Also in the park, you'll find youth soccer and other activities taking place.The Friends of Vernon Park hosts a weekly live music in the park series in July and August, and also hosts bazaar's in the Spring and Fall. Info: Friends of Vernon Park
The Germantown Artists Roundtable is a network created to support and promote the literary, visual and performing artists of Germantown -past, present, and future-by connecting them to one another as well as the larger community and promoting and preserving their art work.
Germantown Artists Roundtable is a vibrant collection of designers, photographers, musicians, painters, poets, singers, muralists, and much more. The group also supports the art programs of local non-profits, often donating their time and talents to enriching the lives of those who live and visit the community. You'll find many of the members performing at local jazz clubs, and recording studios, and at the many festivals and events held in Germantown throughout the year. Learn more about the art scene in Germantown at: http://www.germantownartistsroundtable.org/.
Tree Germantown, also known as Germantown Tree Tenders is a is a volunteer organization dedicated to restoring and preserving the tree canopy in the historic Germantown. The group is works to increase the number of trees in and outside of the business corridor, and also works with local residents to get trees added to many residential blocks in the neighborhood.
In addition to the work the group does with residents, Tree Germantown also works with many of the "Friends of" programs of several parks throughought Germantown and provides tree tending education to local organizations. Get more information at: Facebook.com/TreeGermantown.
Germantown Community Connection, Inc. is a civic association and registered RCO covering the Germantown neighborhood. Their mission is to investigate, manage, create and build capacity for charitable, educational, cultural, scientific and community planning and activities that impact Germantown’s quality of life.
The group was responsible for obtaining designation for the Germantown neighborhood as a "Classictown". Get to know GCC at: www.gtownconnection.org
Faith Community Development Corporation was founded in 2008, and is located at 108 E Price St in Philadelphia. The organization is the non-religious program based non-profit arm of Faith Chapel. The organization provides meals through its Food Dish program and work-force development and job training to Veterans, Re-Entering Citizens those transitioning from homelessness.
Germantown United CDC is one of many local CDC's in the community working to enrich the lives of residents and visitors. GU CDC works to promote and facilitate the revitalization of Germantown’s business corridors through a sustainable, creative, and community-driven approach to economic development.
GU CDC hosts many events and programs in the neighborhood during the year that are entertaining for the whole family. See what they're up to at: GU CDC.