October 2, 2012
The Revolutionary Germantown Festival Returns Saturday, October 6 Featuring An Epic Battle Reenactment, Walking Tours, Oktoberfest Celebration And More
Once again, hundreds of costumed soldiers and actors as notable colonial figures will reenact one of the Revolutionary War’s most memorable battles, the Battle of Germantown, as the focal point in a day-long celebration.
The festival is centered at Cliveden, the summer home of the Chew family and the location of General George Washington’s failed attempt to liberate Philadelphia from British control in 1777, as well as other nearby sites including Concord School & Upper Burying Ground, The Germantown White House, Johnson House Historic Site, Germantown Mennonite Meeting House and Grumblethorpe, all on Germantown Avenue.
The battles will take place on Cliveden’s grounds (6401 Germantown Avenue) at noon and 3 p.m. Also on site at Cliveden, in the sutler’s grove, you can try an 18th century shopping experience featuring books, “simples” and military equipment. Food vendors will be stationed at Upsala directly across the street
Other activities include walking tours, a performance by the Give and Take Jugglers, the chance to meet Revolutionary War hero Ned Hector who stood down Redcoats attempting to cross the Brandywine River, a bell-ringing ceremony at the Concord School House and more.
Plus: Grumblethorpe, a Colonial German homestead where British General James Agnew succumbed to gunshot wounds, will host an Oktoberfest celebration from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Toast to the day with German food, beer, house tours, cider-pressing and more.
Check out a handy map of all of the Historic Germantown sites, below.
2012 Revolutionary Germantown Festival
When: Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Along Germantown Avenue; battle takes place at Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Avenue; Oktoberfest takes place Grumblethorpe, 5267 Germantown Avenue
More info: www.revolutionarygermantown.org