The New York Times “Frugal Traveler” Visits Germantown Avenue For An Off-The-Beaten-Path History-Themed Weekend

Now on the National Register of Historic Places, Germantown Avenue's Wyck House was an 18th century 50 acre farmstead settled by Quakers. (Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Philadelphia is known for its rich history, but the beacons of that storied past are most commonly the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the like.

Today’s New York Times “Frugal Traveler” piece expands the lens through which travelers often see Philadelphia history, making a fun (if eccentric) weekend out of visiting the two-mile strip of Germantown Avenue, which runs through the Germantown and Mount Airy neighborhoods.

The writer notes that you can visit a series of fascinating well-preserved houses, for $5 each, like the Johnson House — a stop on the Underground Railroad in the 1850s — and the quirky Wyck Historic House and Garden — an 18th-century property on land inhabited by nine generations of the same Quaker family.

The article also calls out nearby noteworthy lunch spots like the Rib Cribs, Sister Muhammad’s, and McNally’s Tavern, home of the Citizens Bank Park Schmitter sandwich.

According to the journalist’s “frugal traveling” expertise, out-of-towners can make a $50 day trip out of visiting the Germantown area and locals can pick up a $15 passport to see all the attractions around ($25 for a family of four).

It’s great to have a spotlight shone on some of Philadelphia’s more off-the-beaten-path deeply storied neighborhoods; the flavor of each enhances the all-around vibrancy of this city.

Off the Beaten Path, History in Philadelphia [New York Times]


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  1. Great to see Philly history being appreciated outside of our fair city. For another way to show Philly history some love is at the Chadds Ford Historical Society! We have an exhibit opening May 20th: Wood, Woods and Wood Workers with drinks provided by Victory Brewing Co. Hope to see you there!

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