Welcome to Upper Germantown. This area runs south from Upsal to Chelten Avenue, which stands as a natural border between Upper and Lower Germantown. Historical houses and landmarks line both sides of the wide avenue.
Here was the heart of the Battle of Germantown. As the British advanced toward Philadelphia they met American resistance here in Germantown. The Battle took place all over the Avenue, even inside houses, such as Cliveden. The Battle was a failure for the Americans and the British took Philadelphia, where they camped for the winter.
Also in Upper Germantown is Rittenhouse Town, the site of the first American papermill, the Johnson House which served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, the first American Mennonite Meetinghouse, and the site on which Charley Ross was kidnapped making it the first such occurence in the United States. Begin the tour in the beautiful residence of Benjamin Chew: Cliveden...