Set in lovely gardens, which are open year-round, Wyck was the ancestral home of a Germantown family between 1690 and 1973. The house was renovated by William Strickland (architect of the Second Bank of the US and the Merchants’ Exchange) in 1824 and is furnished with many original family belongings.

Its rose garden, the oldest such garden in its original plan in the US, is planted with 50-plus cultivars of heritage roses.

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1. Johnson House

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This stone 1768 house, which sports scars from the Battle of Germantown, was built by the Johnsons, a Quaker family who were supporters of abolishing…

2. Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

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This stone Victorian Gothic mansion sits in a neighborhood that still looks pretty much as it did in the last half of the 19th century. Inside, the 17…

3. Historic Germantown

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Pick up leaflets, maps and an admissions passport (individual/family $25/45) covering 16 of Germantown's historic attractions at this information center…

4. Germantown White House

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5. Cliveden

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Home to the prominent Chew family for over 200 years, this 1767 Georgian house and estate was a key location in the Battle of Germantown in 1777. Every…

6. Grumblethorpe

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Built in 1744, this colonial stone home exemplifies Germantown's residential architecture of the time. It was constructed for the prominent Wister family…

7. Historic Rittenhouse Town

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For over 200 years eight generations of the Rittenhouse family lived and worked in this historic village along the Monoshone and Wissahickon Creeks. Tours…

8. Wissahickon Valley Park

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Covering 2042 acres, this beautiful, wooded park follows the Wissahickon Creek from its confluence with the Schuylkill River up to the city's northwest…