Exclusively Dutch during its early founding, Germantown became known for its influx of German settlers in the mid 1800?s. There a lot of historical sites to see here, including the Vernon House, Winston Commons, and famous battle site of Grumblethorp. Close to Fairmount Park, Wissahickon Valley begins near Germantown and has exciting alpine-like nature trails that twist around thousands of acres of land, some interceding with Fairmount. This is just another example about how everything in Philadelphia is somehow connected and easily accessible by foot or train. You would also be lucky to visit Germantown in October, because October 6th celebrates the founding of the quiet and quaint town. It is often referred to as ?German-American? day in the rest of the United States; however you can be sure the celebration will be anything other than quiet!