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Chestnut Hill, Germantown, Mt. Airy

Chestnut Hill, Germantown, Mt. Airy
Chestnut Hill, Germantown, Mt. Airy

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This area is east of Fairmount Park in the northwestern part of Philadelphia, and includes Chestnut Hill, Germantown, Morton, Mount Airy, Wister, West Oak Lane, and Cedarbrook.

Chestnut Hill is an affluent area situated along Germantown Avenue in the northwestern part of the city and is an official Historic District, with more than 100 architecturally significant residences, parks and gardens, the Woodmere Art Museum, and the Morris Arboretum. There are also hundreds of boutique shops, art galleries, antique stores, cafes and fine restaurants.

The Germantown area of Philadelphia was originally settled by Dutch and German immigrants and is rich in historic sites and buildings, a number of which are open to the public. Its Colonial Germantown Historic District includes 60 historically-designated buildings, including the Deshler-Morris House, Grumblethorpe, an important site during the Battle of Germantown, John Johnson House, Upsala, Vernon House, Winston Commons, and Wyck House. Unfortunately, however, much of the area is now fairly run down.

There is no official boundary between Mt. Airy and Germantown, with either Johnston Street or Washington Lane considered the distinction. The area is frequently cited as one of the first successfully integrated neighborhoods in America. It is currently predominantly African-American with 68% of the population, while Caucasians make up 27% and about 5% other races including a large Jewish community.

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