in the December 1909 Philadelphia Suburban Life describes
Germantown as the "leafy suburb."
Bought in 1683 for the German settlers in the neighborhood of
Philadelphia, it was incorporated as a borough in 1689.
It's destiny was made known then that it was to provide homes for
prosperous Philadelphians when they began
to feel the crowding effect of congested city life. It's
rich historical interest makes it the forerunner of all the suburbs,
because age has dignity of character. Germantown still is a
great park, now given up to homes of magnificence and luxury, though it
has never sacrificed its natural adornments. It will resist for
many years the inroads of crowding population!
It will but link the primitive past to the prosperous future!