6140  Germantown Avenue
Johnson/Peterson House, also known as Rose Cottage
Shoemaker Collection, folio 23: "Mrs. Marion Y.
Peterson's Home. S Cor Germantown Road & W. Tulpehocken St."
(photograph with text, dated 1890, before second three-story
The property was in the hands of Aret Klinken and his descendents
in the Johnson and Fallon families from 1687 until 1873. A log cabin and a two-story house stood on
the site as early as 1687.
This two-story stone house was built by Anthony Johnson for his
son Klinken sometime between 1791 and 1823. After 1846 John
Fallon, who married Susan Johnson, opened up Tulpehocken Street
and began to sell the property off in lots. Fallon also erected
the Germantown Water Works office on
this site (torn down in 1894).
Mrs. Marion Y. Peterson purchased the house sometime before 1873
and made extensive renovations. Other owners have included, in
1906, Walter Keeler and later a Miss Massey (who called the house
The house was demolished some time before 1940. A gas station and then a Kentucky Fried
Chicken have since stood on this site.
- GHS: Box 11, envelope 2, #58: "Massey House, S.W. corner
Germantown Ave. & Tulpehocken St. Rear View" (print from Glass
Negative for "Spaces & Places" exhibit, 1980 shows all the
alterations and additions made by 1894).
- GHS: Jellett, Edwin C. "Germantown Historical
Miscellany," p. 330 (photograph).
- GHS: Keyser, Naaman. Manuscript Notes for v. 2 (north of
Chelten), History of Old Germantown, p. 52 (unpublished typewritten
- GHS: Photo Box 1, p. 109, Collection of Edwin C.
Jellett: "Rose Cottage, formerly at south corner of Germantown
avenue and Tulpehocken street (photograph taken from across the
street, showing part of the Tulpehocken theater marquee).
- GHS: Photo Scrapbook 2(2), pp. 109-112: (text and two photographs).
- GHS: Photo Scrapbook 5:
- p. 10: "Rose Cottage" (the same photograph as
found in Photo Scrapbook 2 at the GHS).
- p. 55: "Southwest Corner Germantown Avenue and
Tulpehocken Street" (same photograph as found in Box 11, envelope
2, #58 at GHS).
Franklin Fire Insurance Policy 0 13581, for Fallon at 6156
Germantown Avenue is probably for this address since 6158 was the
number for the Germantown Water Company office.
- HSP: Shoemaker Collection, folio 23: "Mrs. Marion Y.
Peterson's Home. S Cor Germantown Road & W. Tulpehocken St." (photograph and manuscript text,
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