Germantown, the site of the first permanent settlement of Mennonites in America, has been called "The Gateway of American Mennonitism," through which most North American Mennonites have symbolically passed. Thirteen Dutch Mennonite families led the way when on October 6, 1683, they arrived in Philadelphia on the ship, the Concord. In 1707 Palatine Mennonite families followed, uniting with the Germantown congregation. In 1708 they erected a log meetinghouse and during the same year celebrated the first baptisms and communion in America. The present Meetinghouse replaced the first in 1770.
In 1688 the first protest against slavery in America was signed by four Germantowners, three of whom had Mennonite roots. The table on which the document was signed can be seen in the Historic Mennonite Meetinghouse.
Tours of the Historic Mennonite Meetinghouse are available by appointment. Contact us at 215-843-0943 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your visit.
Facility Amenities: Gift Shop
General Information: Hours: Tours available by appointment., Open Year-round