Germantown Menonite Historic Trust

Cause Area

  • Faith-Based



Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust is to protect and maintain the 1770 Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse, a significant symbol of the first permanent Mennonite settlement in North America, and to interpret and share the history, faith and witness of Mennonites in Germantown from 1683 to the present.

We fulfill this mission by preserving the Meetinghouse & cemetery, maintaining the nearby buildings and grounds, and offering tours, exhibits, publications, curricula
and public programs.


Open to the public by appointment and every second Saturday of the month April through October, the historic 1770 Mennonite Meetinghouse serves as a touchstone for anyone interested in colonial America and the lives of the new immigrants who together made up William Penn's "holy experiment" of religious tolerance.

Visitors can learn about Anabaptist history and theology as well as the changes to the site over time, which reflect changing attitudes and worship practices of Mennonites. In addition, visitors can see the table upon which the first written protest against slavery in America was signed, and learn about connections to other significant Germantown historic sites.

Throughout the year, we offer personalized group tours and special interpretive programs for the public


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