Grumblethorpe Tenant House

Grumblethorpe Tenant House, also known as the Tenant House of Wister's Big House, is a historic home located in the Wister neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was built about 1744, and expanded in the early 19th-century. It is a 2 1/2-story, stone dwelling, 31 feet square. The original house was one-story, 19 feet wide by 28 feet deep. It was originally built as a dependency to John Wister's summer home, Grumblethorpe.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1] It is a contributing property of the Colonial Germantown Historic District, which has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Grumblethorpe Tenant House
Grumblethorpe Tennant
Grumblethorpe Tenant House, March 2010
Grumblethorpe Tenant House is located in Philadelphia
Grumblethorpe Tenant House
Grumblethorpe Tenant House is located in Pennsylvania
Grumblethorpe Tenant House
Grumblethorpe Tenant House is located in the United States
Grumblethorpe Tenant House
Location5269 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°1′56″N 75°10′8″W / 40.03222°N 75.16889°WCoordinates: 40°1′56″N 75°10′8″W / 40.03222°N 75.16889°W
Arealess than one acre
Builtc. 1744
NRHP reference #72001156[1]
Added to NRHPJune 19, 1972


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes Fran Deutsch (January 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Grumblethorpe Tenant House" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-03.
Colonial history of the United States

The colonial history of the United States covers the history of European colonization of America from the early 16th century until the incorporation of the colonies into the United States of America. In the late 16th century, England, France, Spain, and the Netherlands launched major colonization programs in America. The death rate was very high among those who arrived first, and some early attempts disappeared altogether, such as the English Lost Colony of Roanoke. Nevertheless, successful colonies were established within several decades.

European settlers came from a variety of social and religious groups, including adventurers, farmers, indentured servants, tradesmen, and a few from the aristocracy. Settlers included the Dutch of New Netherland, the Swedes and Finns of New Sweden, the English Quakers of the Province of Pennsylvania, the English Puritans of New England, the English settlers of Jamestown, Virginia, the English Catholics and Protestant non-conformists of the Province of Maryland, the "worthy poor" of the Province of Georgia, the Germans who settled the mid-Atlantic colonies, and the Ulster Scots people of the Appalachian Mountains. These groups all became part of the United States when it gained its independence in 1776. Russian America and parts of New France and New Spain were also incorporated into the United States at various points. The diverse groups from these various regions built colonies of distinctive social, religious, political, and economic style.

Over time, non-British colonies East of the Mississippi River were taken over and most of the inhabitants were assimilated. In Nova Scotia, however, the British expelled the French Acadians, and many relocated to Louisiana. No civil wars occurred in the thirteen colonies. The two chief armed rebellions were short-lived failures in Virginia in 1676 and in New York in 1689–91. Some of the colonies developed legalized systems of slavery, centered largely around the Atlantic slave trade. Wars were recurrent between the French and the British during the French and Indian Wars. By 1760, France was defeated and its colonies were seized by Britain.

On the eastern seaboard, the four distinct English regions were New England, the Middle Colonies, the Chesapeake Bay Colonies (Upper South), and the Southern Colonies (Lower South). Some historians add a fifth region of the Frontier, which was never separately organized. A significant percentage of the Indians living in the eastern region had been ravaged by disease before 1620, possibly introduced to them decades before by explorers and sailors (although no conclusive cause has ever been established).

Germantown, Philadelphia

Germantown is an area in Northwest Philadelphia. Founded by German Quaker and Mennonite families in 1683 as an independent borough, it was absorbed into Philadelphia in 1854. The area, which is about six miles northwest from the city center, now consists of two neighborhoods: 'Germantown' and 'East Germantown'.

Germantown has played a significant role in American history; it was the birthplace of the American antislavery movement, the site of a Revolutionary War battle, the temporary residence of George Washington, the location of the first bank of the United States, and the residence of many notable politicians, scholars, artists, and social activists.

Today the area remains rich in historic sites and buildings from the colonial era, some of which are open to the public.


Grumblethorpe, in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was the home of the Wister family, who lived there for over 160 years. It was built in 1744 as a summer residence, but it became the family's year-round residence in 1793. It is a museum, part of the Colonial Germantown Historic District.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Northwest Philadelphia

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Northwest Philadelphia.

This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The locations of National Register properties and districts for which the latitude and longitude coordinates are included below, may be seen in a Google map.There are 562 properties and districts listed on the National Register in Philadelphia, including 67 National Historic Landmarks. Northwest Philadelphia includes 72 of these properties and districts, including 6 National Historic Landmarks; the city's remaining properties and districts are listed elsewhere. One site is split between Northwest Philadelphia and other parts of the city, and is thus included on multiple lists.

William Newport Goodell

William Newport Goodell (1908–1999) was an American artist, craftsman, and educator. He was born August 16, 1908 in Germantown, Philadelphia and briefly attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), including its country school in Chester Springs, studying under Pennsylvania impressionist Daniel Garber and noted academician Joseph Thurman Pearson, Jr., before opening his own studio on Germantown Avenue in 1929.

Between 1930 and 1949 Goodell was represented via jury or invitation in a range of major annual and special exhibitions on the East Coast and won several cash awards and purchase prizes, including the First Hallgarten Prize at the National Academy of Design annual exhibition in New York in 1933. He also exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., the Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y., the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the PAFA, and Woodmere Art Museum, among other notable venues.

During the 1940s, Goodell served with Pearson on the Woodmere Art Museum's "very vigorous exhibition committee", and for several years as a member of the exhibition committee of the Fellowship of the PAFA. He was described as one of a handful of “important young Pennsylvania artists” in a Works Progress Administration state guide.

Wister, Philadelphia

Wister is a neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It is bounded by Chelten Avenue to the north, Germantown Avenue to the west, Belfield Avenue to the east, and Wister Street to the south.

Wister is a section within Germantown.

The Clarkson-Watson House, Fisher's Lane, Grumblethorpe, Grumblethorpe Tenant House, and Ivy Lodge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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