Oktoberfest at Grumblethorpe!

End your festival day at Grumblethorpe for a traditional Oktoberfest. Music, German food, beer, house tours, and more.

Built in 1744 as a country summer home by wine importer John Wister, Grumblethorpe was originally known as "John Wister's Big House" because it had multiple stories. Built from stone quarried on and oak cut from the Wisters' extensive property, the house is a prime example of domestic Pennsylvania German architecture of the period. Intended as a summer retreat, the house was occupied also in winter in the year 1793 when the Wister family sought refuge from the yellow fever epidemic raging in Philadelphia. In the early 19th century, Charles Jones Wister I, grandson of John, made it his year-round residence. The family retained ownership until the 1950's.

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  • michael b

    We're here! Look for the dude with the dark blue wide brim hat on.

    October 5, 2013

  • michael b

    The 2 locations are 1.3 miles apart on Germantown Ave, so walking is an option. Septa's 23 bus runs up & down Germantown Ave. as well - have singles or tokens to ride.
    For the "battle" I usually park in the 'hood on W Johnson St. For the Oktoberfest, use good judgment and park close to Grumblethorpe if possible.
    Hope that helps!

    October 5, 2013

    • Lori

      Yes thank you! Unfortunately I have to head home today so can't make it. If I get back early enough I'll try to make the movie event.

      October 5, 2013

  • Lori

    Considering doing both events but where would I park?

    October 3, 2013

  • michael b

    Did I mention that the beer is free? You pay for a platter of food if you're hungry, but every year I've gone to this event, they've poured gratis.

    September 17, 2013

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