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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Getting There

Philadelphia is about 140 miles north of Washington on Interstate 95. The Germantown section of Philadelphia is north of downtown. Public transit from central Philadelphia to Germantown and Haverford is available via the regional SEPTA rail line (information at 215-580-7800, http://www.septa.com).

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Where to Stay

Burbridge Street B&B (6324 Burbridge St., 215-843-0886, http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/pennsylvania-philadelphia-burbridgestbb.html) charges $90 for rooms with a shared bath and breakfast in a Victorian townhouse about a mile walk to the Mennonite meeting house.

Chestnut Hill Hotel (8229 Germantown Ave., 215-242-5905, http://www.chestnuthillhotel.com) is a 32-room property one mile north of the Mennonite meeting house. Rooms from $169, with breakfast.

Where to Eat

Geechee Girl Rice Cafe (6825 Germantown Ave., 215-843-8113, http://www.geecheegirlricecafe.com) showcases West African-inspired cooking blended with Chinese, Thai and other international influences.

North by Northwest (7165 Germantown Ave., 215-248-1000, http://www.nxnwphl.com) is a hipster storefront restaurant, bar and nightclub not far from Chestnut Hill Hotel.

What to Do

To see the Germantown Protest letter, contact John F. Anderies, at the Haverford College library, to set up a visit during business hours (610-896-2948 or e-mail janderies@haverford.edu).

The Germantown Protest table is on view the third Saturday every other month (the next date is May 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.) at the Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust meeting house (6133 Germantown Ave., 215-843-0943, http://germantownmht.mennonite.net). To arrange visits at other times, contact program director Christopher Friesen. Free. One mile south of the Mennonite meeting house is Freedom Square, an urban strip mall where the Thones Kunders house once stood. There is an outdoor monument and historic marker at Germantown Avenue and East Wister Street.

-- R.L.


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