Join us at Historic Rittenhouse Town as part of Parks on Tap, Philadelphia’s traveling beer garden!
Join your colleagues from both APT-DVC and the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance (YFPA) for drinks in Parks on Tap's temporary beer garden, located in Historic Rittenhouse Town. Attendees from our groups will also have exclusive access to tour the Historic Rittenhouse Homestead and Adjacent property.
Parks on Tap provides fresh food, beer on tap, wine, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages in a festive outdoor environment featuring comfortable chairs and hammocks, and clean restrooms. It is a partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy and Avram Hornik of FCM Hospitality that brings a beer garden to various parks throughout the summer. Parks on Tap is an initiative with the city that kicked off in 2016, aiming to engage the Philadelphia community and give back to the neighborhood parks.
Find out more about Parks on Tap here.
Historic Rittenhouse Town is the remains of a thriving early industrial community where the first paper mill in America was built. It began when, in 1687, papermaker William Rittenhouse followed other Quaker and Mennonite families emigrating to the newly formed neighborhood of Germantown (founded in 1683). William partnered with Philadelphia’s first printer, purchased a 20-acre plot of land along Paper Mill Run (a tributary of the Wissahickon Creek) and, with the help of his son Nicholas, built the first paper mill in British North America that otherwise could only be delivered from England. For the next 40 years, the Rittenhouse family were the only papermakers in America.
The Rittenhouse Mill quickly became the heart of this thriving, early industrial community. For eight generations, the rush of Paper Mill Run, the hum of the water wheel, and the clatter of horse hooves echoed throughout this narrow valley cut by the rapidly moving creek. As the first Rittenhouse home, the Homestead would also become among the first permanent home for the Mennonite community.
Find out more about Historic Rittenhouse Town here.