Germantown Old Time Neighborhoods, Villages and One-Man Towns: A Gazetteer, Summer 1985


“As the German village slowly grew into a town and then into a suburb and eventually submerged its identity, at least in part, in the City of Philadelphia, a number of smaller communities came into being within its boundaries, flourished for a time, more or less, and ultimately disappeared. Some of these, especially with colorful names like Dogtown, Smearsburg and Beggarstown, still arouse curiosity. Others like McNabbtown, Little Britain and New Jersualem, survive in old-timers’ vivid reminiscences of fifty to seventy-five years ago.”

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