The Germantown Museum

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Test your Knowledge of Germantown History

 

1.  Who was Francis Wright?   
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2.  What does the Chickasaw word "Nashoba" mean and why is it important to Germantown?  
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3.  In what contest did Eppy White defeat Davy Crockett on White's Germantown property?    
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4.  When was Germantown formed?  
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5.  Where did Germantown get its name?  answer

 

6.  The name of Germantown was changed from Germantown once and then changed back again.  What was it changed to and why?  
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7.  What was the "plank road" and what did it connect?  
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8.  What was the only church in Germantown that was not burned during the Civil War?
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9.  What is the oldest house in Germantown still standing?    
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10.  Can you identify these artifacts?


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4.  When was Germantown formed?

 

Germantown was formed in 1841.

The first residents of Germantown arrived in the 1820s, and with their settlement came the first churches, schools, and shops. In those early days, Germantown was known as Pea Ridge, named for the strip of land that divided the area from north to south and eventually became the railroad line. In 1825, the area took on the name Nashoba. By the 1830s, settlers began to gravitate to the still-developing area. Many of those settlers were of German origin, the possible inspiration for the name today. Incorporated in 1841, Germantown was literally on a roll with the opening of its railroad in 1852. After surviving both the Union army's occupation of the town during the Civil War, and the temporary loss of its charter during the yellow fever epidemic, Germantown settled into a peaceful hamlet occupied by more horses than people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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