Located near the Mississippi River along the historic Chickasaw Indian trails, Germantown was settled around the railroad depot. Watch for markers illustrating original buildings and sites.
Observe the replicas of howitzer cannons at Fort Germantown, and imagine 250 Union Army troops using the smoothbore weapons from an earthwork fortification. The cannons mark one of a series of Union forts, built to guard the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. Fort Germantown is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
With class acts such as jazz and tenors, international influences and performing luminaries, Germantown Performing Arts Center, is known for bringing excellence to the community through arts education and orchestras. Join us for a performance you’ll remember. In September, enjoy a free weekend at Germantown Festival for arts and crafts, rides, games, live entertainment and fantastic food.
Take a break and enjoy some world-famous, Memphis-style barbecue at Germantown Commissary, named after a small country store that served Germantown for more than 90 years.
With more than 700 acres of land for recreation, Germantown has two dozen parks, sports complexes and other green spaces. You’ll find athletic fields and courts, picnic places, walking and biking trails and playgrounds. We have bike lanes, allowing cyclists and autos to coexist on the road. The fishing is fine, too, with more than 30 lakes and ponds with bream, bass and catfish. Don’t miss our natural areas such as Bobby Lanier Farm Park, a 10-acre working farm with community garden, children’s programming, farmers market, live music, cooking demonstrations, garden talks, farm animals, garden tours and storybook walks. Visit Wolf River Nature Area, a 70-acre preserve that offers a river’s edge experience.
Music aficionados relish symphony performances. Both riders and onlookers enjoy the Germantown Charity Horse Show, the town’s longest-running event.