The Beautiful City of Germantown, TN
Germantown, Tennessee is an adorable city and one of the most populated municipalities in Tennessee, United States of America. The first settlers of the City located along Cherokee Trace which is about 16 miles east of Mississippi River, arrived in 1825. More settlers began to enter the area and by 1830, the first store was opened. Germantown borders the town of Collierville, TN.
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In 1833, the area was named “Pea Ridge”. In the following year, Surveyor N.T. German laid the town lots for the emerging utopian community. Since the community was largely dominated by Germans who were the original and first residents of the place, it was rechristened as Germantown in 1836.
Germantown became an incorporated settlement in 1841 and a Railroad was constructed along the settlement. Since then, the community began to witness tremendous development. However, Germantown suffered a disastrous setback due to the yellow fever outbreak that almost swept the community away.
Germantown was briefly changed to an Indian name called “Neshoba” meaning “Wolf” during the World War I. The Town rebounded slowly; destroyed structures and institutions were rebuilt gradually—churches, hospitals and schools resurfaced again.
Citizens and social organizations played an active and indispensable role in the development of Germantown. They cooperated with the government to build a desired city. The result of their collective effort is a Germantown TN which is now a foremost city, habitable, serene, hospitable and safe for all to live in.
There are three major historical sites in Germantown City;
The Old Germantown
This is where the first settlers of the City stayed; a high ground clustered around the Railroad depot. It was constructed in 1948 to replace the original one built before 1868. It has now become a home to Germantown Train Museum.
This replicates the Howitzer cannon marks where 250 Unions fighters constructed artificial defense taken as part of the ways of protecting Railroad during the historic Skirmish. The historical site is located at Honey Tree Drive, off of Poplar Pike and it is properly documented in the U.S list of Historic Places.
John Gray House
This is one of the oldest Shelby County’s brick homes. Under the control and administration of Historic Commission, the House is opened to visitors several times in a year.
The City has a total population of 40, 123 with the largest percentage of people being between the age of 45 to 54 while the second largest of percentage falls within the age range of 55 to 64. The 2010 U.S Census put the median age at 45.7 years old. The census also reports that there were 14,760 households in Germantown, Tennessee with an average size of 2.6 people in each household. It has a total housing units of 15, 534 with 94.4% occupancy rate; 84.1% are occupied by owners, 15.9% occupied by renters. It has a per capita income of $53,919, being the highest in all the municipalities in the State while the median household is $154,163. Germantown has a first-class and revered rating from the duo of Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s.
- Germantown has 27 parks in a range of trek-able distance of each residence. It has an estimated 700 acres of parklands and another 12 miles of greenway for same purpose and neighborhoods.
- Germantown has a community library built in 1996.
- There is also the Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC), an acoustically-perfect 800-seat theatre, which features famous artists globally.
- In addition, the sports organization of the City which has indoor athletic complex which seats on 118,000 square foot was officially dedicated for use in 1989 and improved on in 2003 to include outdoor activities.
- Another great amenity in Germantown city is the Great Hall and Conference Center which is very wide property that is ideally used for ceremonies of all kinds; weddings, receptions, conferences and meetings.
Germantown operates a Mayor-Alderman system of government. The Mayor and the other five aldermen are elected for four-year tenure and work on part-time basis. They serve as both the legislative and executive organs of the City. While the mayor serves as the chief administrative officer, the oversight daily activities are performed by a professional city administrator appointed by the mayor and approved by the council. The present Mayor of Germantown, Mike Palazzolo was elected in November 2015 for a four-year tenure. At least, 200 citizens voluntarily participate as members of board and commissions annually in running the affairs of the City. Their duties include organizing special events, identifying opportunities and challenges and making recommendations in the interest of the community.