Sommerhausen, Germany and Francis Daniel Pastorius

The town hall and sign for the Gasthaus Zum Ochsen

The charming hamlet of Sommerhausen, Germany has a wall, towers, a castle and many very old houses nestled between steep slopes covered with vineyards and the Main River. The town is also home to the man who established Germantown, Pennsylvania.

Birthplace of Francis Daniel Pastorius (1651-1720) in the heart of Sommerhausen

In 1683, a group of Mennonites, Pietists, and Quakers – like Abraham Isacks op den Graeff – in Frankfurt approached Pastorius about acting as their agent to purchase land in Pennsylvania for a settlement. Pastorius took passage to Philadelphia. He established Germantown on land purchased from William Penn. He lived there until his death.

Marlene Rokicki enjoys sauerbraten in the Gasthaus zum Ochsen, Sommerhausen.

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