Recollection Stories




Germantown, as a neighborhood, began taking shape in the 1850’s, as railway development encouraged a steady flow of immigrants into what at the time was a marshy region adjacent to Beargrass creek. The neighboring Schnitzelburg community developed shortly thereafter – in some regards part of the same region, but divided physically by what would become Goss Avenue and culturally by the distinct local community that formed. Much of the area was devoted to farmland, but by the time the early 1900’s rolled around, much of the area had developed into residential and industrial functionality (boasting the largest collection of shotgun houses in Louisville).

Shops, restaurants, and other local businesses quickly sprang up.  At the turn of the century the area was linked to Louisville proper by streetcar service; however, the community was self-sufficient, with almost any desired service available in the neighborhood. Many of the restaurants and shops still exist today, with others remaining fondly in living memory. The community that grew out of this place exhibited a strong sense of pride in neighborhood upkeep and workmanship. and started traditions that still go on to this day, such as the “Dainty Contest.”- Don Haag in Germans in Louisville: A History, Chapter 26