Woodford's front door during the annual Christmas tours. Woodford gets specially decorated for the holidays by local garden clubs, florists, and children from the Clymer Elementary School.
Clymer Elementary School children after decorating Woodford's Christmas tree. These children have a special connection to Woodford. Their school was named after George Clymer, the nephew William Coleman raised. George Clymer signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Rare Colonial Scientific Instruments
In early October, the Naomi Wood Collection at Woodford will acquire a number of 18th-century mathematical instruments, including a theodolite and compass, and a set of drafting instruments in a shagreen case. The term "mathematical instruments" was used at the time to include precision instruments used for surveying, for the design and construction of buildings, and for scientific studies.
These unique items are being added to the Collection based on historical records confirming that the first owner of Woodford Mansion, William Coleman, owned and used mathematical instruments of this kind.
Tuesday, October 4th, 2 pm
Special Presentation from a Master Craftsman
Jeffrey Lock, a nationally recognized expert on 18th-century mathematical instruments, will give a brief talk at Woodford Mansion to present these new additions to the Naomi Wood Antiques Collection. Mr. Lock has 40 years of experience in the field of antique restoration and conservation, and has served as a science and technology appraiser on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow.
If you would like to attend this presentation, please RSVP by calling Woodford at (215) 229-6115.
Tuesdays and Sundays, Starting October 9th
Up Close with the New Acquisitions
If you can't make it to Jeffrey Lock's presentation, visitors to Woodford Mansion will have further opportunities to take a closer look at the new acquisitions. At 11 am and 2 pm on Tuesdays and Sundays throughout October, Woodford's guides will talk about the 18th-century mathematical instruments and explain how they might have been used by people like Woodford's William Coleman.
Saturday, October 15th, Noon to 2 pm
8th Annual Community Apple Festival
Celebrate harvest season in the Woodford Mansion Orchard with cider making, apple tasting, pumpkin painting, blacksmith demonstrations, children's games, an apple dessert contest (enter yours!) and free tours of the orchard and historic Woodford Mansion.
If you would like to volunteer to help with the Apple Festival from noon to 2 pm, please call Woodford Mansion at (215) 229-6115.
Call Woodford for more information about the special tours and events. (215) 229-6115
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Volunteering: If you would like to become a Woodford volunteer please call Woodford (215) 229-6115.
Donations: If you would like to make a donation to the Naomi Wood Trust to assist us with our efforts to operate, educate, and preserve Woodford please write to: Lawrence Berger, Trustee, The Naomi Wood Trust, Woodford, East Fairmount Park, 33rd & Dauphin Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19132.