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.
2013 FAIRMOUNT PARK HOUSES’
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSES
Thursday through Sunday, Dec 5-8 and 12-15
10:00 am until 4:00 pm
$5 for adults, free for children ages 12 and under
Guided Trolley Tours of the Houses
Departing from the West entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Phone (215) 235-7469 or visit www.philamuseum.org/parkhouses for more information and to make a reservation.
Visit Woodford for “Wassailing at Woodford”
Celebrate the holidays from the British perspective with one of Philadelphia's most prominent Loyalist socialites from the American Revolution! Meet Rebecca Franks, daughter of Woodford's former owner and darling of the British occupiers, who will greet visitors and share holiday stories from 11 am to 2 pm, Dec 6, 7, 13, 14 and 15.
Special Candlelight Tour of Woodford and Historic Strawberry Mansion
Dec 11th at 5:30
Step on a trolley at Lloyd Hall for a nightime tour of both houses followed by light fare at Historic Strawberry Mansion.
$40 per person. Phone (215)228-8364 or email email@example.com for more information and reservations.
Holiday Food and Toy Collection
Help support the Strawberry Mansion community by bringing non-perishable food and unwrapped new toys of any kind to the houses during this year's holiday tours. All donations will go the Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Action Center (SMNAC) to assist local residents during the holiday season.
Download the Holiday House Tours brochure here
Flags to Riches: The Stories of Rebecca Franks and Betsy Ross
February 2nd, 2013 through January 2014
Everyone knows who Rebecca Franks is... or at least they
did in the 18th century. Rebecca, who spent her summers at Woodford, was a rich Philadelphia socialite who swore allegiance to the British flag during the Revolutionary War. Betsy Ross on the other hand, was a middle-class Quaker tradeswoman who stitched her loyalties to a rebel flag.
Visit the new exhibit at the Betsy Ross House and see the contrast between objects of luxury from Woodford's collection and objects of necessity from the Betsy Ross House and learn about the two different sides of the Revolutionary War for the ladies who lived it.
Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
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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.