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.

EVENTS

June

Saturday, June 20th – Sunday, June 21st
Celebrate (Founding) Father’s Day at Woodford Mansion: Visit Woodford Mansion with your family on Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21st to celebrate fathers – founding fathers, that is! Tour this National Historic Landmark where you will hear the stories of great men such as William Coleman, Woodford’s founder and one of the men that inspired Benjamin Franklin. You’ll also learn about signatory of both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution George Clymer, and hear the harrowing tale of David Franks, whose family sided with the British during the American Revolutionary War.

The tales of these former residents and more await you at Woodford Mansion. Dad’s tour free on Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21st!

Woodford Mansion celebrates more than 200 years of history and tells the stories of the families that resided there through the Naomi Wood Collection of period antiques and 18th century decorative arts, which fills every room of this historic home.

Woodford Mansion is open for guided tours Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:00 am through 4:00 pm, excluding holidays. Admission for a guided tour is $5.00 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, and $2 for children (age 6-12).

July

Wednesday, July 1st – Sunday July 5th
Woodford Mansion during the American Revolution:
Tour this National Historic Landmark to learn about the summer homes, which were on the outer edges of the city, functioned during the American Revolution. Stories are told through an expansive collection of historic items and antiques. Come and learn about the former residents of Woodford Mansion, and how they fell on both-sides of the war between the British and the American patriots. Don’t miss this jewel of Philadelphia history, and how it helped shaped a city, and nation. Woodford Mansion will be closed Saturday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

Saturday, July 18th – Sunday, July 19th
Founder’s Weekend: Celebrate Founder’s Day at Woodford Mansion with buy-one-get-one free admission. Built by William Coleman in 1756, this National Historic Landmark is central to Philadelphia’s history. Home to a signatory of both the Declaration of Independence, a famous loyalist merchant and his Tory-belle daughter, and some of the city’s famous patrons, Woodford Mansion has stood the test of time. Visit us and learn about more than 250 years of history through an unrivaled collection of historic pieces and antiques. Come experience this hidden gem on the banks of the Schuylkill River.

August

Tuesday, August 4th – Sunday August, 9th
Woodford, A Summer Home:
Visit and learn about the 18th century summer homes that dotted the edges of Philadelphia. This National Historic Landmark served as escape from a crowded Philadelphia during its summer months. Through a magnificent collection of historical items, portraits, and antiques, you’ll find out how people lived during the warmest months of the year. Don’t miss your opportunity to tour Woodford Mansion. When it comes to history you couldn’t get much hotter, but don’t worry Woodford is fully air-conditioned.

September

Saturday, September 5th – Sunday, September 6th
Woodford Mansion Back to School Tours: School is back, so book your tour today to learn about Woodford Mansion, a key piece of Philadelphia history. Our extensive collection of antiques and historic items tell the stories of Woodford’s famous residents, including a man who inspired Benjamin Franklin, a signatory of both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, and a British Loyalist.

October

DATE TBD
Apple Festival / Orchard Tours - TBD

October 17th & 24th
Orchard Tours: Go beyond the walls of Woodford Mansion and explore our wonderful orchards. When Woodford was sold in 1769 it was advertised in the Pennsylvania Gazette as having “…a handsome Garden, a thriving Orchard of good Apple Trees and other Fruit, and a Well of excellent water.” Replanted in 2008, today’s orchard harkens back to days-gone-by.

November

Tuesday, November 10th – Sunday, November 15th
Celebrating in Colonial Philadelphia: Take in the magnificence of Woodford Mansion and learn how its residents celebrated special events and holidays! Stories of splendor and merriment are told through an unrivaled collection of antiques and historical items such as our air twist glasses, tea sets, enameled coconut cups, and a drinking puzzle jug.

December

Holiday House Tours: Theme TBD

Call Woodford for more information about the special tours and events. (215) 229-6115

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OPPORTUNITIES

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.

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33rd & Dauphin Streets, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19132
(215) 229-6115 | www.woodfordmansion.org