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.
Saturday, April 11, at 2:00 pm
Special Antiques Tour: In the regrettable absence of the Philadelphia Antiques Show this year, Woodford Mansion is pleased to announce that it will host antiques expert Skip Chalfant, of H.L. Chalfant, on for a select tour that will provide an expert’s view of the Naomi Wood Collection of American Antiques. Admission for this select tour is $5.00 with free parking available. RSVP by calling 215-229-6115
Saturday, April 25, at 10 am
Strawberry Mansion, 2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive
East Fairmount Park
EAST PARK ORCHARDS CARE DAY: Help out with an orchard care day at the Strawberry Mansion and Woodford Orchards in East Fairmount Park. We'll be mulching and weeding these neighboring orchards, planting a new strawberry patch, building a grape trellis, and more. A partnership between POP, East Park Revitalization Alliance, Woodford, and Historic Strawberry Mansion.
Saturday, May 9th – Sunday, May 10th
Mother’s Day: In honor of Mother’s Day moms tour free at Woodford Mansion. Visit the mother-of-all antiques collections. On your guided tour you’ll learn about some of this National Historic Landmark’s famous females, such as Naomi Wood, whose expansive collection of fine antiques is housed at Woodford, and socialite Rebecca Franks, who supported the British during the American Revolution. Learn their stories through this magnificent collection of portraits and antiques.
Sunday, May 17th - Sunday, May 23rd
Rooms in Bloom: A week-long display of artful arrangements will be held at the six
former country estates now open to the public as house museums -
Cedar Grove in West Fairmount Park, and Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill,
Mount Pleasant, Historic Strawberry Mansion and Woodford in East
Garden clubs, florists and floral designers will create arrangements
inspired by each house’s unique architecture, art, artifacts, as well as
the compelling stories of those who built, lived and labored in, and
helped preserve these time capsules of Early American life.
Note: Woodford will be open on Monday, May 18th from 10am- 4pm for this special event.
To celebrate International Museum Day free admission will be
offered on Sunday, May 17th from 10am to 4pm.
Saturday, June 20th – Sunday, June 21st
Father’s Day: This weekend Woodford celebrates Dads, and all fathers tour free. Visit and learn about some of the grand-daddies of history who once lived at this historic summer home. Learn about how men like William Coleman, George Clymer, David Franks, and the Whartons made history. Their stories are told through an outstanding collection of portraits and antique items. From Benjamin Franklin’s mentor, to a signatory of both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, to great businessmen and patrons – Woodford is the place to be to learn about Philadelphia’s famous residents!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Holiday House Tours: Theme TBD
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.