The Woodlands
4000 Woodland Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-9098
(215) 386-2181

Places Nearby:
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Institute of Contemporary Art
Philadelphia Zoo
Historic Bartram's Gardens
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Fabric Workshop Museum
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The Woodlands features one of the most architecturally significant mansions in America, its Carriage House, and an active Rural Cemetery which was incorporated in 1840. The pathways and avenues of the cemetery and mansion comprise the Woodlands Heritage National Recreation Trail. The entire property is a National Historic Landmark.

The story began in 1734, when noted lawyer Andrew Hamilton purchased a 250-acre tract of land on the outskirts of Philadelphia. The land holdings were inherited in 1747 by Hamilton's grandson, William, an avid botanist who also had a passion for architecture and landscape design. In 1784 he embarked on a two-year journey to England to inspect "the best houses." His intention was to make the Woodlands " . . . smile in the most beautiful and useful manner."

Returning with a collection of plants, materials, and a plan, Hamilton turned his dream into reality. The Woodlands Mansion set a new standard for Classical Revival architecture in America. The unique first floor plan features a large, oval-shaped room at each of the east and west ends.

Today visitors may enjoy an educational tour of this beautiful building and grounds, including internationally renowned gardens and plant collections, and the Cemetery. The bodies of many noteworthy Americans are interred at the Woodlands. To mention a few: Joseph Campbell, founder of the Campbell Soup Company; noted artist, Thomas Eakins; Ebenezer Maxwell, whose mansion stands as a museum in Germantown; and Civil War general, John Joseph Abercrombie.

Self-Guided and Guided Tours are available for individuals and families. Groups, including School Groups can enjoy a Guided Tour. Tours can also be combined with a visit to a nearby place of interest. Group tours include a "behind the scenes" glimpse of the restoration work that is still underway, and take about 2 hours to cover both the house and the grounds. A boxed lunch is available (call for details).

The Woodlands and its staff, quite rightly, exhibit a great deal of enthusiasm about their property. They also seem ready to make any group visit a memorable experience, so feel free to call and discuss the many possibilities available. The grounds may be used for birthday parties, and a children's scavenger hunt has been created. Here, children search among the historical monuments to locate unique signs and symbols.

Throughout the year the Woodlands presents special activities and events that the family will enjoy. Call for a current calendar.

Hours: Grounds open daily, dawn to dusk. Regularly scheduled tours of the Hamilton Mansion are available every Wednesday, April thru October, 10am - 2pm. Tours begin on the hour and last approximately 45 minutes. Call to confirm before visiting.
Guided Mansion Tour
Adults $10.00
Seniors $8.00
Call to confirm hours and fees.
Group Reservations: Groups of more than 8 people must schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.
Lunch: Picnic areas available. Nearby restaurants.
Handicapped Access: Grounds are accessible, mansion is not.
Directions: Located at Woodland Ave. & 40th St.

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