Presidents Day — Fun Fact!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Presidents Day — Fun Fact!

Did you know Historic Strawberry Mansion has two dining room chairs that belonged to George and Martha Washington when they lived in the President’s House in Philadelphia? These chairs were part of a set of 14, of which only five are accounted for today!

 

African American History Month

Posted by on Feb 1, 2019 in News | Comments Off on African American History Month

Historic Strawberry Mansion celebrates African American History Month by illuminating the work of its founder, Judge William Lewis, an early American abolitionist and a pivotal figure to the end of slavery in Philadelphia. Learn about Lewis’ life during a Saturday tour of the Mansion, and visit our exhibit “A Freedom to Go Forth” to look at the effects of his work through the lens of the African American community of Philadelphia during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

February hours and admission: Open on Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tours begin on the hour, with the last tour of the day departing at 3 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, and free for children under 12.

Flavors of the Season Day: Dec. 9

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Flavors of the Season Day: Dec. 9

Bring your appetite and culinary curiosity to the historic houses as we celebrate some of Philadelphia’s best tastes for the holidays. At Historic Strawberry Mansion, enjoy the storybook holiday decor while tasting a sampling of seasonal treats from Birchtree Catering.

Participating houses include Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill Mansion, Lemon Hill Mansion, Historic Strawberry Mansion, and Woodford Mansion. Children 12 and under admitted for free.

Discounted passes available for $30 which include entry to all 5 participating houses as well as house to house transportation via the Holiday Houses Loop powered by PHLASH. See Park Charms’ “A Very Philly Christmas” for tickets.

Neighbor’s Day: Dec. 8

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Neighbor’s Day: Dec. 8

Enjoy a day of entertainment as the historic houses showcase the many talents of the neighbors that live near and around Fairmount Park.

From 11 am – 3 pm, The Underwoods will play holiday classics, Christmas carols and a little bit of R&B and soul at Historic Strawberry Mansion. Featuring Donald Underwood, Amadeus Underwood, Sadia Underwood, Monica Underwood, Veronica Underwood and Tyreke Donaldson.

Discounted passes available for $30 which include entry to all 5 participating houses as well as house to house transportation via the Holiday Houses Loop powered by PHLASH. See Park Charms’ “A Very Philly Christmas” for tickets.

“A Very Storied Christmas”: Nov. 28 – Dec. 23

Posted by on Dec 1, 2018 in News | Comments Off on “A Very Storied Christmas”: Nov. 28 – Dec. 23

Strawberry Mansion Holiday Tour 2018

This year, Fairmount Park’s largest historic mansion is dressed in classic holiday décor portraying “A Very Storied Christmas”. Designed by Our Garden Club of Philadelphia and Vicinity and The Porch Club of Riverton, the theme celebrates the long history of the Free Library of Philadelphia and its 130 years of promoting literacy for all Philadelphia citizens. Each room depicts a scene from a beloved Christmas story, including “The Nutcracker,” “The Polar Express” and “The Night Before Christmas.”

Historic Strawberry Mansion is open Wednesdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for guided tours. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens (65+); children under 12 are free. Find more information here.

“Sounds of the Season”: Dec. 1

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in News | Comments Off on “Sounds of the Season”: Dec. 1

Join us as the historic houses, in collaboration with WRTI, kick off this year’s A Very Philly Christmas with some of the best regarded music organizations in Philadelphia.

Performances:

  • 10:30-11:30 am: Primavera Fund Student Karis Dharmawirya-violin
  • 12:00-1:45 pm: Students from Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, Clef Club Alumni Duo featuring Richard Hill-bass and Daud El-Bakara-trumpet
  • 2:00 pm: WRTI’s Gregg Whiteside
  • 2:00-2:30 pm: Opera Philadelphia
  • 3:00-3:30 pm: Opera Philadelphia

Discounted passes available for $30 which include entry to all 5 participating houses as well as house to house transportation via the Holiday Houses Loop powered by PHLASH. See Park Charms’ “A Very Philly Christmas” for tickets.

Jefferson Davis Takes Philadelphia – October 11

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Jefferson Davis Takes Philadelphia – October 11

Historic Strawberry Mansion presents: JEFFERSON DAVIS TAKES PHILADELPHIA

Thursday, 11 October; 6:00 p.m.
2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive, Philadelphia
A book talk with author S. Tyson Gardner

The North won the Civil War, but it took a Jefferson Davis to reunite the nation. It’s 1876, the last days of postwar Reconstruction in the South, when a nineteen-year-old artistic prodigy from Georgia, with a troublesome name, heads to Yankee Philadelphia and the country’s first World’s Fair. A call for artists to participate in the Fair’s art exhibit, the largest in the nation, sends Thomas J. on his way. A hilarious coming-of-age story follows, with a cast of illustrious characters and more than a few mishaps and amusing encounters. Ultimately, Jefferson Davis takes Philadelphia in this madcap fictional romp, where anything can happen – and very nearly does – in this historical farce.

Free and open to the public. Reservations not required.
Refreshments will be served.

Trifoliate Orange Fire Cider Making Workshop

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Trifoliate Orange Fire Cider Making Workshop

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Join POP on Sunday, September 23 from 1 – 3 pm for an installment of our new Community Gleaning Education Series – featuring community teachers presenting on lesser known fruits and herbs of the orchards.

At Fikira Bakery, fermentation rises breads and also makes medicine. Fikira’s cauldron-keeper, Ailbhe Pascal, will teach you how to make a flu-fighting tonic using POP’s citrus, trifoliate orange. Known as “fire cider,” this tonic is spicy-sweet and knocks the sniffles away. It will take a month to ferment, so please have a jar to bring the magic home.

Wedding Venue Launch at Historic Strawberry Mansion

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Wedding Venue Launch at Historic Strawberry Mansion

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We invite you to experience our newly-renovated event space on Sunday, September 9 from 1 – 4 pm. 

Join us for an afternoon filled with food, drink, and a vendor showcase highlighting florals, decor, stationery, photography and more. RSVP for up to four guests and enjoy the grounds while learning more about this stunning venue!

For generations, the grounds of the Historic Strawberry Mansion have been enjoyed by members of the surrounding community as a quiet escape in Fairmount Park, so close yet worlds away from the noise and bustle of Philadelphia.

Because the backyard is so hidden from the street view, it feels like magic walking through the house and into this stunning tree-lined yard. Plan a luxurious outdoor celebration (up to 250 people) on the expansive rear grounds where guests may mingle on the full-length brick terrace overlooking a beautiful Azalea path that winds around the perimeter of the property.

Birchtree Catering is a small, woman-owned business and the exclusive caterer for Historic Strawberry Mansion, and they’ve partnered with Open Aire Affairs to handle the venue management, construction of a standing tent, and all other rental amenities, making this a fully streamlined, all-weather venue in one of the most charming spaces in Philadelphia.

Tickets are $12. Click here to purchase.

10th Annual Strawberry Festival

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in News | Comments Off on 10th Annual Strawberry Festival

The 10th annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 9th, from noon – 2 pm features food and fun for the whole family! Enjoy orchard tours, free tours of the Mansion, crafts and games, a plant sale, an open-hive beekeeping demonstration, honey tastings, and more!