Judge William Lewis Portrait Unveiling

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Judge William Lewis Portrait Unveiling

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Join us on Sept. 22 from 4-6 p.m. for a free unveiling of a portrait of Judge William Lewis! This portrait is new to Strawberry Mansion and has been in the possession of a relative of Judge Lewis for many years!

Discover Philadelphia history as Historic Strawberry Mansion unveils a portrait of founder, lawyer, and abolitionist Judge William Lewis, noted for his role in writing and passing the “Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery” in 1780. The painting will be presented to the public for the first time in generations, and a Storyteller from Historic Philadelphia Inc.’s award-winning Once Upon a Nation program will perform tales from Lewis’s era. The painting originally hung in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Library. It was presented to the association in January 1825 and was the first portrait in its collection. It was painted by John Neagle after a Gilbert Stuart painting.

Light refreshments will be provided. The event is open to the public, but we ask that you RSVP to strawberrymansion@me.com if you plan to attend.

Historic Strawberry Mansion is closed Friday 8/23.

Posted by on Aug 22, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Historic Strawberry Mansion is closed Friday 8/23.

The house is closed tomorrow, Friday, August 23rd, for a private event. Historic Strawberry Mansion will reopen on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

Celebrating 200 Years of Judge William Lewis’s Legacy at Historic Strawberry Mansion

Posted by on Aug 2, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Celebrating 200 Years of Judge William Lewis’s Legacy at Historic Strawberry Mansion

Historic Strawberry Mansion, the largest of the Fairmount Park Historic Houses, celebrates the 200th anniversary of Judge William Lewis’s (d. August 16, 1819) legacy with reduced admission, storytelling, and fruit picking.
Held over two days, the fête will give visitors an opportunity to explore Lewis’s legal work on behalf of freedom-seeking African Americans, his contributions towards the 1780 “Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery,” and Philadelphia’s role as a liberating place for freedom seekers.

When: Friday, August 16 & Saturday, August 17

Where: Historic Strawberry Mansion (2450 Strawberry Mansion Dr.)

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Reduced $2 admission, representing 200 years

Activities:
• Meet and greet with a storyteller from Historic Philadelphia who will tell the story of Judge William Lewis on Saturday, 8/17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Stroll through the award-winning gardens and pick your own peaches, pears, raspberries, and blackberries both days
• Take a Historic House tour led by a knowledgeable guide at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. both days

“Summerville” on the River

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019 in News | Comments Off on “Summerville” on the River

Formerly known as “Summerville,” Historic Strawberry Mansion was built to be a summer home along the Schuylkill River. Retreat from the heat of the city like the Founding Fathers and Mothers, and enjoy the shade and breeze today at Historic Strawberry Mansion, open Wednesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Strawberry Festival Returns!

Posted by on May 20, 2019 in News | Comments Off on The Strawberry Festival Returns!

Join the East Park Revitalization Alliance, the Philadelphia Orchard Project, and Historic Strawberry Mansion for the East Park Strawberry Festival! Events include a tour of the historic mansion grounds, plus a walk around the orchards to pick the first of summer’s fruit. Plus, goats from the Philadelphia Goat Project will be visiting for walks and photos!

Join us on Saturday, June 1st from 12-2 PM for fun, games and plenty of strawberries!

Open Wednesdays – Sundays

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Walk our beautiful grounds and tour Fairmount Park’s biggest historic house on Wednesdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, and free for children under 12, and includes a guided tour of the Mansion. Tours begin on the hour — the last tour of the day departs at 3 p.m.

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

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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.