Laurel Hill Mansion is open
Thursdays - Sundays
10 AM - 4 PM
$ 8.00 Adults
$ 3.00 Seniors and Students
Children under 12 are free
Please contact us prior to visiting:
Nestled along the scenic Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Laurel Hill has a prominent location on a high bluff overlooking the river. One of the most visible houses that ring the river, the view of the river from the back porch is not to be missed.
The original house consisted of a two-story Georgian brick structure
with a symmetrically placed entry and a gallery of windows on the first
and second floors. In the late 18th/early 19th century, a small single story
wing was added to the south-side of the home. The unique two-story octagonal
wing was added to the north side soon thereafter.
Portraits of former occupants hang in the house which is furnished in the popular styles of in the late 18th century. The furniture includes an 18th century Philadelphia Chippendale mahogany highboy, a valuable family heirloom presented to Laurel Hill by the Rawle family 1993. This original piece, was given by the Burge family upon the marriage of their daughter, Sarah, to William Rawle in 1783. Decorative items include musical instruments such as an English pianoforte from 1808 by Broadwood and a harp from the early 19th century.
There are events open to the public from April to December including a Spring Tea, Summer Concerts and Yuletide Tours.
Visit our Events Page for more information.
Opportunities to volunteer include Love your Park day and community garden days among others. Please contact us for more information.
To arrange a tour for your group, school or class please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (215) 235-1776.
The stewards of Laurel Hill Mansion are Women For Greater Philadelphia.
Women for Greater Philadelphia, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation of volunteers.The goals of the corporation are to promote and enhance the historical, philosophical, educational and cultural valve of Greater Philadelphia and to maintain and preserve Laurel Hill Mansion.
Women for Greater Philadelphia, an organization of volunteers, was incorporated in 1973 under the name “Women for the Bicentennial” as a non-profit service organization. Its purpose at that time was to cooperate with the city in celebrating the nation’s 200th anniversary in 1976. The first project was the renovation and restoration of the handsome, but neglected, Laurel Hill Mansion under an agreement with the Fairmount Park commission. The mansion, which dates to 1767, has been welcoming the public ever since its opening in 1976. At the close of that year, the name was changed to Women for Greater Philadelphia. The goal of Women for Greater Philadelphia is to create an intergenerational education program that teaches people about Philadelphia’s rich history through preserving Laurel Hill Mansion and, simultaneously, preserving the cultural image of the Greater Philadelphia area.