Historic Mansions of Fairmount Park
In the 18th and early 19th century, many of Philadelphia’s wealthy class built retreat homes along the elevated, picturesque banks of the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park. They offered a quick escape from some of the ills of urban life, including the summer heat and epidemics like typhoid and yellow fever.
A number of these historic houses have been preserved and are open to the public for tours. The homes all offer a glimpse into the lives of early Philadelphians, along with a variety of early architectural styles and period furnishings.
Cedar Grove, Sweetbriar, and Belmont are on the west side of the river, while all the others are on the east side. All are operated by various civic groups and have various hours.
- Belmont Mansion
- Cedar Grove
- Laurel Hill Mansion
- Lemon HIll
- Mount Pleasant
- Strawberry Mansion
With the exception of Belmont Mansion, which is its own separate entity, admission for each is $5 adult, $3 senior, $2 child 6–12, and free under the age of 6.
For information about the seasonal guided trolley tours in summer and during the winter holiday, call Park House Information (215/684-7926) or the individual house numbers included in the listings.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition