Traditions of the Season

  • December 7

  • @ 10:00am-4:00pm

  • Tickets

Christmas past meets Christmas presents!

Join us as the historic houses revive their colonial-era heritage and bring history to life! Reenactors and first-person interpreters will be present throughout the day at the six Park Charms houses. Experience 18th and 19th century life through costumed interpreters presenting narratives, hands-on activities, and demonstrations of traditional trades, crafts, and domestic duties. Historical interpretation by Once Upon A Nation History Makers portraying real people from the past. Presented in collaboration with Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

 

PROGRAM DETAILS* (*subject to minor changes) 

Morning  (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)  

 

Lemon Hill: a visit with Mr. & Mrs. Pratt. Plus, Ben Franklin presents an interactive demonstration of his scientific instruments and discoveries!

Mount Pleasant: North Pavilion (outbuilding on right) – Jack the Cooper- discussing the craftsmanship of coopering and demonstrating handmade bucketmaking on-site. 

Laurel Hill: Dr. Philip Syng Physick, the Father of American surgery, recalls his days at “Randolph Mansion” 

Woodford: George Clymer, the “double signer” of both the Declaration and the Constitution on his life and memories of the country seat belonging to his Aunt Hannah and Uncle William Coleman; Stables (outbuilding in the back) -blacksmithing demonstration with Robert Herrmann

Historic Strawberry Mansion: artist James Claypoole leading 18th century watercolor painting demonstrations based on the immersive mural “The Portage Trail to Strawberry Mansion” in the Banquet Room (2nd floor) 

Cedar Grove: Ingrid with Heart to Hearth Cookery – demonstrating 18th century hearth cooking, early winter preservation techniques of meat and grains, and the history and evolution of colonial Christmas dishes such as plum pudding and minced meat pie 

All Houses – 11 am – 1 pm : Olde Towne Carolers wassailing from house to house

 

Afternoon (1:00-4:00 pm)  

 

Lemon Hill: a visit with Mr. & Mrs. Pratt. Plus, Ben Franklin presents an interactive demonstration of his scientific instruments and discoveries!

Mount Pleasant: Main house – meet Peggy Shippen, storied wife of Benedict; North Pavilion (outbuilding on the right) North Pavilion (outbuilding on right) – Jack the Cooper- discussing the craftsmanship of coopering and demonstrating handmade bucketmaking on-site. 

Laurel Hill: Sarah Melton, a skilled seamstress and “mantua maker” offers an interactive demonstration of the making of colonial-era clothing

Woodford: Betsy Ross discusses her frequent visits to the country house of William Coleman to fit and sew slipcovers in a checked pattern; Stables (outbuilding in the back) – blacksmithing demonstration with Robert Herrmann

Historic Strawberry Mansion: Oney Judge discusses her years enslaved in the service of Martha Washington and her hard-fought escape to freedom, thanks in part to the legislation of Judge William Lewis, who first owned the house. Lewis drafted and passed “An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery in 1780.” 

Cedar Grove: Ingrid with Heart to Hearth Cookery – demonstrating 18th century hearth cooking, early winter preservation techniques of meat and grains, and the history and evolution of colonial Christmas dishes such as plum pudding and minced meat pie 

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Participating historic houses include: Cedar Grove, Historic Strawberry Mansion, Laurel Hill Mansion, Lemon Hill Mansion, Mount Pleasant, and Woodford Mansion.

New for 2019! On “Traditions of the Season” and other Special Event Days, PHLASH buses will stop at Ridgeland Mansion for a delicious HOLIDAY LUNCH for only $10, provided by Joshua’s Catering from 11am – 3pm! Includes hot coffee or tea, soup of your choice, sandwich of your choice, and cookies.

PRICES:

Discounted All-House Pass: $35 — includes entry to all 6 participating houses (+ Ridgeland Mansion) as well as house to house transportation via the Holiday Houses Loop powered by PHLASH
Single entry: $8
Lunch Combo: $10

ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS:
-Children 12 and under admitted free!

-Fairmount Park neighbors receive a generous discount! Enter your zip code as the discount code in the Ticketleap checkout (eligible zip codes: 19130, 19121, 19132, 19129, 19131, and 19104).

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