Cairnwood Estate

Cairnwood Estate Built between 1892 and 1895 during America's "Gilded Age," this magnificent Beaux Arts style country house was designed by Carrere and Hastings, one of the country's leading architectural firms.
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Snow is in the forecast! Are you ready?!!                             Photo: @steveconroy                               ...
01/29/2021

Snow is in the forecast! Are you ready?!! Photo: @steveconroy #winterwonderland #mansionsofthegildedage #gildedagemansions

“First look” photos never get old ♥️                               Photo @weldonweddingphoto #cairnwoodcouples          ...
01/26/2021

“First look” photos never get old ♥️ Photo @weldonweddingphoto
#cairnwoodcouples #cairnwood #cairnwoodestate #loveyou #forevermine #historicvenue #weddingday #weddinginspiration

It takes an army to decorate a house this large! We are SO GRATEFUL for the incredible generosity of the Cairnwood team ...
01/23/2021

It takes an army to decorate a house this large! We are SO GRATEFUL for the incredible generosity of the Cairnwood team members who VOLUNTEERED many hours, sharing their talents to help us get through this difficult Christmas season during a pandemic. At a time when so many cultural sites have been hit hard with significant losses, these individuals rolled up their sleeves and donated many hours—decorating Christmas trees, hanging garlands, wreaths and lights, setting scenes, tweaking gift shop displays, and guiding tours. Thank you Carol Henderson, Clara Huntzinger, Jill King, Angela Caldwell, Nina Chit Khin, and Laird Dibb 🎄Visitors have been loving all your hard work!

You light up my world ♥️                   Photo:  @cindydesauphotography           #romeoandjuliet                     ...
01/23/2021

You light up my world ♥️ Photo: @cindydesauphotography #romeoandjuliet #cairnwoodcouples #iloveyou #gildedagemansions #historicvenue

Relationships. Cultivating strong relationships and surrounding yourself with a meaningful community of family and frien...
01/22/2021

Relationships. Cultivating strong relationships and surrounding yourself with a meaningful community of family and friends to share your milestone moments creates a life of meaning and purpose and the buoyancy to weather any storm. Surround yourself with people who inspire and support you!

Photo: @allisonmccaffertyphotography #cairnwoodbride #cairnwoodcouples #family #fairytalewedding #cairnwoodestate #brynathynhistoricdistrict

It’s not too late to catch our Christmas decorations and exhibition “Sumptuous and Snug: Outerwear for the Holidays. Eve...
01/20/2021

It’s not too late to catch our Christmas decorations and exhibition “Sumptuous and Snug: Outerwear for the Holidays. Every tour is private for a safe and socially distanced outing. Last day: January 31st. Tickets available at Cairnwood.org

At a time when so many Americans are grieving the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, Cairnwood joins communities ac...
01/19/2021

At a time when so many Americans are grieving the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, Cairnwood joins communities across the country for a national moment of unity, remembrance, and prayer in honor of those who have lost their lives. May love and light bless us all. #COVIDMemorial

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#brynathynhistoricdistrict

Drama! Repost photo by @ryanedaphoto                             #brynathyncathedral                    #cairnwoodestate...
01/17/2021

Drama! Repost photo by @ryanedaphoto #brynathyncathedral #cairnwoodestate #cairnwoodcouples #dreamscometrue

What is wacky about this unique historic photo of the Cairnwood terrace and tower? It was taken from the corner of the s...
01/15/2021

What is wacky about this unique historic photo of the Cairnwood terrace and tower? It was taken from the corner of the side garden and the terrace, which was grass originally. The image is reversed! The balcony visible in the center is connected to the boudoir on the second floor (facing the lawn), above the living room. The original garden plans included varieties of climbing vines, creating green texture complementing the buff Roman (Pompeian) brick walls, creating a whimsical storybook look to the home. The striped awnings over the French doors and windows enhanced the charming appeal. To get reoriented, compare the reversed photo with the older photo on the right with a similar view.

All the sweet joy of the moment captured forever in a photo. ♥️   #cairnwoodcouples                           Photo: @pa...
01/14/2021

All the sweet joy of the moment captured forever in a photo. ♥️ #cairnwoodcouples Photo: @patrobinsonphoto

It is such an honor to play a part in celebrating the life-changing milestones of marriage and family. What a beautiful ...
01/10/2021

It is such an honor to play a part in celebrating the life-changing milestones of marriage and family. What a beautiful photoshoot! Tag #cairnwood with your favorite pictures/book your own anniversary or milestone photoshoots! #cairnwoodcouples

Repost from Mark Louis Photography

What an amazing day we had to photograph this beautiful mommy to be @nicoletta27 we were so happy to go back to where we did your wedding. #beautifulmommytobe
#cairnwood

It’s not too late! Tours of the 2020 holiday exhibition “Sumptuous and Snug: Vintage Outerwear for the Holidays” will re...
01/10/2021

It’s not too late! Tours of the 2020 holiday exhibition “Sumptuous and Snug: Vintage Outerwear for the Holidays” will resume January 19-31st. Visit with confidence! Every tour is private, one group at a time. Tickets are limited, book online today! #vintagestyle #historyiscool #christmasdecorations #brynathynhistoricdistrict #makeitmontco

Winter transforms familiar spaces into new wonderlands. Magical!              Photos: @rachelkathrynphotography #winterw...
01/05/2021

Winter transforms familiar spaces into new wonderlands. Magical!

Photos: @rachelkathrynphotography #winterwonderland #gertrudesgardens

You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because the reality is finally better than your dreams. ~ Dr. SeussPh...
01/04/2021

You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because the reality is finally better than your dreams. ~ Dr. Seuss
Photo: Femina Photo + Design

While Cairnwood has been closed and Christmas tours cut short this season, the Cairnwood Critters have been carrying on—...
01/02/2021

While Cairnwood has been closed and Christmas tours cut short this season, the Cairnwood Critters have been carrying on—giving tours of the collections to each other ♥️ #christmastours #holidayseason2020

2020 was not the year we planned for. It was not the year our Cairnwood couples and their families planned for. It was n...
01/01/2021

2020 was not the year we planned for. It was not the year our Cairnwood couples and their families planned for. It was not the year our vendors, members, patrons and visitors expected. However, we were blessed over and over again by incredible generosity, flexibility, resilience, and genuine moments of kindness which sustained our team and renewed our faith that together we can get through anything. Thank you to all our volunteers, patrons and amazing vendors who are helping us to preserve Cairnwood’s vibrant history. Happy New Year and cheers to a happy and healthy 2021! #cairnwoodestate #historichomes

12/31/2020
Evening Coat ca.1918/1919

Cheers to ringing in a new year! 🥂 Are you staying home tonight? Why not get inspired by vintage fashions to dress up and welcome 2021 in style. This fabulous custom made evening coat adorned with a silver and gemstone buckle and trimmed in mink fur is more than a century old!

#localhistory
#brynathynhistoricdistrict
#cairnwoodestate

#wintersunset
12/29/2020

#wintersunset

Make sure your venue is as memorable as you are, and capture every precious moment to keep and share forever!           ...
12/29/2020

Make sure your venue is as memorable as you are, and capture every precious moment to keep and share forever! Photos: @daria_m_photography #cairnwoodcouples #cairnwoodestate #firstlook #historicvenue #romanceisnotdead

In this year unlike any other, we hope that everyone has enjoyed making merry with those you love most virtually—or in p...
12/27/2020

In this year unlike any other, we hope that everyone has enjoyed making merry with those you love most virtually—or in person if you are lucky. As Tiny Tim says in Dickens’ Christmas Carol, “God bless us ALL, every one!”

The fireplace in the Cairnwood Boudoir adjoining the master bedroom is where the Christmas stockings were hung with care...
12/25/2020

The fireplace in the Cairnwood Boudoir adjoining the master bedroom is where the Christmas stockings were hung with care. Gabriele Pitcairn Pendleton (born in Cairnwood in 1913) was an accomplished and prolific knitter, making stockings for every family member including the dogs! This one was made for the family dog Wooly. Gabriele also loved to sew and especially delighted in special trims. This marabou trimmed robe was a gift she sewed for her daughter Joan. Robes like this were made as gifts for all her daughters, daughters-in-laws, and many friends. Happy Christmas Eve!
#christmaseve #christmastraditions #historyiscool #homefortheholidays #cairnwood #family

12/24/2020

It’s a beautiful night in the #brynathynhistoricdistrict 🎄 #christmastime #historyiscool #merrychristmas #homefortheholidays

❄️ Snow never lasts for long here, but love goes on forever! Be kind and generous to everyone you meet today. You will n...
12/23/2020

❄️ Snow never lasts for long here, but love goes on forever! Be kind and generous to everyone you meet today. You will never know the impact you have on others, but you will know how it makes your own heart feel. ♥️ Only two more days until Christmas—enjoy! #spreadthelove #lovingkindness #christmastime #cairnwoodestate #brynathynhistoricdistrict

Bundle up and enjoy this beautiful snowy morning! Vera Pitcairn’s fur-trimmed hat, coat, and matching muff ca.1908 is fa...
12/17/2020

Bundle up and enjoy this beautiful snowy morning! Vera Pitcairn’s fur-trimmed hat, coat, and matching muff ca.1908 is fabulous! #vintagestyle #vintagechristmas #homefortheholidays #cairnwoodestate #gildedagemansions

❄️ Snow is in our forecast! This silk lined beaver fur coat custom made for Mildred Glenn Pitcairn ca. 1960s would be co...
12/16/2020

❄️ Snow is in our forecast! This silk lined beaver fur coat custom made for Mildred Glenn Pitcairn ca. 1960s would be cozy and stylish on a day like today! Mildred’s grandchildren have fond memories of hugging her in this coat because it was “ like hugging a teddy bear!” #christmastime #homefortheholidays #vintagestyle #cairnwoodestate

Thanks @glencairnmuseum and Ty Klippenstein for posting this beautiful photo of the sunset last night. Hold on to the li...
12/14/2020

Thanks @glencairnmuseum and Ty Klippenstein for posting this beautiful photo of the sunset last night. Hold on to the light on this dark and rainy morning!!
#brynathynhistoricdistrict #cairnwoodestate #sunset #historichomes #homefortheholidays

Dreams do come true! Always with a little effort and imagination to grease the wheels! Don’t let 2020 get you down. ♥️ L...
12/11/2020

Dreams do come true! Always with a little effort and imagination to grease the wheels! Don’t let 2020 get you down. ♥️ Let your heart soar, remember every day what and WHO you are most grateful for and stay focused on all the possibilities ahead. Photo by @jennagreenawalt #cairnwoodcouples #princessbride #cairnwoodestate #covid19wedding

There is nothing sweeter than the perfect “first look.”Poignant, emotional, joyous...it is a moment as unique as the cou...
12/10/2020

There is nothing sweeter than the perfect “first look.”Poignant, emotional, joyous...it is a moment as unique as the couples. There are so many perfect settings in Cairnwood; it is hard to choose a favorite! Photo by @daria_m_photography #cairnwoodcouples #cairnwoodestate #firstlook #weddingphotography #forevermine

A winter wonderland Cairnwood style! The greatcoat winter livery was made by the historic 19th century Philadelphia comp...
12/07/2020

A winter wonderland Cairnwood style! The greatcoat winter livery was made by the historic 19th century Philadelphia company Jacob Reed’s Sons for family coachman Preston Hewlet—the photo in the foreground pictures a sleigh ride in 1919 with Preston driving Mildred Glenn Pitcairn and children. This is definitely the first time in 125 years of history that one of the sleighs from the collections is inside the house!
#historyiscool #cairnwoodestate #christmastour #vintagefashion #philadelphiahistory #jacobreedssons #cairnwoodestate #sleigh

Be the STAR of your own fairytale ♥️ Engagement season is here! When you choose a venue for your best day ever, remember...
12/05/2020

Be the STAR of your own fairytale ♥️ Engagement season is here! When you choose a venue for your best day ever, remember that the photos capture the memories forever! Repost from @colorfulem
Photo by: @jennagreenawalt





#cairnwoodcouples #cairnwoodestate
#weddingday #wedding #weddingdress #weddinginspiration #weddinginspiration #weddinghair #weddingshoes #bestdayever #weddingdetails #weddingphotos

Thank you, Senator Maria Collett!
12/03/2020

Thank you, Senator Maria Collett!

Get into the holiday spirit with these virtual and socially-distanced events throughout the month of December! #ToDoInThe12th

🎄 Union Library Company of Hatboro 𝗩𝗶𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗧𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗟𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴, 12/4 at 6:30pm: bit.ly/HatboroLighting

🎁 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗺𝗮𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 Mennonite Heritage Center, 12/5 at 9:30am: Bit.ly/FranconiaXmasMarket

🏘️ 𝗝𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗹𝗲 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗼𝗻 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 Upper Southampton Township Parks & Recreation, throughout December: bit.ly/SHLightTour

🎥 𝗦𝗶𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁: 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗶𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗘𝗿𝗮 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 The Ambler Theater, 12/10 at 7:30pm: Bit.ly/AmblerHolidayShorts

🎶 Hatfield Township 𝗗𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲-𝗜𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗟𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴, 12/11 at 7pm: bit.ly/HatfieldCaroling

🍿 𝗪𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗗𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗜𝗻 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 (𝗘𝗹𝗳) 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 Ben Wilson Senior Activity Center, 12/12 at 4pm: Bit.ly/WarminsterDriveIn

📜 𝗟𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮 𝗗𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝘂 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝘁 Horsham VFW Post 9788, 12/13 at 12pm: bit.ly/HorshamSanta

🌟 𝗟𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗟𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗹 𝗶𝗻 Bryn Athyn Historic District, 12/17 at 5pm: bit.ly/BrynAthynLights

🎅 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮’𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗽: 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗗𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲-𝗧𝗵𝗿𝘂 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 Montgomery Township Community and Recreation Center, 12/19 at 12pm: bit.ly/MontTwpSanta

🚒 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮’𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗧𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 North Penn Volunteer Fire Company, 12/19 at 12pm: bit.ly/NorthWalesSanta

Oh my, now that is a coat for a memorable entrance! Worn by Gabriele Pitcairn Pendleton, ca. 1930s—silk velvet and fox f...
12/03/2020

Oh my, now that is a coat for a memorable entrance! Worn by Gabriele Pitcairn Pendleton, ca. 1930s—silk velvet and fox fur. #cairnwood #christmasdecor #christmastour #brynathynhistoricdistrict #homefortheholidays

The Cairnwood Critters are normally quite shy, but during the holidays they are excited to help with the decorating and ...
12/01/2020

The Cairnwood Critters are normally quite shy, but during the holidays they are excited to help with the decorating and celebrations too! The Christmas Critter tour is fun for the whole family. Children will learn about life in a Gilded Age estate at the turn of the century while searching for the Cairnwood Critter families amongst opulent decorations. Tour availability is limited; every tour is private for one family or “pod” group at a time. Visit our website to book your tickets 🎄

Check out our special exhibition - Sumptuous & Snug: Striking Vintage Outerwear for the Holidays! Book a Socially Distan...
11/30/2020
Celebrate Christmas at Cairnwood! New Socially Distant "Guided Holiday Tours"

Check out our special exhibition - Sumptuous & Snug: Striking Vintage Outerwear for the Holidays! Book a Socially Distant "Guided Holiday Tours" at Cairnwood. https://cairnwood.org/activities/calendar-of-events/

Cairnwood is debuting an exclusive private tour for the holidays. A perfect socially distanced Christmas activity! Guided Holiday Tour The Estate will dazzle visitors with eight professionally decorat

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1005 Cathedral Rd
Bryn Athyn, PA
19006

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Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 20:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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(215) 947-2004

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