Glen Foerd

Glen Foerd Glen Foerd is an historic riverfront estate and museum. For hours of operation please visit our website www.glenfoerd.org. Glen Foerd on the Delaware is the last remaining Delaware River estate open to the public in the City of Philadelphia.
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Established circa 1850, the Gilded Age mansion’s wealthy owners and hardworking servants’ stories chronicle the history of America as an emerging industrial power. The estate's grounds are free to the public and open everyday from dawn to dusk. Glen Foerd is a Fairmount Park property operated by the Glen Foerd Conservation Corporation in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and supported in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

Established circa 1850, the Gilded Age mansion’s wealthy owners and hardworking servants’ stories chronicle the history of America as an emerging industrial power. The estate's grounds are free to the public and open everyday from dawn to dusk. Glen Foerd is a Fairmount Park property operated by the Glen Foerd Conservation Corporation in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and supported in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

Mission: Glen Foerd on the Delaware preserves and enhances the historic Glen Foerd estate for our community and offers experiences that foster creativity, innovation and an appreciation of the natural world.

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You deserve a break! Pop by tomorrow, Friday the 13th, from 10am-2pm to check out Glen Foerd's art collection on a FREE ...
11/12/2020

You deserve a break! Pop by tomorrow, Friday the 13th, from 10am-2pm to check out Glen Foerd's art collection on a FREE self-guided tour. We just re-hung a staff favorite--"The Madonna Lily" by Edith Emerson, partner of Violet Oakley and a former curator at @woodmereart . No advanced registration required.⠀

#EdithEmerson #VioletOakley #PhillyArtists #PhiladelphiaArtists #Curator #GlenFoerd #PhillyHistory

It's going to be a gorgeous weekend, and there's no better place to spend it than at Glen Foerd! Join us for a kite-maki...
11/05/2020

It's going to be a gorgeous weekend, and there's no better place to spend it than at Glen Foerd! Join us for a kite-making workshop held by Suzanne Seesman, a Philadelphia-based artist.

https://www.glenfoerd.org/events/kitemakingoctober

(Image: Violet Oakley)

Last week we had the privilege of having over 80 works of art from Glen Foerd’s collection photographed! Many of these h...
11/02/2020

Last week we had the privilege of having over 80 works of art from Glen Foerd’s collection photographed! Many of these have never been on display. Stay tuned as we share a few of our favorites AND release two online exhibitions in the coming months!

LAST CHANCE to sign up for our Thanksgiving Clay Platter Workshop, facilitated by @theclaystudiophl on Sunday, November ...
10/29/2020

LAST CHANCE to sign up for our Thanksgiving Clay Platter Workshop, facilitated by @theclaystudiophl on Sunday, November 1 at 10am. Your one of a kind clay platter will be ready to use on your table this holiday season! Link in bio to register.

We’re so excited to have our friends at @freelibrary on site this Friday, October 30, during our open viewing hours! Get...
10/29/2020

We’re so excited to have our friends at @freelibrary on site this Friday, October 30, during our open viewing hours! Get ready for Halloween with some spooky stories from 10:30-11:30AM at Glen Foerd 🎃 Great for children PreK and older. If you want to get in the mood, check out @torresdaleflp’s virtual haunted house with lots of fun crafts and surprises. Check their profile for details 👻

The house will be open from 10AM-2PM on Friday to all who want to visit, so come on over! We have extra PPE on site if you need a 😷

Glen Foerd is ready for fall! 🍁 Stop by on Fridays from 10am-2pm for a free self guided tour of the mansion, and check o...
10/22/2020

Glen Foerd is ready for fall! 🍁 Stop by on Fridays from 10am-2pm for a free self guided tour of the mansion, and check out the changing autumn colors in our 18-acre park while you’re here!

Thank you to our volunteer Joyce for the beautiful porch decorations! 🎃

Join us this Friday at Glen Foerd to learn more about three rare books from our incredible archive! From 1-2pm, we'll ha...
10/14/2020

Join us this Friday at Glen Foerd to learn more about three rare books from our incredible archive! From 1-2pm, we'll have works by Violet Oakley and William Blake on display, in addition to a rare folio collection of prints of Native American leaders. This free, informal "show and tell" will allow you to examine these works up close and ask questions of Glen Foerd's staff.⠀

Glen Foerd is open every Friday from 10am-2pm for self-guided tours of the mansion.

Next Saturday! Join Melissa Gyuraki, Wellness Director of @nefamilyymca as she leads us through a group run and yoga com...
10/11/2020

Next Saturday! Join Melissa Gyuraki, Wellness Director of @nefamilyymca as she leads us through a group run and yoga combination workout on Glen Foerd’s grounds and beautiful Fluehr Park🧘🏻‍♂️ Enjoy the beauty of Fall as the colors begin to change all around! All levels and paces welcome. Sign up through the link in our bio 🍂 #eventsinphilly #urbanexploration #yoga #wellness #phillyparks

Are you a fan of history, art, or architecture? Join Glen Foerd staff this Sunday to learn more about Glen Foerd's fasci...
10/06/2020

Are you a fan of history, art, or architecture? Join Glen Foerd staff this Sunday to learn more about Glen Foerd's fascinating evolution over the past 170 years. This socially distanced tour provides a great opportunity for friends and family to come together and explore!

https://www.glenfoerd.org/events/outdoorguidedtour-r4tpy-twkjx-4frp4

#GlenFoerd #GuidedTour #HistoricHouseMuseum #PhillyHistory #NortheastPhiladelphia #NortheastPhilly #EventsinPhilly

This past spring, as many of us were adjusting to the new realities of life, we were heartened to see many new faces at ...
10/02/2020

This past spring, as many of us were adjusting to the new realities of life, we were heartened to see many new faces at Glen Foerd. There were families playing hide-and-go-seek, neighbors from East Torresdale and beyond, and more canine friends than we could count. Despite the pandemic, Glen Foerd has continued to serve as a site that inspires and uplifts—a public park that provides respite for local communities. Today, we’re asking you to give generously to ensure Glen Foerd remains a resource for the residents of Philadelphia and beyond. Are you able to join us by making a donation?

https://www.glenfoerd.org/donate

#GlenFoerd #HistoricPreservation #HistoricHousesPhilly #PhillyHistory #NortheastPhilly #NortheastPhiladelphia #myphillypark

Thanks to everyone who came out this weekend for our first public on-water programs! 🚣‍♀️ Next summer we’ll be offering ...
09/30/2020

Thanks to everyone who came out this weekend for our first public on-water programs! 🚣‍♀️ Next summer we’ll be offering kayak tours of the beautiful Delaware River nearly every weekend! 🌊

#delawareriver #glenfoerd #boathouse #kayaking #kayakingadventures

Join acclaimed artist Suzanne Seesman in this kite making workshop! Using recycled materials from Glen Foerd, each parti...
09/29/2020

Join acclaimed artist Suzanne Seesman in this kite making workshop! Using recycled materials from Glen Foerd, each participant will create their own flyable kite. This event is hosted on October 10 at Glen Foerd.

Tickets available here: https://www.glenfoerd.org/events/kitemakingoctober

#phillyartists #kitemaking #eventsinphilly #glenfoerd

We’re open tomorrow from 10am-2pm! Stop by for this FREE self guided tour of the house.
09/25/2020

We’re open tomorrow from 10am-2pm! Stop by for this FREE self guided tour of the house.

Are you a Philadelphia-based artist? Check out our residency program! We're accepting applications through November 11, ...
09/23/2020

Are you a Philadelphia-based artist? Check out our residency program! We're accepting applications through November 11, and the selected artist will receive a $3,000 stipend for their work and material. ⠀

Past resident artists have created site-specific works related to Glen Foerd's landscape, history, and collection, and have used their work to engage the public through various events and programs. Additional information on this opportunity can be found using the link in our bio.⠀

#glenfoerd #artistresidency #artistresidencies #phillyartist #phillyart #phillyarts

09/18/2020
Celebrate the week's end with a FREE self-guided tour of the Glen Foerd mansion from 10AM-2PM tomorrow. No advanced regi...
09/17/2020

Celebrate the week's end with a FREE self-guided tour of the Glen Foerd mansion from 10AM-2PM tomorrow. No advanced registration is necessary, and masks are required. We hope to see you there!⠀

#historytour #glenfoerd #myphillypark #phillyhistory #northeastphiladelphia #northeastphilly

UPDATE: We're sold out for September 26, but have added another kayak trip on Sunday, September 27, from 10:30am-12:30pm...
09/16/2020

UPDATE: We're sold out for September 26, but have added another kayak trip on Sunday, September 27, from 10:30am-12:30pm. Register here:

https://www.glenfoerd.org/events/2020/9/26/kayaking-excursion-2dz29

Looking for an outdoor activity? Join us on September 26 for a 2-hour kayak trip along the Poquessing Creek and Delaware River! Led by a certified instructor, this adventure is appropriate for all skill levels. Tickets are currently being sold in pairs only.

*TOMORROW at 5PM* We're talking to Maya, Dana, and Chris of the Dox Thrash House Project-- and you're invited! Learn mor...
09/15/2020

*TOMORROW at 5PM* We're talking to Maya, Dana, and Chris of the Dox Thrash House Project-- and you're invited! Learn more about their Black Futures Campaign and next steps towards making the historic @dox.thrash house into a community center. 🌟We love this project and think you will too. Join us on Zoom -- Link in bio to register for this free discussion!⠀

#HistoricHouse #PhillyEvents #VirtualTalk #PhillyHistory #Printmaking #Philadelphia #PhiladelphiaArchitecture #DoxThrash #HistoricPreservation #Activism #CommunityArt #CommunityFutures

09/14/2020

We’re excited to announce our open call for next year’s residency program at Glen Foerd! This opportunity is open to Philadelphia-based artists who are interested in creating site-specific work related to Glen Foerd’s landscape, history, and collections.

Submissions are open from now through November 11, and the selected artist will receive a $3,000 stipend for their work and materials.

https://www.glenfoerd.org/2021-air-applicants

#glenfoerd #artistresidency #artistresidencies #phillyartist #phillyart #phillyarts

What a great day to be outside! It’s hard to beat this view.
09/12/2020

What a great day to be outside! It’s hard to beat this view.

09/12/2020
09/11/2020
Stop by Glen Foerd tomorrow from 10am-2pm for a FREE self-guided house tour. Masks are required and COVID-19 precautions...
09/10/2020

Stop by Glen Foerd tomorrow from 10am-2pm for a FREE self-guided house tour. Masks are required and COVID-19 precautions are in effect.⠀

#housetours #historichouses #selfguidedtour #phillyhistory

09/10/2020

The Philadelphia Honey Festival is back! We’re proud to partner with the @phillybeeguild @wyckhouse and @bartramsgarden to present this virtual festival! Tune in to our page tomorrow at 5:00pm to catch our livestream from Glen Foerd!

Our current artists in residence, Jaime Alvarez and Jennifer Johnson, are working away on their new installations in the...
09/10/2020

Our current artists in residence, Jaime Alvarez and Jennifer Johnson, are working away on their new installations in the house. We can't wait to show you how brilliant they are 💥✨⁣⠀
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We're also really excited to open our applications for the 2021 residency later this week. Check out our website for more info, and tell your friends! This is a great opportunity for Philly-based artists to make new work in a unique setting. ⁣⠀
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#glenfoerd #artistinresidence #sitespecific #phlartists #phillyartist #opencallforartists #phillyunknown #NortheastPhilly #philalandmarks #philly #historicarchitecture #cyanotype

Next Wednesday at 5PM, join the organizers of the @dox.thrash Black Futures Campaign for an online discussion about thei...
09/08/2020

Next Wednesday at 5PM, join the organizers of the @dox.thrash Black Futures Campaign for an online discussion about their project: Saving the historic home of printmaker Dox Thrash and securing its economic future along the Cecil B. Moore business corridor. When restored, the Dox Thrash house will support art and equitable development for the community. Register online through the link in our bio! 🌻

Image by @ryan_collerd

Derived from the Lenape word "Poetquessnink," meaning "place of the mice," the Poquessing Creek at the Delaware River wa...
09/02/2020

Derived from the Lenape word "Poetquessnink," meaning "place of the mice," the Poquessing Creek at the Delaware River was initially proposed as a site for settling William Penn's Philadelphia. Today it forms the border between Philadelphia and Bucks County.⠀

Thanks @floydbkelley for the great shot!⠀

#NortheastPhilly #MyPhillyPark #PhillyHistory #Glen Foerd

Mark your calendars! Glen Foerd will be opening its doors on Fridays from 10am-2pm for self-guided house tours, beginnin...
09/01/2020

Mark your calendars! Glen Foerd will be opening its doors on Fridays from 10am-2pm for self-guided house tours, beginning September 11. Can't make it during the week? Stay tuned for plenty of weekend events coming up.

Northeast Philadelphia History Network
08/31/2020

Northeast Philadelphia History Network

Historical Estates Along the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia - Zoom meeting September 2, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Free and open to all!

The monthly meetings of the Northeast Philadelphia History Network are back!

Following cancellation of our spring meetings due to the COVID shutdown and then our traditional summer break, the NEPHN monthly meetings will resume on September 2, 2020. NEPHN meetings are held the first Wednesday evening of each month at 7:00 PM. The September through December meetings will be held virtually via Zoom; hopefully, we will be able to resume in-person meetings at our regular meeting place at historic Pennepack Baptist Church in 2021.

Everyone on our mailing list will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting in a separate email. If you wish to be added to the email list, send an email to [email protected].

For those unfamiliar with Zoom, a tutorial is available at: https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-join-a-zoom-meeting

NEPHN meetings are always free and open to all. No reservations are required.

Historical Estates Along
the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia

Speaker: Jack McCarthy, Archivist/Historian

An illustrated lecture focusing on the grand estates and mansions that were situated along the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia in the eighteenth through early twentieth century. See historical images of and hear the stories behind many of the elegant, now long-gone riverfront estates of Frankford, Wissinoming, Tacony, Holmesburg, and Torresdale.

Andalusia Historic House, Gardens and Arboretum
08/31/2020

Andalusia Historic House, Gardens and Arboretum

The Green Walk at Andalusia in late summer. Part of @aralennoxboyd new gardens installed in 2017.
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Learn from Glen Foerd staff on this guided tour of the historic estate! Space is limited and tickets are selling quickly...
08/11/2020

Learn from Glen Foerd staff on this guided tour of the historic estate! Space is limited and tickets are selling quickly, so get yours today! Register using the link in our bio

*Tickets still available for our Forest Therapy event on Sunday!* 🌱Escape your daily routine and get lost in nature duri...
08/07/2020

*Tickets still available for our Forest Therapy event on Sunday!* 🌱

Escape your daily routine and get lost in nature during this guided outdoor session led by a Certified Horticultural Therapist! Tickets are $20, $15 for members. Details on our website. 🌿

#foresttherapy #foresttherapyphiladelphia #phillyevents

Glen Foerd is proud to be joining @artreachphilly as its newest ACCESS Philly location! ACCESS Cardholders are invited t...
08/05/2020

Glen Foerd is proud to be joining @artreachphilly as its newest ACCESS Philly location! ACCESS Cardholders are invited to attend Glen Foerd's programs at just $2/person + up to three guests. Thanks, Art-Reach, for all that you to make cultural organizations like Glen Foerd more accessible!

Address

5001 Grant Ave
Philadelphia, PA
19114

General information

We are open by appointment only January through March. From April through December our Open Hour Tours are offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM. Open Hour Tours can be subject to change, so please consult with the museum's website or call for details. Check out our website for upcoming events and news!

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00
Friday 09:30 - 17:00

Telephone

(215) 632-5330

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Glen Foerd is an 18-acre public park and historic site that serves as an important cultural resource for the local community. The organization’s most frequent and involved visitors are long-time residents of nearby neighborhoods, including seniors and families. The educational and cultural programs offered as part of Glen Foerd’s “Access & Audience” initiative amplify the organization’s important artistic and cultural assets to deepen engagement with visitors across the region and across age groups. As Northeast Philadelphia diversifies with growing populations, Glen Foerd—one of the only museums located in Northeast Philadelphia—aims to serve and connect audience members from different backgrounds while offering unique experiences with on-water activities, environmental education, horticultural experiences, history, and the arts.

The Glen Foerd Conservation Corporation was founded in 1983 by a group of dedicated neighbors who saved the site from development. Today Glen Foerd houses a robust collection of fine and decorative art objects, including paintings by Thomas Sully, Violet Oakley, Thomas Lawrence, and Joshua Reynolds, in addition to a number of site-specific contemporary works of art created through an annual artists-in-residence program. Listed on the National Register for Historic Places and qualifying as a historic arboretum, Glen Foerd leverages its important artistic and cultural assets through its educational programs. The organization is dedicated to serving as a resource for diverse community members both in the local neighborhood and beyond.

Glen Foerd serves Northeast Philadelphia through multidisciplinary arts, history, and environmental programs. Glen Foerd is also a destination for regional audiences drawn to green space, architecture, and the visual and decorative arts, serving approximately 35,000 visitors annually. Program offerings include house tours, performances, drop-in art-making programs, environmental and boating programs, as well as lectures addressing a variety of themes. Through partnerships with other Philadelphia non-profits, Glen Foerd offers highly discounted tickets to its programs for diverse audiences throughout the region.

Glen Foerd’s recent successes demonstrate the organization’s skill in facilitating opportunities to experience the estate in new and creative ways, its strength in creating executing big ideas with a small staff, and its effectiveness in building strong partnerships. Glen Foerd’s environmental education programs and contemporary artists-in-residence program both enhance visitors’ experiences and add depth to the stories the organization is able to tell as a public park and historic site.

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