33rd and Dauphin Sts., 215/229-6115
HOURS: Tues.–Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
COST: $5 adult, $3 senior, $2 child 6–12, and free under 6
Woodford is a classic example of Philadelphia Georgian architecture for the elite. Furnished with 18th- and 19th-century furnishings, it also contains a large collection of English, Continental, and American decorative arts.
In 1756, William Coleman bought this tract of land along the Schuylkill River. He built the home, which was originally one story. The second story and back wing was added later by David Franks, but the house was confiscated from him during the Revolution due to his British sympathies.
It was later acquired by Isaac Wharton, whose mother, Rebecca Rawle, built nearby Laurel Hill Mansion, and it stayed in that family until it was acquired by the city in 1868.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition