Fodor's Expert Review Wyck

Northwestern Philadelphia House/Mansion/Villa

Between the 1690s and 1973, Wyck sheltered nine generations of the Wistar-Haines family. Their accumulated furnishings are on display, along with ceramics, children's needlework, dolls, and artifacts generally contemporary with the mid-1800s. On one side is the oldest rose garden of in the United States, dating to the 1820s, which blooms in late May, as well as a magnolia tree from that time. Out back are a large lawn, where you can picnic, and a vegetable garden—the land has been continuously farmed since 1690. Known as the oldest house in Germantown, Wyck was used as a British field hospital after the Battle of Germantown. The home's current form dates to 1824, when William Strickland made alterations. Tours are offered and should be scheduled in advance, but the grounds are open for wandering, and there is a farmers' market offering fruits and produce grown on the grounds on Friday afternoons from May to November.


Quick Facts

6026 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19144, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $5, Free self-guided tours on Fri. noon–4 when farmers\' market is open

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