If you’ve ever driven by one of Montgomery County’s grand old homes and wondered what it would be like to stroll the grounds or experience a few hours at one of these grand estates, this summer is your chance. Two local estates are hosting events where visitors can tour the buildings and learn about daily life decades ago.
Happy Hour with the Historian
859 County Line Road
Horsham, PA 19044
Historic Graeme Park in Horsham is hosting a Happy Hour with the Historian on Thursday, June 21 from 6 to 8 pm. Part of an ongoing series, this month’s event will feature local author Heather Greenleaf, author of the newly released An Imperfection in the Kitchen Floor. The fictional story takes place in Willow Grove, PA and Heather will share from her research and extensive knowledge of Willow Grove Park. She will also talk about the development and architecture of the neighborhoods and everyday life in Willow Grove from 1910-1925. Learn too about the locals who served in WWI and the terrible train wreck in Bryn Athyn that changed the railroad laws forever.
The program is held outdoors (inside in case of bad weather) and begins with food and drinks followed by a brief talk. There is a $5 cover charge along with a cash bar and food. There is no cover charge for members. The bar opens at 6 pm, followed by the lecture at 7 pm.
Landmarks in Lights
Bryn Athyn Historic District
1005 Cathedral Rd, Bryn Athyn PA 19009
Be sure not to miss the magical evening tour experience in the Bryn Athyn Historic District during their annual event, Landmarks in Lights. The grounds and select buildings will be illuminated and open for free tours to the public on Tues, June 26, from 8 to 11pm.
Three architecturally distinct structures in the Bryn Athyn Historic District are designated as National Historic Landmarks. Bryn Athyn Cathedral with glorious stained glass windows will be open for tours. Cairnwood Estate, once the home of John Pitcairn, will be open for self-guided tours for a $5 per person fee. All 3 floors of the mansion will be accessible, including the tower. Wine and beer will be available for purchase by the glass for guests 21 and older. The Garden House will also have free admission and an opportunity to view the “Cairnwood Family Gallery.”
The Glencairn Museum will also be open with free admission to the first floor. Included are exhibitions, an orientation video, and a free cell phone audio tour. Rides to the Tower for a magnificent view of the area are available for a $5 per person fee.
Free parking is available throughout the Bryn Athyn Historic District. Because of the age and design of the buildings, some areas are not wheelchair accessible. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The district’s beautiful and award winning gardens will also be open to explore.
For more information and directions, visit https://www.bahistoricdistrict.org or call 215-947-2004.