Main Line Visit
Departing from Park Avenue and 72nd Street
For the safety of our members, we have decided to reschedule our June 13, 2020, Main Line visit to June 2021 (the exact date will be announced later). If you signed up for this year and would like to be reimbursed, contact us.
The AFGG will tour the Main Line outside Philadelphia this summer, which are the towns that follow the railroad out of the city. By the turn of the 20th century, many grand estates were built along this line. We will visit a number of these, including Ardrossan, the great estate built by Horace Trumbauer (one of the architects of the Philadelphia Art Museum) and lived in by members of the Montgomery/Scott/Wheeler extended family from October 1912 to present day. It has a fascinating history, chronicled by David Wren's recent book Ardrossan. The setting for The Philadelphia Story also was inspired by this house.
Another stop on the tour is Radnor Hunt Club, the oldest hunt club in America,established in 1883. We will have lunch there and see their incredible collection of sporting art.
We then will visit the famous Erdenheim, a working farm. This tranquil and verdant land is home to prize-winning Cheviot sheep, Black Angus cattle, and elegant Morgan horses. Situated on close to 450 acres, Erdenheim Farm remains one of the last sanctuaries of pastoral life within the greater Philadelphia area.
After that, we will stop by Ivy Mills and see the old paper mill for which the district is named, as well as the clerk's house (built circa 1830), and the Ivy Mills Mansion House (built 1837), the Wilcox family estate.
An additional Georgian home may be added to the agenda. Please sign up as soon as possible, as space is limited and our out-of-town trips fill quickly.