The Woodlands’ 54-acre undulating landscape is at once a one-of-a-kind 18th-century English pleasure garden, 19th-century rural cemetery, and a modern green oasis for its neighbors in bustling University City and West Philadelphia. The Woodlands was designated a National Historic Landmark District in recognition of its unique history and rich resources. Actively used today, the cemetery, mansion, landscape, and programs are an educational resource for local school children, community residents, university students, as well as for a small, highly motivated cadre of scholars seeking further understanding of American architectural and botanical history, urban development, and the origin and growth of West Philadelphia.
Today, our mission is to enrich the lives of area residents and visitors by serving as a hub for activities and educational programs that interpret, celebrate and make available to the public The Woodlands’ historic buildings and tranquil green space.
...Whereby the beautiful landscape and scenery of that situation (Hamilton’s Estate) may be perpetually preserved, and its ample space for the free circulation of air, and groves of trees afford a security against encroachments upon the dead, and health and solace to the living.
---Articles of Incorporation of The Woodlands Cemetery Company, 1840
Our Community Partners
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Curio Theatre Company
James G. Kaskey Memorial Park and Biology Greenhouses
St. Francis de Sales Parish & School
Philadelphia Orchard Project
University City Arts League
University City District University of Pennsylvania
University of the Sciences
Martha and The Lost, WHYY Friday Arts January 2015
Estate of Mind: Earthly pleasures in Gilbert's new novel, The Philadelphia Inquirer (PDF)
September 27, 2013
The Woodlands, Tour America's Treasures
March 20, 2013
Seeking refuge, finding perspective, The Philadelphia Inquirer
January 28, 2013
Telling of trees: the Ginkgo, NewWorks
January 24, 2013
Face-Lift at The Woodlands, Hidden City Philadelphia
November 3, 2011
HMP to Renovate Woodlands Facade, Hidden City Philadelphia
October 20, 2011
Woodlands Digging for Direction, Hidden City Philadelphia
October 18, 2011
The Woodlands, then and now, PlanPhilly
February 17, 2009
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4000 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104