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Mount Pleasant
3800 Mount Pleasant Drive
Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Cross Street: Fountain Green Drive
Hours Of Operation
Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Scottish ship captain John Macpherson (1726–1792) and his first wife, Margaret, built their grand country estate on this site—high atop cliffs overlooking the Schuylkill River—between 1762 and 1765. They employed as their builder-architect Thomas Nevell (1721–1797), an apprentice of Edmund Woolley, the builder of Independence Hall. The breath-taking beauty of the house’s interiors and vistas, the elegance Mount Plesantof the lifestyle of colonial elites, and the curiosities of Captain Macpherson’s life are all on display at Mount Pleasant. The rooms in this colonial masterpiece feature the craftsmanship of some of the leading Philadelphia artisans, such as carver Martin Jugiez.

Both Macpherson and Nevell intended to make a bold statement with this house. Macpherson could announce his ambition to join established Philadelphia society, whose greatest city houses Mount Pleasant certainly rivaled. Nevell hoped to demonstrate his considerable craft and architectural knowledge. Together, they built one of the grandest homes along the Schuylkill, one that John Adams, on a visit to the residence in 1775, declared "the most elegant seat in Pennsylvania." Today, Mount Pleasant is considered one of the greatest American houses of its type, still standing on its original site in what is now Fairmount Park.

  • Admission: Admission fees are payable at each house.
    Adults, $5; Senior citizens, $3; Children (ages 6–12), $2
    Admission is free for children under six, and admission to Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove is free for members of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  • Take a stroll: Offered seasonally. This tour involves walking as well as some stairs; tours are held weather-permitting
    Take a scenic stroll along Philadelphia's beautiful Boathouse Row, with a look at sculpture and architecture in close proximity to the Museum. Tours last approximately 90 minutes. They depart on Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m. (May 6 through mid-September, 2011) from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's West Entrance. Members $5; Nonmembers $6
    Tours: 15 people or more with your own transportation can reserve step-on trained Philadelphia Museum of Art Park House Guides include.
  • Cedar Grove
  • Laurel Hill
  • Lemon Hill
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Sweetbriar
  • Woodford Mansion
  • Stewartship: Set aside a day and come on out to Fairmount Park. We guarantee that after volunteering, you'll know you made a difference (and we're hoping for return visits). Together, we can make neighborhoods better, keep our historic sites in mint condition, protect our open spaces and parklands, and improve the overall quality of life in our communities and the city.
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