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Woodland Mansion
4000 Woodland Avenue
University City
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Cross Street: Woodland Terrace
215.386.2181  
Hours Of Operation
Cemeteryis Open Daily The Mansion is Open Monday through Thursday. Call for more information.

William Hamilton was born in Philadelphia to a wealthy family of colonial lawyers and politicians. In 1766, at the age of 21, he inherited over 275 acres of land on the west side of the Schuylkill River. There he built a classical villa with a two-story columned portico overlooking the waterway. After the Revolution,Woodland Mansion Exterior Hamilton traveled to England and visited grand country estates.

By his return in 1786 he had determined to rebuild his house in the adventurously modern classical taste pioneered by British architects Robert and James Adam. He more than doubled the villa’s size, devising major additions to the east and west. The reworked first floor greeted the visitor with three social spaces of contrasting shapes leading from a domed vestibule. Full kitchen and service facilities were incorporated in a windowed cellar. At The Woodlands one finds the earliest full realization in this country of many of the characteristics of the Federal style, which would reign over American architecture for the next few decades.

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  • Famous Plots:
  • Hartman Bache (1797-1872) Section I Lot # 829-831
  • Robert Beath (1839-1914) Section L Lot # 240
  • Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle (1874-1948) Section L Lot # 190
  • Ann Bartram Carr (1779-1858) Section C Lot # 229 Robert Carr (1778-1866) C Lot # 229
  • Alice Fisher (1839-1888) Section N Lot # 360
  • Rembrandt Peale (1778-1860) Section F Lot # 65
  • William Rush (1756-1833) Section E Lot # 11
  • Admiral Charles Stewart (1778-1869) Section L Lot # 195
  • Charles Wadsworth (1814-1882) Section H Lot # 288
  • And Many More Cemetery Plot Map
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