The "grand dame" of Fairmount Park houses, Mount Pleasant has been known for over 225 years as one America's great architectural gems. The colorful Scottish sea captain and American patriot, John McPherson, built the house and two outbuildings in a Scottish interpretation of the Georgian style.
Built at the height of the Chippendale fashion in America, this elaborate example of 18th century building and carving occupies an important place in America's architectural history. Palladian windows, a roof balustrade and flanking outbuildings are exterior features contributing to this excellent example of a perfectly symmetrical Georgian country villa.
You may have heard of a couple of Mount Pleasant's owners: Benedict Arnold, who bought the house for his fiancee, and Jonathan Williams, Ben Franklin's great nephew and the first superintendent of West Point. Surprisingly, after it was incorporated into Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant became a dairy providing fresh milk and ice cream to city children.
Must See: The renowned architectural carving
Admission: Adults-$3; Students and Children (12 and under)-Free
From the Philadelphia Art Museum driveway, turn left at the traffic light onto Kelly Drive. About a mile beyond the Lincoln Statue, turn right at the Grant Monument equestrian statue (Fountain Green Drive) and take the first left onto Mount Pleasant Drive.