Trail Alert! The Schuylkill River Trail in Auburn of Schuylkill County will be closed as it will be used to transport coal silts for an environmental remediation project.

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Academy of Natural SciencesAllegheny Aqueduct Historical ParkAmerican Philosophical Society MuseumAmerican Swedish Historical MuseumAntietam Lake Park and Angora Fruit FarmAppalachian Trail ConservancyAppalachian TrailheadArtFusion 19464Awbury ArboretumBarnes FoundationBartram’s GardenBear Creek Environmental Area & Dr. James S. Shadle Nature CenterBelmont Mansion and Underground Railroad MuseumBerks County Genealogical SocietyBerks County Heritage CenterBerks NatureBicycle Coalition of Greater PhiladelphiaBinky Lee PreserveBlack Rock DamBlack Rock SanctuaryBlue Marsh LakeBlue Mountain Eagle Climbing ClubBoathouse RowBoyertown Museum of Historic VehiclesCabela’sCarousel at PottstownCedar Grove MansionCentral Perkiomen Valley ParkChester Springs StudiosCliveden of the National TrustColebrookdale Railroad: The Secret Valley LineColonial TheatreConrad Weiser HomesteadCrow’s Nest PreserveCynwyd Trail BridgeDaniel Boone HomesteadDelaware Valley Orienteering AssociationDestination Schuylkill RiverEast Falls GlassworksEastern State PenitentiaryEbenezer Maxwell MansionElmwood Park ZooEvansburg State ParkFairmount ParkFairmount Water Works Interpretive CenterFairview Union Sunday SchoolFitzwater Station Canoe and Kayak RentalsFort Mifflin on the DelawareFort Washington State ParkFranklin InstituteFrench Creek State ParkFricks Locks Village ToursGermantown White House (Deshler-Morris House)Goggleworks Center for the ArtsGoschenhoppen Historians, Inc.Great Valley Nature CenterGreen Lane ParkGreen Valleys AssociationGring’s Mill Recreation AreaGrumblethorpeGwynedd Wildlife PreserveHamburg Area Historical SocietyHamburg Field HouseHawk Mountain SanctuaryHermitage MansionHex Barn Art TourHighlands Mansion and GardensHistoric Houses of Fairmount ParkHistoric Joanna FurnaceHistoric RittenhouseTownHistoric Yellow SpringsHistorical Society of Berks County Museum and LibraryHistorical Society of Montgomery CountyHistorical Society of Schuylkill CountyHistorical Society of Phoenixville AreaHope LodgeHopewell Furnace National Historic SiteHunsicker’s GroveIndependence National Historical ParkJapanese House and GardenJenkins ArboretumJerry’s Classic Car MuseumJewish Museum of Eastern PAJohn Heinz National Wildlife RefugeJohn James Audubon at Mill GroveKernsville Dam Recreation AreaKeystone Canoe ClubKing of Prussia ShoppingKutztown Area Historical SocietyLaurel Hill CemeteryLaurel Hill MansionLeesport Locktender’s HouseLemon HillLocust Lake State ParkLorimer ParkLower Merion ConservancyLower Perkiomen Valley ParkManatawny Green Mini GolfManayunk Arts CenterManayunk TowpathMary Wood Park HouseMennonite Heritage CenterMill at AnselmaMolly Maguire Auto TourMonocacy Hill Recreation AreaMontgomery CemeteryMontgomery County Community College West CampusMorlatton VillageMorris ArboretumMutter MuseumNational Constitution CenterNational Iron & Steel Heritage MuseumNational Museum of American Jewish HistoryNicholas Stoltzfus HouseNolde Forest Environmental Education CenterNorristown Farm ParkOrwigsburg Historical Society & MuseumOur Town Foundation GalleryPA German Cultural Heritage CenterPaoli Battlefield Historical ParkPennypacker MillsPerkiomen TrailPerkiomen Watershed ConservancyPeter Wentz FarmsteadPhiladelphia Canoe ClubPhiladelphia History Museum at Atwater KentPhiladelphia Museum of ArtPhiladelphia ZooPhoenixville FoundryPioneer Tunnel Coal MinePlease Touch MuseumPort Clinton Peanut ShopPottsgrove ManorPottstown RiverwalkPowel HouseRailway Restoration Project 113Reading Area Community College Yocum LibraryReading Area Firefighters MuseumReading Blue Mountain & Northern RailroadReading PagodaReading Public MuseumReading Railroad Heritage MuseumRiver of Revolutions Interpretive CenterRiverbend Environmental Education CenterRosenbach Museum & LibraryRyerss Museum and LibrarySantander Arena and Performing Arts CenterSchuylkill BanksSchuylkill Canal Lock 60Schuylkill Canal Tow Path and LocksSchuylkill Center for Environmental EducationSchuylkill County Agricultural MuseumSchuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape InitiativeSchuylkill River Greenways NHASchuylkill River Trail BoardwalkSchwenkfelder Library & Heritage CenterSculpture ToursSovereign Majestic TheatreSpring-Ford Area Historical Society MuseumStentonStrawberry MansionSullivan’s BridgeSweetbriar MansionTake it Outdoors AdventuresTamaqua Train StationThe Speaker’s HouseThe WoodlandsTuscarora State ParkUniversity of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and AnthropologyUpper Schuylkill Valley ParkValley Forge National Historical ParkVenice Island Interpretive WalkVF Clothing Outlet CenterWalk In Art CenterWarwick County ParkWashington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (W3R)Welkinweir / Green Valley AssociationWissahickon Valley ParkWoodfordWoodmere Art MuseumWyckYuengling Brewery Tours

Grumblethorpe

5267 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19144 (Get Directions)

(215) 843-4820

Operating Hours

  • Second Saturday of every month from Noon - 4pm, April-October.
  • Additional private visits and tours can be readily scheduled by calling 215-843-4820.

Cost / Prices

  • Adults - $8
  • Seniors & Students - $6
  • Family - $20

Built in 1744 as a country summer home by wine importer John Wister, Grumblethorpe was originally known as “John Wister’s Big House” because it had multiple stories. Built from stone quarried on and oak cut from the Wisters’ extensive property, the house is a prime example of domestic Pennsylvania German architecture of the period. Intended as a summer retreat, the house was occupied also in winter in the year 1793 when the Wister family sought refuge from the yellow fever epidemic raging in Philadelphia. In the early 19th century, Charles Jones Wister I, grandson of John, made it his year-round residence. The family retained ownership until the 1950’s.

Members of the Wister family are known for their contributions to American literature, horticulture, historic preservation, and astronomy. Owen Wister, the author of the well-known novel of the American west, The Virginian lived nearby and spent summers in his youth there. Sally Wister, who lived in the house during the Revolution, kept a diary of her experience and perspective on the changing nation. Her diary remains in publication today and provides insight into the thoughts of teenagers in the 18th century. Charles Jones Wister, who named the house Grumblethorpe after reading the humorous 19th century book Thinks I to Myself, was known for his finely-crafted scientific tools and his broad knowledge of the sciences. Charles kept a weather diary and recorded the weather every day for decades. Today, these records are still used by forecasters in the Philadelphia region as a benchmark for declaring the hottest or coldest day on record.

Period furnishings and the personal property of the Wister family who occupied the home for over one hundred and sixty years are displayed throughout the house. The large gardens surrounding the house have been restored to resemble the gardens as they appeared when Charles Wister, John Wister’s grandson, inhabited the home.

Features
  • Admission Fee
  • Located in a historic district
  • National Register of Historic Places