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.
Note: The above descriptive information came from the organization's About page.
In The News
- From handwritten cards to data visualization: Mapping Woodlands Cemetery with GIS, Hidden City Philadelphia, December 27, 2019.
- A Fine And Public Space: Preservationists Revive Philadelphia’s Historic Cemeteries As Vibrant Spaces For The Living, Hidden City Philadelphia, May 21, 2019.
- Nature Nights return to The Woodlands Friday with Firefly Night, West Philly Local, June 22, 2017.
- Saying farewell to the last remaining grove of English Elms in the country, Plan Philly, March 13, 2017.
- Volunteer: Volunteer at The Woodlands!