Historic Grange Estate

The Grange Estate is a historic mansion that was built by Henry Lewis Jr. It is located in Havertown, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County, in the suburbs of Philadelphia. It sits on a hillside above Cobbs Creek. The Grange Estate is also known as Clifton Hall and Maen-Coch. The main house was built in 1750. It was expanded a few times throughout the 1850’s. In 1974, Haverford Township purchased the Grange Estate. In 1976 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places as The Grange.

The mansion is a Gothic Revival style. It is shown in the state that it was in at the turn of the 20th century. In addition, the grounds also display Victorian gardens.

 

Henry Lewis arrived in Haverford Township in 1682 and built his home on 500 acres. He built the first section of the mansion in 1700. Then in 1730 he added the stair hall and library. Henry Lewis III sold the property to Captain John Wilcos in 1750. Wilcox added to the home and made changes to the original structure. During the late 18th Century, the house was owned by John Ross who was a patriot and Philadelphia merchant. He named his country estate after the home of Lafayette. George Washington and Lafayette were among he notable historic figures to frequent the house.

 

Manual Eyre, Jr purchased the house in 1815. He was the son of Washington aide Manual Eyre. During the Revolution, Manual Eyre served with Washington The Eyre family held the estate from 1815 to 1846, and then from 1848 to 1911 through their Ashhurst cousins. This was longer than any other to hold the estate.

After the death of Ashhurst’s sons, the mansion may have been unoccupied from 1911 to 1913. The mansion was then occupied by another family, the Hoffman’s, from 1913 until 1974. At this time, it was sold to the Haverford Historical Society.

 

The mansion is now a museum and community center. Tours are available from April to October and then during the December holidays. The grounds and house are open to the public year round. In addition, the Grange Estates offers its historic site and beautiful scenery as a special location for weddings. Weddings at the Grange Estates are considered outdoor events as the beautiful mansion creates a wonderful backdrop for the affair. Access to the Mansion during these events for guests in generally limited to use of the restrooms. All beverages and food must be consumed outdoors. 

 

Historic Grange Estate is located at 143 Myrtle Ave, Havertown, Pennsylvania 19083

 

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