A Short History of Fox Chase, PA

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Brief History of Fox Chase

Fox Chase is a neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Originally part of the former Lower Dublin Township, it was incorporated into the City of Philadelphia, along with other neighborhoods in the township, after the Act of Consolidation, 1854, was passed. In. 1876, with the arrival of the railroad, many of the aristocrats in Philadelphia began to move to the area for suburban living. They built mansions and used the railroad easy an easy form of transportation into the city.

Today, the neighborhood has a population of 21,678 people. According to, it is the 45th best neighborhood to live in Philadelphia. Fox Chase offers an urban-suburban mix area feel. 58% of the residents in the area own their homes. The median home value is $208,682, and the median rent price is $997. 

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Knowlton Mansion

Knowlton Mansion is a mansion in the neighborhood of Fox Chase. Located on the corner of Rhawn Street and Verree Road, it was once the residence for William Rhawn. The three-story historic mansion was built in 1881 and designed by renowned 1800s architect Frank Furness. It is of the Gothic Revival architectural style. The home was named after Rhawn's wife's great-grandfather, John Knowles. In later years, it became the residence for Rober MacKay Green II, the son of the inventor of ice cream soda, Robert MacKay Green I. On October 1, 1974, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). On November 12, 1994, it was designated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). Today, the mansion is home to Conroy Catering.

Ryerss Mansion

Ryerss Mansion, or the Burholme Mansion, is a historic house in Fox Chase. The mansion was built in 1859 by merchant Joseph Waln Ryerss to overlooking Burholme Park. After Joseph's death, ownership of the home was passed down to his second wife Anne, then their son Robert, and then his wife, Mary Ann Reed. She was instructed to give the house to the City of Philadelphia after her death. In 1905, Mary gave the house to the city. It was subsequently turned into a park, museum and free library. The historic mansion now features a range of galleries showcasing the many artworks and pieces that were collected by the family throughout the years during their travels. On November 21, 1976, it was added to the NRHP.

Burholme Park

Burholme Park is one of the highest visited parks in Philadelphia. Located on the property of the Ryerss Mansion, it was left to the city by the Ryerss family. The park provides residents and visitors with recreational amenities such as:

  • Multipurpose fields
  • A football field
  • Three soccer fields
  • Three baseball diamonds
  • A playground
  • A driving range

During the winter season, the park is a popular designation for sledding because of its large hill. Its wooded areas is also a beautiful and scenic spot that stays true to its name, which means "house in a woodland setting." The Burholme Park is open every day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fox Chase Farm

Fox Chase Farm is a historic farm on Pine Road. The manor house was built in 1822 and designed by Irvin Glancy. It is one of the only two working farms left in the city of Philadelphia. Formerly known as Stanley for Lord Stanley, who was granted the land from William Penn, the farm was acquired by the city in 1975 from the Wistar family. The School District of Philadelphia now operates it as an educational farm. On May 10, 2005, it was listed on the NRHP as Stanley.

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