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Victorian Museums in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

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In 1827 in New York, Ebenezer Maxwell took the plunge and moved away from his hometown in his early 20's for a job opportunity in Philadelphia. Several years later, he married his wife Anna Smith, who was raised in a wealthy family.

Shortly after his wife's father's passing, the couple decided to move out of the hustle and bustle and into a quiet residential community north of the city. The couple wanted to build a home from the ground up for them and their future children; thus, the Maxwell Mansion was constructed.

In 1862, only three years after the Maxwell Mansion was built, he sold the home to the Hunter-Stevenson family and has been a part of their line ever since.

Museum Collections

The garden landscaping around the mansion was created to reflect two time periods in the Victorian Era. With those two inspirations in mind, architect Reed Engle designed the garden's grounds, one in the northwest triangle and the other southeast portion of the garden.

The Downing Garden was based on the philosophy of Andrew Jackson Downing from The Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening. At the same time, the other was designed after Art of Beautifying Suburban Grounds by Frank Scott.

If you take a look inside the Mansion, you'll notice two different time periods showcased on each floor. The first floor visualizes the era when the Maxwell's occupied the home. The second floor displayed decor from the 1880s when the Hunter-Stevenson family inhabited the home.

Visit

The Victorian museum is known for its Victorian-themed picnic party, where you have the opportunity to dress up and mingle with other guests as you learn about the time era. Guests can also join workshops to participate in interactive and educational programs that everyone will enjoy.

To find more outdoor activities in Philadelphia, check out our next article on PCC.

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Date Published: January 20, 2021
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