|Location||Ford Rd. & Greenland Dr.
E. Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
|Area||< 1-acre (4,000 m2)|
|Governing body||Fairmount Park Commission|
|NRHP Reference #||67000021|
|Added to NRHP||December 24, 1967|
Built in 1756, Woodford is the first of the great, opulent, late-Georgian mansions to be erected in the Philadelphia area. Woodford was built on 12 acres (49,000 m2) of land as a 1½-story summer residence by William Coleman, a wealthy merchant and justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Upon Coleman's death in 1769, the house was sold to Alexander Barclay, a Quaker who served as His Majesty's Customs Comptroller for the port of Philadelphia.
Upon Barclay's death in 1771, the house was bought by his brother-in-law, David Franks, who in 1772 added a second story and a kitchen wing, enlarging the house to almost its present size.
In 1778, Franks, a staunch loyalist, was arrested and ordered to leave. He took his family to New York, and transferred the property to Thomas Paschall in settlement of a debt. Paschall is believed never to have lived at the house, but rented it out. He sold it to Isaac Wharton in 1793.
In 1869, the city bought Woodford from Wharton's heirs to add to Fairmount Park. The house served as the home of the Park's Chief Engineer and Supervisor, and later, in 1912, as the Park Guard headquarters and traffic court.
The building was restored, commencing in 1927, and in 1930, it was opened to the public as a house museum, which it remains today. It houses, under the direction of the Naomi Wood Trust, the Naomi Wood collection of antique household goods, including Colonial furniture, unusual clocks, and English delftware.
- Official site
- Listing at the Fairmount Park Commission
- Listing at Philadelphia Architects and Buildings
- Listing, drawings, and photographs at the Historic American Buildings Survey
- Historic Photographs of Woodford, PhillyHistory.org