Underground Railroad Museum at Belmont Mansion in Philadelphia, PA.

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Learn about American History from the house that Lived it.

Experience 18th and 19th century history through the events and lives of people associated with Belmont Mansion in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA. Our house museum is dedicated to colonial history and the 19th century network of people and places known as the "underground railroad."

Built in the early eighteenth century, the Mansion is one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in the United States. The Belmont Mansion property became part of Fairmount Park in 1869, and is now an underground railroad museum open to the public for tours.

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Mourning the passing and celebrating the life of Audrey R. Johnson-Thornton

Audrey R. Johnson-Thornton, 93, mother of our dear friend, close colleague, and fellow school choice advocate, Dr. Naomi Johnson-Booker, has gone home to her Lord. Mrs. Audrey was the force behind the restoration of Belmont Mansion and a respected figure in black women’s service organizations. She passed away at home Monday, April 8.

A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Belmont Mansion, 2000 Belmont Mansion Dr. Another viewing starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20, will be followed by 10 a.m. funeral services at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5421 Germantown Ave. Burial will be in Westminster Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd.


Summer Docent Camp at the Historic Belmont Mansion
West Fairmount Park | Three two-week sessions available | Mondays – Thursdays | Session I: June 30–August 7; Session II: July 14–24; Session III: July 28–August 7
Your child will learn to be a docent in historic places; will learn about the Belmont Mansion & Underground Railroad Museum history; will learn to research National Archives for their own family heritage; will learn the art of quiltmaking; will learn about urban archeology through Philadelphia field trips; will learn gardening by cultivating our Let's Move Obama garden. At The Historic Belmont Mansion in Fairmount Park: 2000 Belmont Mansion Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131. More information: 215-878-8844 or bthorn1653@aol.com. Download flyer. Download application.

Belmont Mansion Addition
Two year project is finally complete at Belmont Mansion with the building of the state-of-the-art Cornelia Wells Conference Center in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.

Reenactors Available for Your Event The Belmont Mansion reenactors are now available to appear at your event. Contact Belmont Mansion to find out more >

Histories Learn about Cornelia Wells, and her life as a freed slave at Belmont Mansion.

Press Releases

President of American Women's Heritage Society To Receive Drum Major Award

Belmont Mansion To Be Featured On WHYY Channel 12 In Philadelphia

Belmont Mansion Awarded Major Preservation Resource

Newsletters And Flyers

Summer 2012 Newsletter (PDF file)

Quilt Share And Workshop (PDF file)

Fall 2008 Newsletter (PDF file)

Winter 2008 Newsletter (PDF file)

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Front of Belmont Mansion, an historic house with three floors, large windows and pale yellow stucco exterior walls.
Front exterior of Belmont Mansion.

Want to take a tour? We welcome tourists, history buffs, teachers, students and groups of all sizes.