- Free admission; $10 donations welcome
- Space is limited; reservations required
- Lecture will be held via Zoom
Theodore Pitcairn was the 5th child of John and Gertrude Pitcairn. He moved with his family from Philadelphia to Cairnwood Estate in 1895 when he was 18 months old. In the minds and hearts of his parents, the ideal environment for members of their family and church community to thrive was a rural setting surrounded by nature, farmland, and the wholesome entertainments of the countryside. When Theodore was married in 1927, he returned to these inspiring roots by purchasing a 200-year-old farmhouse just a few miles from Cairnwood. He developed a unique complex of buildings and a small working farm reminiscent of estates found in the French countryside.
Join us as Chris Mendel (ASLA), Executive Director of the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust (PERT), presents a fresh look at the landscape history and development of Reverend Theodore Pitcairn’s estate, today the home of the Lord’s New Church Philadelphia congregation. This local treasure borders PERT and is the childhood home of PERT’s founder Feo Pitcairn. See how this gem of a cultural landscape has evolved over the last 100 years and is part of a mosaic of open spaces that make Bryn Athyn Borough so special. Through education we seek to engage the public in healthy and inspiring outdoor environments which respect our local history, protect the critical natural ecosystems, and preserve shared values for future generations.
Register here: https://cairnwood.org/activities/calendar-of-events/