Woodford, once the home of Miss Rebecca Franks

Historical Images of Philadelphia Castner Scrapbook Collection
Woodford, once the home of Miss Rebecca Franks

Item Info

Item No: pdcc00371
Title: Woodford, once the home of Miss Rebecca Franks
Historic Street Address: 33rd. & Dauphin Streets
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Halftone reproduction of a photograph showing Woodford Mansion in Fairmount Park. The elegant summer home built in 1756-58 by William Coleman, merchant and close friend of Benjamin Franklin, remains one of the finest examples of Georgian domestic architecture in the Philadelphia area.  In 1777 Woodford was purchased by David Franks, a crown agent for Philadelphia, who added a second floor and a rear two-story addition to accomodate his wife and four children. His youngest daughter, Rebecca, was a reigning beauty and wit of her day who counted Lord Howe as an admirer. A loyalist, Franks was arrested for treason in 1778 and the family returned to England. Subsequent owners include the Wharton Family who used the mansion as their summer home until 1868 when it was sold to the city to become part of Fairmount Park.


Source: http://www.woodfordmansion.org/history.php

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.186364
Geocode Latitude:39.991796

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.5
Creator Name: Coleman, William, 1704-1769
Franks, David, 1720-1794
Wharton family
Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790