The area surrounding Philadelphia’s center city, from the Northeast down into Delaware County, is some of the most historic land in the country. Revolutionary and Civil War battles were fought here, and our nation’s founders wrote the very words that we still govern by today right in the heart of our hometown. It’s no surprise then that there are many relics of the past left, even deep into suburbia. Woodburne Mansion is an example of just that. Located in Delco (technically, Darby) just outside of the Philadelphia City Limits, this mansion is sometimes called Little Flower Manor. The land was once owned by President Lincoln’s Assistant Secretary of War and Railroad Executive, Thomas Scott, who died on the property. The land passed along to Edward Scott, and the mansion was built in 1906 by none other than Philadelphia’s famous architect, Horace Trumbauer. In the 1930s, this mansion was used as an orphanage, and in 2005 it was shuttered. It has been sitting vacant ever since.
Urban Explorer “The Unknown Cameraman” has captured some unforgettable footage of the abandoned Woodburne Mansion just outside of Philadelphia. Have you ever driven by?
Delaware County has recently purchased the land and intends to restore the mansion and open a public park on the property. Will you visit?