Stoneleigh Gardens


The event was held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 10:00 AM.


The property now known as Stoneleigh Gardens began in 1877 as a 65-acre estate, owned by Edmund Smith, who built a mansion and hired a landscape architect to shape the grounds. At the turn of the 20th century the property was purchased by Samuel Bodine, who built the existing Tudor Revival mansion, and redesigned the surrounding gardens. In 1932 the property was sold and subdivided: Otto Hass (of Rohm & Hass) purchased the mansion and 42 surrounding acres. It remained in the Hass family until being given to the Natural Lands Trust in 2012. In 2018 the Lower Merion School Board attempted to seize a 10-acre portion of the property, but public outcry and a new Pennsylvania law led to the School Board opting for a alternate acquisition target for their playing fields.

Stoneleighs’ gardens, fields, and architecture (we will not have access to the mansion interior) offer ample opportunities for photography.

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Stoneleigh Gardens is open from 10 and to 5 pm. There is no fee for entry, and there’s ample parking in the lot on the property. Facilities include restrooms & drinking fountains. No food is available, but picnicking is permitted. Tripods are ok if not blocking visitor access; drones are not permitted. Paths are accessible.

Carpoolers will depart from the Exton Panera (151 East Swedesford Rd, Exton, PA) at 9:15 am. If you drive directly the Stoneleigh Gardens the address is 1829 East County Line Road, Villanova, PA. We will meet at the parking lot at 10 am. Please let Dean Grantham know if you plan to go, and indicate whether or not you’ll be carpooling. 

If you have questions or require further information please contact Dean Grantham.
E-mail: 484-888-8768

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