Historic Welkinweir opens its doors for a Holiday Open House

The Welkinweir Estate House decorated for the winter holidays.
The Welkinweir Estate House decorated for the winter holidays. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The historic Welkinweir Estate is opening its doors to the public for a festive Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 9 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The estate house will be decorated in holiday splendor for all to enjoy! Stop by to visit, and celebrate the season with joyful music from the estate’s Skinner pipe organ; take in wintry views of forests and ponds from inside the estate; and learn about the history of the estate, which spans three centuries. Families, friends, and neighbors are welcome. Light refreshments will be available. There is no charge, however donations of money and/or sweet treats to share on the holiday refreshments table are appreciated. Monetary donations will support continued preservation of the estate and grounds.

Welkinweir is an historic estate, arboretum, and nature sanctuary located one mile west of Route 100 at 1368 Prizer Road in rural East Nantmeal Township, Chester County. It is the home of Green Valleys Watershed Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, preserve, and restore the natural waterways of northern Chester County. Originally the home of founding members Everett and Grace Rodebaugh, the 197 acres of permanently preserved land feature a 55-acre arboretum and diverse wetland, meadows, and forest habitat. The property hosts environmental education programs and an ever-growing collection of sustainability demonstration projects.

To learn more about Welkinweir, please visit www.welkinweir.org. Contact (610) 469-4900 or welkinweir@greenvalleys.org for questions and directions.