Gertrude’s Gardens & Home Tour

Tuesday – Thursday at 2pm or By Appointment ~ April – October 2022

Working with the architects Carrère & Hastings and the landscape architects Olmsted, Olmsted and Eliot, Mrs. Gertrude Pitcairn oversaw the vision and details of Cairnwood Estate. During this focused exterior and interior tour, we will explore the architecture and intention of the historic landscape plans while wandering the garden paths and terraces, and the grand rooms for entertaining on the first floor including the Great Hall, Living Room, Library, Music Room, and Dining Room all of which were planned with sweeping views and access to the outdoors. The tour begins in the Garden House and ends in the Carriage House, weather permitting. Fundraising and outreach activities proudly hosted by Cairn Club, Inc.

  • General Admission: Adult (Ages 18-64): $15; Student (Ages 6-17) and Seniors (Ages 65+): $12; Children 5 and under: Free
  • Cairnwood Members – please call to receive your free tour(s) coupon code.
  • Tours are available: Tuesday – Thursday at 2:00 pm or by Appointment (reservations required)
  • Weather permitting/discretionary substitutions may be required
  • Tour includes uneven garden paths and stairs; call to inquire about accessibility
  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Purchasing tickets in advance is required
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Guided History Tour

Tuesday – Sunday at 11am

Learn the Personal History of this Grand Beaux Arts Country House!

Guided tours of Cairnwood Estate reveal the personal history of this grand Beaux Arts country house. Tour participants discover the private side of the family and its integral role in founding the Bryn Athyn community. Tours begin with an orientation video in the Garden House and includes three floors of the Main House, the Chapel in the tower, the Cairnwood Family Gallery, Servant’s Quarters, and the Carriage House collections of horse-drawn carriages and sleighs and a 1927 Packard. Fundraising and outreach activities proudly hosted by Cairn Club, Inc.

  • Admission: Adult (Ages 18-64): $15; Student (Ages 6-17) and Seniors (Ages 65+): $12; 5 & under: Free
  • Cairnwood Members – please call to receive your free tour(s) coupon code.
  • Tours are available Tuesday – Sunday at 11:00am
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended; the estate and grounds are occasionally closed for private rentals on short notice
  • Parts of the estate are not fully accessible due to 1895 construction; tours require a fair amount of walking and stairs. Call for more information or to request tour modifications.
  • Call 215-947-2004 or contact us at info@cairnwood.org to schedule your tour
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Cairnwood Book Club Meeting

Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30pm

SPRING SELECTION
Nothing Like it in the World: The Men That Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863 – 1869
by Stephen E. Ambrose
In this New York Times bestseller, Stephen Ambrose brings to life the story of an unprecedented feat of engineering, vision, and courage. It is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad—the investors who risked their businesses and money; the enlightened politicians who understood its importance; the engineers and surveyors who risked, and sometimes lost, their lives; and the Irish and Chinese immigrants, the defeated Confederate soldiers, and the other laborers who did the backbreaking and dangerous work on the tracks.
    • Free admission
    • RSVP to: lisa@cairnwood.org or by calling 215-947-2004 ex 5
    • Meeting will take place on the Cairnwood Terrace

Virtual Lecture ~ Pioneering American Aviation: Harold Frederick Pitcairn & The Bryn Athyn Flying Field

Monday, June 13th at 7pm

Harold was John and Gertrude Pitcairn’s youngest child, born at Cairnwood in 1897. From a very early age he was preoccupied with aviation. With entrepreneurial spirit and determination, he was an innovator in his own right. After opening the first Pitcairn Airfield in 1924, Harold accomplished key breakthroughs in rotorcraft design with the American Autogiro, airfield and safety protocols, as well as developing the Pitcairn Mailwing to fly his airmail service which later became Eastern Airlines. For his significant contributions, Harold received the Collier Trophy—the highest award in American aeronautics—with a handshake from President Hoover on the White House lawn in April 1931 with Orville Wright present for the ceremony.

Join us as we explore Harold’s remarkable career in a presentation by Professor Ethan King. Professor King teaches economics, business ethics, and accounting at Bryn Athyn College. The Bryn Athyn Flying Field and Pitcairn Aviation are subjects he has enthusiastically researched for many years as a hobby, along with his professional studies of entrepreneurial theory and monetary history. Fundraising and outreach activities proudly hosted by Cairn Club, Inc.

  • Lecture will be held via ZOOM
  • Free; donations welcome
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Please RSVP in advance; link will be sent out on the day of the event.
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Summer Wine Tasting

Friday, July 29th at 7pm

An annual summer tradition, the Summer Wine Tasting features live music, samplings of premium wines from around the world, and savory bites compliments of Karen’s Catering. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy an evening out with friends while soaking in the stunning views from the Cairnwood terrace! Fundraising and outreach activities proudly hosted by Cairn Club, Inc.

  • $60/person
  • $40 Cairnwood & Glencairn Museum Members – with valid coupon code
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Limited availability ~ Reservations Required
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Hops & Harvest

Thursday, November 3rd at 7pm

Taste the finest local micro-beers paired with savory & sweet small plates created by Sage Catering. The Estate is transformed into an indoor/outdoor biergarten, complete with live music, fire pit, and “lawn” games. This is a great event to enjoy to fall weather with friends! Fundraising and outreach activities proudly hosted by Cairn Club, Inc.

  • $60/person
  • $40 Cairnwood & Glencairn Museum Members – with valid coupon code
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Limited availability ~ Reservations Required
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Holiday Tea & Tours

Tuesday, Wednesday, and select Sundays at 1pm ~ December 2022

Celebrate the season and join us for tea and tours during our most sparkling time of year! Package includes a traditional holiday tea, self-guided tours of the decorated estate, and access to our seasonal vintage gown exhibition throughout the second and third floors. Fundraising and outreach activities proudly hosted by Cairn Club, Inc.

Menu includes premium teas by master blender Harney & Sons, traditional tea sandwiches, soup du jour and seasonal salad, family style petit fours, holiday cookies, and scones with clotted cream and jams provided by Karen’s Catering.

  • $65/person (gratuities not included)
  • NOTE: reservations are by table. If you would like to join a group, please call 215-947-2004
  • Docent supported self-guided tours included
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Limited availability ~ Reservations Required
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Guided Holiday Tour

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and select Sundays at 10am and 11am ~ December 2022

Enjoy the holidays with your family and friends at Cairnwood Estate. Guided Holiday Tours begin in the Garden House with and orientation video and include three floors decorated for the season by professional florists. Guests are greeted upon entering the Great Hall by our dazzling two-story Christmas tree—located in the same spot it once stood at the turn of the century. Tour participants discover the private side of the Pitcairn family and its integral role in founding the Bryn Athyn community while exploring this grand Beaux Arts country house and the exhibition of period fashions, Vintage Outerwear Revisited. A visit to the Estate during the holidays will be a special treat for the ones you love! Fundraising and outreach activities proudly hosted by Cairn Club, Inc.

  • $25/person
  • $20 Seniors & Students
  • $10/Cairnwood & Glencairn Museum Members *present valid ID
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Limited availability ~ Reservations Required
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Children’s Critter Quest

Tuesday, Wednesday, and select Sundays from 2pm to 4pm ~ December 2022

It is during this festive season that the Cairnwood Critters venture out of their secret homes in the walls to celebrate! Families will make their way through the glittering grand rooms of the Estate while on a quest to find the hiding (and cute) little critters. This is a wonderful after-school opportunity to build family memories while learning about the history of Cairnwood. Fundraising and outreach activities proudly hosted by Cairn Club, Inc.

  • $5 per child (ages 4 -12 years)
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult (adult self-guided tickets $10)
  • Doors open from 2pm to 4pm ~ Complete at your own pace
  • Duration: please allow 45 minutes
  • Free for Cairnwood Members *present valid ID
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Self-Guided Holiday Tour

Tuesday, Wednesday, and select Sundays from 2pm to 4pm ~ December 2022

Explore at your own pace the elegant rooms of the Estate with eight professionally decorated Christmas trees, twinkling balustrades, festive mantels over nine 1895 fireplaces, and the exhibition of period fashions worn by the ladies of Cairnwood ca. 1880s-1970. Learn the personal history of this grand Beaux Arts country house; Cairnwood docents throughout the mansion will enhance your experience. For a family experience you may include children by adding Cairnwood Critter Quest tickets (sold separately). Don’t forget your camera! Fundraising and outreach activities proudly hosted by Cairn Club, Inc.

  • Includes entry to Cairnwood Estate from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
  • $10/person
  • Cairnwood Members – please call to receive your free tour(s) coupon code.
  • Duration: 2 hours to explore at your own pace
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