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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 include visiting the Garden House, Main House, Chapel, the servant’s wing, and the Carriage House. Members – please call to receive your free tour(s). Fundraising and Outreach Activities proudly hosted by Cairn Club, LLC

  • General Admission: Adult (Ages 18-64): $15; Student (Ages 7-17): $12; Senior (Ages 65+): $12
  • Tours are available ~  Tuesday – Sunday at 11:00am
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Purchasing tickets in advance is required.
  • Call 215-947-2004 or contact us at info@cairnwood.org to schedule your tour
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Gertrude’s Gardens & Home Tour

Tuesday – Sunday at 2pm (April – October)

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 tour we will explore the architecture and intention of the historic landscape plans while wandering the garden paths 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. Members – please call to receive your free tour(s). Fundraising and Outreach Activities proudly hosted by Cairn Club, LLC

  • General Admission: Adult (Ages 18-64): $15; Student (Ages 7-17): $12; Senior (Ages 65+): $12
  • Tours are available ~  Tuesday – Sunday at 2:00pm, or by appointment (April – October)
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Purchasing tickets in advance is required.
  • Call 215-947-2004 or contact us at info@cairnwood.org to schedule your tour
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Cairnwood Book Club 

SOCIALLY DISTANT MEETING on the Cairnwood Terrace; Tuesday, September 21 at 7:30pm

  • Free admission;
  • Socially distant meeting to be held in-person on the Cairnwood terrace. Rain or shine.
  • RSVP to: lisa@cairnwood.org or by calling 215-947-2004 ex31
SUMMER SELECTION
  • Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

An eighteen-year-old girl without money or connections ventures forth from her small town in search of a better life and the American Dream when she moves to Chicago. The chronicle of Carrie Meeber’s rise from obscurity to fame—and the effects of her progress on the men who use her and are used in turn—aroused a storm of controversy and debate upon its debut in 1900. Considered the premier example of American naturalism, Dreiser’s non-judgmental portrait of a heroine who violates the contemporary moral code and realistic characters in this remarkable first novel has deeply influenced such key writers as Willilam Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

VIRTUAL LECTURE ~ Cairnwood’s Agricultural Legacy

Thursday, September 30 at 7:30pm

In 1889 John and Gertrude Pitcairn purchased 35 acres of rural farmland for their estate, eventually amassing 550 acres which included a dairy farm and orchards. Centrally located, the Cairnwood Farms were integral to community life in Bryn Athyn for many decades. Speaker Greg Jackson will explore the farming roots of Cairnwood Estate and the ways in which this agricultural legacy can inspire healthy, educational and sustainable practices for future generations.
Greg Jackson has worked in and around historic sites and museums for almost twenty years. He has held jobs as tour guide, educator, curator, historic site supervisor, college lecturer and has been the Bryn Athyn Historic Landmark District archivist at Glencairn Museum since 2008. As an active member of Friends of Bryn Athyn Farm organization, Greg is very interested in sustainable agriculture and raises sheep and poultry on what was once pasture land of Cairnwood Farm, occasionally hosting classes at the high school and college level.
  • Lecture will be held via ZOOM
  • Free; donations welcome
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Please RSVP in advance; link will be sent out on the day of the event.
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Hops & Harvest! Comfort Food and Brews

Thursday, October 28 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, LLC.

  • Featuring: Yards Brewing Company, 2nd Story Brewing, Bill’s Best Brewing, Moss Mill Brewing Company, and Crooked Eye Brewery
  • Live music performances by “Station Hill Bluegrass”
  •  Adults (Ages 21+): $60; Cairnwood Members: $40
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Purchasing tickets in advance is required.
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Holiday Tea & Tours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and select Sundays at 1pm ~ December 2021

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 the exhibition Vintage Outerwear Revisited throughout the second and third floors. Fundraising and outreach activities proudly hosted by Cairn Club, LLC.

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 (tax and gratuities included)
  • Docent supported self-guided tours included
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Limited availability ~ Reservations Required
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Guided Holiday Tours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and select Sundays at 10am & 11am ~ December 2021

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!

  • $20/person
  • $10/Cairnwood Members *present valid ID
  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Limited availability ~ Reservations Required
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Children’s Christmas Critter Quest

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and select Sundays from 2pm to 4pm ~ December 2021

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 opportunity to build family memories while learning about the history of Cairnwood. Fundraising and outreach activities proudly hosted by Cairn Club, LLC.

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

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and select Sundays from 2pm to 4pm ~ December 2021

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, Vintage Outerwear Revisited, 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!

  • Includes entry to Cairnwood Estate from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
  • $10/person
  • Free for Cairnwood Members *present valid ID
  • Duration: 2 hours to explore at your own pace
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