Saturday, June 26, 2021, 12-5pm
Join us as we once again open our doors to the public!
Tour our 28-room historic mansion and nine garden areas
Enjoy food and refreshments
Live music by the After All band from 1-4pm
Butterfly Releases at 2pm and 4pm
Family-friendly • No RSVP needed • FREE
Rain Date Sunday, June 27.
Free Historic Mansion Open House & Garden Tour
The Historic Feeney Mansion will open its doors and gardens once again for its first summer open house and garden tour on Saturday, June 26 from 12-5pm. The public is invited to partake in this free event, with music in our garden area by After All Band from 1-4pm. There will also be food and refreshments as well as butterfly releases at 2pm and 4pm. Guests can tour our 28-room mansion and our nine garden areas with more than 3,000 roses in bloom.
A variety of flowers can be found in our nine gardens. We offer a self-guided walking tour brochure. We also maintain General Gregg’s Triangle, which sits across the street from our main entrance and features the statue of Civil War hero General Gregg. For more than 10 years, we have cared for the grass, flowers, and signage at this historic landmark. In 2012, we installed the flag pole and 35-star flag used during the Civil War era.
Rain date for the event is Sunday, June 27.
No RSVP needed.
About the Feeney Mansion
Built in 1902, the turn-of-the-20th-century Feeney mansion is a fine example of Georgian architecture. Originally the childhood home of Mary Nolan, the eldest daughter of James Nolan, a railroad tycoon, she married Edward Dives, the son of Josiah Dives, one of the founders of the Dives, Pomeroy & Stewart store. Mary lived in the home until her death in 1969, when the mansion was acquired by John P. Feeney. In 1987, the mansion was used as a location for the movie Time of Tears.
Above ground, there are 28 rooms and six bathrooms on three floors and more than 9,200 square feet of floor space. The basement has an additional 2,200 square feet of space. Several fixtures, including stain glass windows, fireplaces, and leaded cabinets date back to the 17th century. The mansion also holds the first elevator ever installed in a residence in Reading. It is operational and can transport up to four people between the first and second floors. At the rear of the property sits a two-story carriage house, which is more than 100 years old. Over the years, it has been renovated several times and served many purposes, including housing an ambulance service. It now serves as living quarters for our staff.
The garden areas surrounding the property include Veterans Walkway; the Driveway Garden; the Memorial Garden featuring the statue of Dionysus, the god of wine, theater, and peace; the Carriage House Garden; the rose-lined Reflections Walkway; the Vegetable Garden; Solitude Nook; Neighborly Garden, and the Nursery Garden. During the summer there are more than 3,000 roses in bloom.
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