553 S. Bethlehem Pike • Fort Washington, PA 19034 • 215-646-1595 • contact us

Hope Lodge Historic Site




Saturday December 5
11am to 5pm

Enjoy the holiday spirit at Hope Lodge from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, December 5. There will be fun and festivities for the entire family. The elegant 1740s Georgian mansion will be decorated for Christmas. Musicians from the Ambler Symphony Orchestra, Upper Dublin Sophisticated Strings, and Upper Dublin High School Choir will be performing. Children will be able to send their wishes in a letter to Santa Claus. The Museum Shop will be stocked with items for that special gift.

Admission is free and there is free on-site parking.


The 18th century is making a comeback in a big way. With the help of the smash Broadway musical, Hamilton, and AMC's Turn: Washington's Spies, shows like these help to put history and historic sites like Hope Lodge back in the spotlight. Viewers turn their love of these shows into a very real desire to learn more about what it might have been like to live in the 18th century.

As the newly elected President of the Friends of Hope Lodge, I am thrilled to be able to use this exciting new upsurge in historical interest as a catalyst for change at Hope Lodge. I, along with our outstanding Board, members and volunteers are ready with fresh new ideas, events and programming that will entice you, our visitors back to Hope Lodge.

In the 1920's and 1930's, the last private owners of Hope Lodge, William and Alice Degn, were famous for their hospitality by hosting afternoon teas, card parties and dinners. They truly loved inviting relatives and friends, as well as tourists, to see their beautiful mansion filled with stunning antiques and magnificent gardens. The Friends of Hope Lodge now extend this same invitation to you.

We hope that you will plan to visit our site during one of our events or when the house is open for tours on the third Sunday of the month, April through October. You may also reach out to us via email at or by phone 215-646-1595 to let us know what you would like to see at our site to make your visit especially enjoyable. We look forward to welcoming you into our beautiful home and grounds. Melanie Hay President, The Friends of Hope Lodge


The Friends of Hope Lodge thank all the re-enactors, sutlers, demonstrators, and volunteers who helped make the 2015 Whitemarsh Encampment a great success.

2015 Encampment Photo Contest

Directions, Hours, and Admission
Directions: Pennsylvania Turnpike exit 339 (Fort Washington). After toll, stay left and follow the road (pass a Friendly's) to end. Left onto Bethlehem Pike. Shortly after crossing beneath the highway, Hope Lodge is on your left. Click for map.
2015 Hours: 12:30 to 4pm on Sundays July 19, August 16, September 20, and October 18, with guided tours of the elegant Hope Lodge mansion offered by the Friends of Hope Lodge at 1pm and 2:30pm.


Looking for that Perfect Historic Gift?

Our gift shop has a wide range of gifts, including notecards, candles, pottery, colonial toys, children's books, site guide book, local history info, Hawthorn Pins, and more! Cash and check only. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Hope Lodge.

Hope Lodge Video

Click to watch a 16 minute video introduction to the history of Hope Lodge! If you are planning to visit, take a few minutes to get acquainted with this beautiful Georgian mansion, just outside of Philadelphia.

Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodation
should call 215-646-1595 in advance to discuss their needs.

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Tom Wolf
Andrew E. Masich
Executive Director
James M. Vaughan