7001 Sheaff Lane, Fort Washington, PA 19034 • 215-641-2687 • fax 215-641-2556 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing to provide his family with a refuge from the yellow fever epidemics sweeping Philadelphia, Anthony Morris (1766-1860), a wealthy politician and merchant, purchased just over 200 acres of land in Whitemarsh, Montgomery County, in 1794. Construction of the elaborate country estate, “The Highlands” was completed by 1796. Morris suffered extreme financial difficulties and in 1808 was forced to sell The Highlands to Daniel Hitner (1765-1841). Hitner sold the property and its accumulated 300+ acres to a Philadelphia wine merchant, George Sheaff (1779-1851) in 1813.
During the Sheaff family ownership, which spanned more than a century, there were numerous improvements made both to the Georgian mansion and to the landscape. After George Sheaff’s death in 1851. His heirs sold part of the estate and the youngest son, John, retained 59 acres including the mansion and adjoining outbuildings.
In 1917, two years after the death of the last Sheaff heir, the property was sold to Miss Caroline Sinkler (1860-1949), a native South Carolinian with strong ties to Philadelphia.
The house and gardens had deteriorated, but through the efforts of Miss Sinkler, the property regained its elegance and prominence as an historical treasure. Click here for more on the garden. Miss Sinkler’s niece, Emily Sinkler Roosevelt, and her husband Nicholas, purchased the property in 1941. The Roosevelts gave the property to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1957.
In 1975, The Highlands Historical Society formed to preserve, restore and interpret the historic mansion and grounds from 1794 to the present.
|Only 17 miles north of downtown Philadelphia, on top of a hill sits The Highlands. This elegant, 213 years-old Georgian style mansion is surrounded by 44 acres of rolling hills and beautifully landscaped gardens. The Highlands offers a unique setting for that special day. Completed in 1796, the mansion features fifteen foot ceilings and bright spacious rooms in addition to a 2 acre formal garden and the ambience of the surrounding estate.|
|This wedding or party site consists of four rooms on the first floor connected by a long hallway. The total area is 2,441 square feet. There are three powder rooms on the first floor. A beautiful staircase at the end of the hall is perfect for the bride to descend for her wedding ceremony, or for the newly married couple to greet their guests. On the second floor, two rooms are available for the bridal party only.|
|Two covered terraces facing the woods and gardens may be used to entertain your guests. Weather permitting, your ceremony and cocktails may be held in the garden. The mansion can also accommodate a wedding ceremony and 120 for a sit down meal or 150 for a cocktail or stations party.|
The rental of The Highlands is for five hours and we only have one event a day. Chairs and tables are available at a no additional charge. There is parking for 70 cars but valet parking is recommended for over one hundred people. This beautiful mansion could be the place of your dreams. Call and see that The Highlands is where you should be planning your special day. 215-641-2687 or email@example.com
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