Free Historic Mansion Open House & Garden Tour
Sunday, July 14, 2019, 11am-4pm
The Historic Feeney Mansion, which serves as the facility for the John P. Feeney Funeral Home, continues its 9th Annual Music in the Centre Park Mansion Series and celebration of the funeral home's 50th anniversary in its Centre Park location with another free event.
Visitors can tour the historic 28-room Feeney Mansion and nine flowering garden areas from 11am-4pm, enjoy free music from 12-3pm and Butterfly release at 2PM. Light snacks and beverages will be available. Performing in our garden will be the Pete Souders Jazz Trio. Pete Souders is an accomplished saxophonist and renown as the owner of Ortleib's Jazz Haus--one of the Philadelphia's top jazz clubs. Free event. Families Welcome. Rain or shine. 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 widows, 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.