Free Mother's Day Open House and Concert
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 11am-4pm
The Historic Feeney Mansion, which serves as the facility for the John P. Feeney Funeral Home, is proud to announce its 9th Annual Music in the Centre Park Mansion Series and celebration of the funeral home's 50th anniversary in its Centre Park location. This year the mansion will host four free events, which are open to the public. All events include self-guided tours of the 117-year old mansion and grounds as well as musical performances by some of the area's popular musicians.
Visitors can tour the historic 28-room Feeney Mansion from 11am-4pm and enjoy a free concert from 12-3pm. Light snacks and beverages, including a selection of wine, will be available. Performing inside the mansion will be Trading Four Jazz Quartet, the inaugural winner of the Reading Musical Foundation's Chuck Loeb Memorial Scholarship. The group includes four musicians from Berks High Schools: Joel Evans, drummer, senior at Muhlenberg High; Sashank Sridhar, tenor sax, senior at Wilson High; Isaiah Nygard, piano, sophomore at Kutztown High; and Cormick Costello, bass, sophomore at Gov. Mifflin High. Free event. Families Welcome. Rain or shine.
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.