Hope Lodge

Returning home from my trip this summer to Philadelphia, I stopped at two historic home outside the city. The first stop was Hope Lodge, in Fort Washington in Montgomery County. Hope Lodge is a classic Georgian-style country mansion, built between 1743 and 1748 for a Quaker businessman named Samuel Morris. It was designed by Philadelphia architect Edmund Woolley and is a country cousin to the grand houses in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. As a house museum, Hope Lodge is notable for presenting two time periods inside: the Colonial and the Colonial Revival (not unlike the Webb House in Wethersfield, Connecticut). Also of note are the extensive basement rooms, which include a meat cellar, dairy cellar, scullery, and root cellar.