Graeme Park


Graeme Park Facts

When it was built in 1722, the manor house at Graeme Park served as the summer home of Pennsylvania governor William Keith, though he rarely visited the in following years before being removed as governor in 1726. 

The property was purchased in 1739 by Dr. Thomas Graeme, a Scottish physician who came to America two decades before, taking up practice in Philadelphia. It is from Dr. Graeme that the property takes its name, but it was his daughter, Elizabeth Graeme, and her husband who forever linked the family and property to the American Revolution. 

In December of 1771, Elizabeth met Henry Hugh Fergussen, and the two were married just five months later. Fergussen, a British loyalist, returned to Great Britain prior to the Revolution, returning in 1777 on the same ship as William Howe. Fergussen witnessed first-hand the Battle of Brandywine and the occupation of Philadelphia. 

After convincing his wife to meet him in Germantown, Fergussen asked her to deliver a letter to George Washington asking for him to renounce the Declaration of Independence and surrender. In a separate incident, she was asked to take a bribe to an American officer. As a result, Graeme Park was confiscated by the Americans in 1778. 

Henry Fergussen returned to Britain, and three years later the property was returned to Elizabeth.

The large manor house has remained largely unchanged in the centuries since. The park grounds are free to visit anytime, though there is a fee for tours of the Keith House. 

Annual Events

Graeme Park WWII WeekendWWII Weekend
May 2 & 3, 2015

The Keith House is transformed into the scene of an occupied farm in France during the annual World War II weekend. Weekend events include battle reenactments, military vendors, USO dance and dinner, 18-piece swing band, Abbott & Costello comedy show, military vehicles display, World War II survivors, guest speakers and more. 

Graeme ParkA Soldier's Christmas
November, 2015

A Soldier's Christmas lets visitors experience the holidays, as celebrated by members of the military through the last three centuries. Re-enactors and interpreters tell the stories of soldiers during the American Revolution, Civil War, World War I and World War II. The free event also features craft vendors, musical entertainment and refreshments. 

Restaurants Near Graeme Park

Hilton Garden Fort WashingtonGreat American Grill (at the Hilton Garden Inn)
530 Pennsylvania Ave
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Distance: 9 Miles

Located in the Hilton Garden Inn, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Room service in the evening and onsite catering available for all your event needs.

Farmer's DaughterThe Farmer's Daughter Restaurant and Bar
1401 Morris Rd
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Distance: 13 Miles

Normandy Farm Hotel's hip, tongue-in-chic restaurant features modern farm-to-table cuisine. An airy 2,100 sq. ft. bar offers club chairs, fireplace and extensive list of fresh, creative cocktails.  

Hotels Near Graeme Park

Hampton Inn Willow Grove

Hampton Inn - Willow Grove 
1500 Easton Rd
Willow Grove, PA 19090
Distance: 4 Miles

Welcome to the Hampton Inn Philadelphia/Willow Grove hotel. Located just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 276), our hotel is adjacent to the Willow Grove-Horsham business parks. 

Hampton Inn Montgomeryville

Hampton Inn & Suites Montgomeryville
121 Garden Golf Blvd
North Wales, PA 19454
Distance: 8 Miles

The Hampton Inn & Suites Philadelphia-Montgomeryville offers an ideal location in a quiet suburban area, surrounded by townhouses and restaurants, and we are conveniently situated off of 202 & 309 and only eight miles from the Pennsylvania Turnpike. 

Hilton Garden Fort Washington

Hilton Garden Inn - Fort Washington Philadelphia
530 Pennsylvania Ave
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Distance: 9 Miles

Fort Washington's newest hotel features an indoor pool and fitness center, and 24-hour business center. All rooms equipped with refrigerators, microwave ovens and coffee makers. 3,000 square-feet of meeting space available. 

Normandy Farm

Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center
1401 Morris Rd
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Distance: 11 Miles

Normandy Farm is more than a meticulously restored American landmark - this fully wired, high-tech venue offers the best of many worlds | 4 ballrooms, 5 private dining spaces, 17 conference rooms, 18 arnold palmer signature holes. 

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