Bird Watching Picnicking Horseback Riding Hiking or Walking Welkinweir

Operating Hours/Cost
The grounds are open M-F from 9 a.m.; closing times vary seasonally. Call for closing times or to arrange a group tour.

Welkinweir, the former estate of Everett and Grace Rodebaugh is a 197-acre garden and arboretum that serves as the headquarters and educational center of the Green Valleys Association. For over forty years, the Rodebaugh's worked to transform the former declining farm into formal gardens, arboretum and sanctuary for biodiversity provided by the ponds, wetlands, meadows, and woodlands in this secluded valley.

The elegant farmhouse was built in 1750, and expanded in 1830 and again in 1940. The 20th century expansion was designed by Philadelphia architect Fridtjof Tobiessen to blend the natural beauty of the surrounding land and provide a pleasant background for relaxed country living and entertaining. Set out on a stroll of the luxurious gardens surrounding the home with fine, mature specimens of rare and unusual trees and shrubs, flowering plants, and water gardens. Trails, of varying lengths, traverse a variety of diverse habitats, permitting visitors to observe a range of birds and wildlife in their natural environment, or to connect to the Horse-Shoe Trail for longer hikes to nearby parks, preserves, and historic sites.

Contact Information
1368 Prizer Road
Pottstown, PA 19465

phone: (610) 469-7543
fax: (610) 469-4990

website: Visit Official Web Site

Admission Fee
National Register of Historic Places
Reservations Required/Recommended

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Related information
Partner: Green Valleys Association

Welkinweir is located along Rt. 100 south of Pottstown.


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