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Tours of the Mansion and Gardens are offered by appointment only. Tours tell the story of the development of the property and the three intriguing families who lived at The Highlands from 1796 to 1970. A call prior to your visit is recommended to ensure docent availability (215-641-2687).


The Highlands is located 17 miles north of center city Philadelphia, PA at 7001 Sheaff Lane, Ft. Washington, PA 19034. Group tours (for 10 or more) are arranged by reservation only. For tour information, please call 215-641-2687 or email us  at

Visitors are welcome to walk and explore the gardens and grounds daily, for free, from dawn to dusk. We simply ask that visitors respect the space during private events and photo shoots that are scheduled in advance. 





Adults  $5.00

Students  $3.00


Children under six and Society members are free.






Set amidst 44 acres of rolling hills and formal gardens, The Highlands Mansion and Gardens offers a glimpse into the past lives of an historic house and garden. Lived in from 1796-1970, this home has been home to many families and been faced with many changes, including additions to the house and the creation of the garden.


Tours focus on the architecture and history of the house and garden.

Allow approximately 1 hour for the guided tour. For reservations please call, 215-641-2687


Food: Catered lunch can be provided with advance reservation. Prices vary.

Cost: Tours are $5/person for groups larger than 8. 

Reservations: Reservations may be arranged by calling The Highlands 215-641-2687.


First lived in c. 1796 by the Anthony Morris family, it was used by them as a grand summer residence for 12 years. Next it was lived in by the Sheaffs family for more than 100 years and began building the garden we see today. In the 20th c., Caroline Sinkler lived here and created a Colonial Revival garden. She gave the house to her niece and nephew, Emily and Nicholas Roosevelt in 1941. The Roosevelts left The Highlands to the Commonwealth of PA.

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the barn from website
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Myth-buster tour
Juliana in Costume
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