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Mother’s Day – Boat to Bartram’s Garden w/ Hidden History Tour

We will kick off our 2015 Schuylkill River season on Mother’s Day with an updated Boat to Bartram’s Garden trip that features a completely new experience – the Hidden History Tour!

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These are exciting times at Bartram’s Garden. During the 2015 season the 1728 House will be under renovation and not available for tours. Normally, we would consider this bad luck; however, to compensate for the closure our trips this season will feature a new guided experience, the Hidden History Tour. During this tour we explore how three generations of the Bartram family helped Colonial Philadelphia grow to become a mecca of natural science, education, and government. Their explorations of the wild American frontier not only altered the horticultural landscape of young America itself, but also Great Britain, Europe, and the rest of the world. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the Bartram’s Garden 200 year-old ice pit, the oldest standing barn in Philadelphia county, and what is quite possibly the oldest greenhouse in North America.

Bartram’s Garden offers an opportunity to experience its rich past as it embarks on a journey towards a dynamic future. A major garden renovation and house conservation will help share the Bartram story in beautiful new ways.

These 3-hour trips are co-sponsored by the Schuylkill River Development Corporation. The Patriot is a reproduction of a classic 1920s mini commuter yacht. It is U.S. Coast Guard-approved vessel and features wrap-around seating, a fully equipped bar, and restroom. The stern is sheltered yet open and allows guests to take in all the interesting sights along the way!

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