TALK & TOUR: "Step into Their Shoes"- Revealing the Lives of the Enslaved at Woodford Mansion

By Fairmount Park Conservancy (other events)

2 Dates Through Oct 06, 2021

Join us for a special in-person presentation featuring Judith Robinson, Researcher & Docent at Historic Church of the Advocate and Director Strawberry Mansion Civic Association and Jeff Duncan, Curator & Site Manager of Woodford Mansion. Judith and Jeff will lead a talk and tour shedding light on the often overlooked history of enslavement at Woodford and other colonial-era Philadelphia homes. “Step into Their Shoes” invites the audience to imagine the everyday experiences from dawn to dusk of the enslaved and indentured domestic servants. Judith and Jeff will also share their process of researching tax records, wills, newspaper ads, and other primary sources to uncover details of this hidden past. For more info on Woodford Mansion visit:

The outdoor talk begins at 6:30 pm, with panelists on Woodford's back porch ("piazza") and the audience seated on lawn chairs in the yard (please dress according to weather and bring bug spray).
Due to limited space, there are 2 time slots for the interior house tour: 5:30-6:15 pm and 7:45-8:30 pm. All guests are required to wear a mask during the entire inside tour, regardless of vaccination status.  

- there is plenty of parking in Woodford's lot and along the back driveway (enter via Dauphin Dr.) 
- Outdoor lecture - please dress according to weather conditions.
- Bring bug spray 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols:

-This event has limited capacity. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP.
-Participants must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another during the event.
-Please bring a mask. You must wear it INSIDE Woodford Mansion, regardless of your vaccination status. 
-If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home.

CANCELLATION POLICY: The lecture takes place outdoors on the lawn, so in the event of rain or other severe conditions, the event will be reschuled for a later date.