Not much is known about the origins of this once-stately manor home. Our records begin in detail with William Llewellyn, the successful Philadelphia druggist who purchased the property in 1895. The manor home was already in place upon Llewellyn’s arrival, having been built in 1821.
Research is currently on-going to determine the original creators of the home, their familial background, and why they ultimately moved on from the property. One thing we do know is that the home is celebrating it’s 200th anniversary!
It seems fitting that the Swiss Pines project is achieving real momentum in 2021 as the 200th year of the manor home arrives. Like with all Japanese gardens, age and history is a large part of the experience. Although we intend to rehabilitate this property and bring it back to a usable state, we will always preserve the rich history and style of the home.
If you know something about this home, its owners, or its various caretakers of the years, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We’re also looking for interior pictures of the home if you ever took a tour of it before its neglect.