Giving Back: Philanthropists of Laurel Hill



Laurel Hill East

When we hear the word philanthropy, we think of charitable giving from great family fortunes. Laurel Hill has many examples of generous gifts by the one-percenters of their time. Notably, few women are identified as philanthropists based on their family fortunes. Many philanthropists were men who controlled the businesses or family fortunes. However, women in Philadelphia, some with access to wealth made their mark. More importantly, women of lesser means gave back by contributing their time, limited money, or fundraising prowess to make lives better for the average person living at that time. From fabulous wealth that still funds projects to this day to small fundraising efforts that have had a lasting effect, this walking tour will show that everyone can give back and make a difference.

Tour Guide: Joan Zubras


  • $17/General Admission (Ages 13 and up)
  • $15/Seniors (Ages 65+) and Students with ID
  • $12/Members of the Friends of Laurel Hill
  • $8.50/Youth (Ages 6-12)
  • $1.90/Access Card Holders (can purchase up to 4 tickets) **
  • Free/Ages 5 and under

** Access Card + Valid Photo I.D. must be presented at check-in.

Please note – youth and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Advanced ticket purchases are strongly encouraged!


This tour departs from Laurel Hill East’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Information on directions, parking, and visiting guidelines are linked here to better plan your visit.