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Historic Belmont Mansion provides the setting for the story of the Fairmount Park area of Philadelphia from colonization to the present.

The property around Belmont Mansion was initially a group of farms. William Peters, an English lawyer and land management agent for the Penn family, bought the property in 1742. Peters designed and built Belmont Mansion, and he created formal gardens surrounding the Mansion.







As the American Revolution approached, Belmont Mansion passed to William's son, Richard Peters. Richard served as Secretary of the Board of War for the Revolutionary Army and Pennsylvania Delegate to Congress under the Articles of Confederation. Many Founding Fathers stayed at the Mansion at this time, including Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison.

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