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To preserve the Mansion and the story of its inhabitants as examples of Philadelphia's emerging middle class from 1850 to 1880 and to encourage the study of Victorian-era culture at the time of the American Industrial Revoution and the Civil War.
The Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is Philadelphia's only authentically restored Victorian house museum and garden. The Mansion is located in the Tulpehocken Station Historic District which is on the National Register of Historic Places as one of America's first railroad suburbs.
Events hosted by the Mansion draw individuals from all socio-economic and racial groups. The annual Old Fashioned Picnic, intended as a community outreach, attracts families from the immediate Germantown neighborhood. The yearly Murder Mystery draws people from Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs as well as groups who travel from New York City every year to solve this who-done-it. The Dickens' Christmas Party has become an annual family event for many Philadelphians.
The Mansion also hosts a series of Victorian workshops which educate the public about crafts popularized during the Victorian Era. These workshops attract all sectors of society, ethnicities and ages. Tea and cookies are served.
In order to entertain while educating, the Mansion offers Victorian Theatre producitons featuring 19th century literature interpreted into a full-cast play or a one-person dramatization. In May 2017, a full production of Anne of Green Gables, written and directed by Josh Hitchens, will take place in the Mansion's circa 1860 parlor.
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