This area of the Arboretum pre-dates the Morrises, when part of the land was used as a dairy farm. Built into a hillside alongside a springfed creek, the Springhouse was used to keep dairy products and other perishables cool. The purpose of the adjacent, larger building located above ground remains a mystery. Its chimney and fireplace have led some to speculate that it may have been used for storage and dairy product preparation, or as a smokehouse. Today, the Springhouse at the Arboretum is one of only a few remaining in Philadelphia.
In 2004, this important historical structure at the Arboretum underwent extensive restoration. Today, this hidden treasure features rebuilt stone walls, including a new 38-foot wall with seating, granite steps and brick paving, new wooden beams to suggest a roof, as well as enhancements to the surrounding landscape and new interpretive signage.
The renovation of the Springhouse complex was made possible with gifts from several individual and foundation donors. The Springhouse complex offers a tranquil, contemplative resting spot with an open view to the trees above and to the nearby Azalea Meadow, while providing a wonderful opportunity to teach visitors about an earlier era.
Parking Lot Closed September 21, 22 and 23.
Morris Arboretum’s parking lot is being repaved September 21, 22 and 23. Our parking lot is a demonstration lot for its sustainability. Installed 25 years ago as one of the first of its kind, the parking lot has filtered into the earth about 31,863,304 gallons of precipitation from the Wissahickon watershed. But the time has come for it to be renewed.
The entire parking lot will be closed September 21, 22 and 23. Auxiliary parking will be available at the bottom of the hill (near the kiosk) and shuttle service will be provided to the top of the hill. ADA access will be limited. No buses will be permitted beyond the kiosk.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are committed to keeping our parking lot sustainable and our visitors safe. Thanks for your patience.The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.
Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.