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As you ease your car right onto gravelly, serpentine Valley Green Road, skirting the gurgling creek under a thickening canopy of leaves, you begin to feel the difference. You cross the concrete bridge spanning the Wissahickon and turn left into an idyll that tickles your heart.
The Valley Green Inn hosts many, many events
Some of the events in the past year have included weddings, baby showers, sweet sixteen parties, bon voyage parties, business retreats, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, birthday parties, and many more.
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Please note that the availability listed on partyspace.com may be for the patio area only. If you have any special requests besides those listed, please call us and we’ll be glad to put together an event tailored just for you! Contact Amber Atkinson at 215.247.1730 ext 109, or email Amber.
It is rumored that the Valley Green Inn was established in 1683.
Well, almost… The Valley Green Inn is built on land that was part of a several hundred acre tract purchased from William Penn in 1685. It had absentee owners in England and Ireland until 1791 when it was bought by the Livezey family who ran a large grist mill downstream.
In about the year 1850, Thomas Livezey rented to Edward Rinker about three acres of land on the Wissahickon Creek below and adjoining the stone arch bridge. He was to build a house and had the privilege of having boats on the stream to accommodate picnics. He paid two years rent January 2, 1852 of $50.
Rinker may have first built a smaller dwelling and then soon after built a larger building he named the Valley Green Hotel. There followed a succession of innkeepers throughout the nineteenth century, all who no doubt served catfish, waffles, and chicken dinners; the popular fare of other Wissahickon establishments.
The Valley Green Hotel was built during 1850-51 at the same time as the Wissahickon Turnpike (Lincoln Drive) was being completed. The turnpike brought recreational visitors into the Valley by carriage and horseback to view the lovely scenery.
In 1868, the newly created Fairmount Park Commission appropriated the creek and its banks, including the turnpike, and they improved the condition of the road and removed the toll gates. The Livezeys then sold the hotel to the Park in 1873.
In 1899, the chief engineer of Fairmount Park recommended the building be demolished; it was in disrepair and the Park did not have the funds to renovate. Fortunately the building was saved by a local committee, headed by Charles W. Henry, which raised $1228 for the restoration.
In 1901, a committee of women, arranged by Lydia T. Morris, was given permission by the Park to manage the newly restored Valley Green Hotel. They served light refreshments and afternoon tea to riders, pedestrians and wintertime skaters. These women managed the popular Valley Green Hotel in this manner for many years. At this time, the restaurant became officially known as the Valley Green Inn.
In the mid-1930’s, the Friends of the Wissahickon, a large group dedicated to the preservation of the Valley, became interested in the Inn. Restorations were again necessary, and, under the leadership of the Friends and Park Commissioner, Samuel Fleisher, new foundations, a new roof and timbers were added. The Inn was re-dedicated at a ceremonial dinner in 1937. The Inn has been under the joint care of the friends of the Wissahickon and the Park Commission ever since yet remains a privately run business.
Throughout the years, the Inn has been the focus of numerous paintings, postcards and writings, as well as the setting for many special occasions. T.A. Daily wrote in 1922 that, “The charm of Valley Green varies not only with the seasons, but with the day of the week and the hour of the day.”
From South Jersey via Walt Whitman bridge
76 West across the Walt Whitman to Lincoln Drive, follow directions from Main Line.
From South Jersey via Betsy Ross bridge
676 West (Vine Street Expressway) to 76 West. (the Schuylkill) 76 West to Lincoln Drive, follow directions from Main Line.
From Points South including Delaware, Baltimore, Washington D.C.
95 North to 76 West. Take exit 340A and follow signs for Lincoln Drive. After the ramp to Lincoln Drive, go 3 miles and make a left on McCallum St. Follow McCallum until it dead ends on Wolcott St. Make a left on Wolcott, follow it until it dead ends into Valley Green Road. Make a left on Valley Green road. The road will end in a parking lot that is about 30 yards from the Inn. Additional parking lots are located on Forbidden drive (via Wises Mill road) and on Valley Green road. Please note that during peak season and private events, the parking lot closest to the inn may be restricted to patrons only.
From PA Turnpike
Exit at Ft. Washington (Exit 338). Take 309 south to Paper Mill Road. Make a right on Paper Mill road. Follow approximately three miles until you reach Stenton Avenue (4th light). Make a hard left on Stenton (You’ll see sign for Stenton after you make hard left). Follow another 1 mile to Willow Grove Avenue. Make a right on Willow Grove. Drive to Germantown Avenue, make a left, follow two blocks, make a right on Springfield Avenue. Follow straight until road forks, bear right. The road will end in a parking lot that is about 30 yards from the Inn. Additional parking lots are located on Forbidden drive (via Wises Mill road) and on Valley Green road. Please note that during peak season and private events, the parking lot closest to the inn may be restricted to patrons only.
From New York, Central & North Jersey via NJ Turnpike
NJ Turnpike south to Pennsylvania turnpike. (Exit 6 on the NJ Turnpike) Follow directions from PA Turnpike.
From Roosevelt Blvd (Northeast Philadelphia)
Take Roosevelt Blvd. until you reach the Henry Avenue/Fox Avenue exit. Right on Fox. Left on Queen Lane. Right on Henry Avenue. Go North on Henry Avenue, follow approximately 4 miles until you reach Wise’s Mill Rd. Turn right on Wise’s Mill Road. This will take you down to Forbidden Drive. (you can only travel one way) Follow Forbidden drive until you reach parking lot. (1/4 mile) The Valley Green is 100 yards from this parking lot.
From the Main Line
Take City Line Avenue to Lincoln Drive. Take Lincoln Drive to McCallum St. (1.2 miles past the first light). Make a left at McCallum Street. Follow McCallum until it dead ends on Wolcott St. Make a left on Wolcott, follow it until it dead ends into Valley Green Road. Make a left on Valley Green road. The road will end in a parking lot that is about 30 yards from the Inn. Additional parking lots are located on Forbidden drive (via Wises Mill road) and on Valley Green road. Please note that during peak season and private events, the parking lot closest to the inn may be restricted to patrons only.
As always, if you need more directions (or may have made a wrong turn), feel free to call us at 215.247.1730.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Chestnut Hill, Roxborough
CUISINE: New American
DRESS CODE: Smart Casual
PAYMENT OPTIONS: All Major Credit Cards
PARKING: Parking lot
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday-Friday: 12:00 to 3:00
Saturday: 11:00 to 3:00
Monday-Thursday: 4:00 to 8:00
Friday-Saturday: 4:00 to 8:00
Sunday: 4:00 to 8:00
11:00 to 3:00
ACCEPTS WALK-INS: Yes. Reservations suggested on weekends.