This house, garden, and farm in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia served as the ancestral home to a Quaker Philadelphia family for over nine generations—from 1690 to 1973. The National Historical Landmark site now offers programs that focus on history, horticulture, and urban agriculture, including a farmer's market of produce grown on-site. In recent years, Wyck staff has used Center support to consider new methods of identifying and deepening connections between the house and its landscape, as well as between the present and the past, and to build public awareness through enhanced branding and marketing. A new, audience-centered business plan is being developed after an intensive Center-funded evaluation of Wyck's current programs and visitors activities.
Working with expert advisors from a variety of fields, including historic preservation, urban agriculture, and sound art, along with representatives of local community organizations, Wyck developed a plan for inventive future educational and community-focused programming. This planning process was part of Wyck's overall goal of developing their historic site as a community resource, building on the success of the Wyck Home Farm program, which combines a farmer's market with history and educational programming.