Wassail at Ormiston

The Royal Heritage Society of Delaware Valley has been celebrating the ancient Anglo-Saxon tradition of Wassailing at Ormiston since its inception in 1982.  Please enjoy these images from previous celebrations.



Ormiston as part of Historic Fairmount Park Gingerbread 

Houses on Display in Center City in 2013




Photos from 2011 Wassail
Yum!  The Wassail buffet!


On November 30th, 2011, the Royal Heritage Society of the Delaware Valley celebrated another Candlelight Wassail at Ormiston Mansion. 

There they are a-wassailing

Amazing Gingerbread House created by Bredenbeck's Bakery
More singng!

Messrs. Rowland and Tyndall by the Magna Carta print

Ms. Stuhlman and Roberts and Mr. Poxon displaying good cheer







Freda Gowling and Bob Freed lead the Wassailing in 2008


Click here to hear
Here We Come a-Wassailing 
performed by the 
U.S. Army Band


Celebrating the elegance of Christmases past

These elegantly attired mannequins first adorned the spacious rooms of Ormiston
during the 1998 Holiday season.  They were created by a group of RHS volunteers
 led by Gary Ryan.  A retired employee of Rohm and Haas,
Gary made many of the dresses himself.

1998 - How about that paper hat?

1998 Candlelight Wassail
Now just stand perfectly still for several minutes,
and I will make a lovely daguerreotype of you.

The Ormiston tree during the 2000 Wassail

Many families visited the fantastic Gilmour Doll House decked out for the 2008 holiday tours.


During the 2009 Wassail season, RHS mounted an exhibit celebrating the life of Princess Diana.

Fine Highland costume sported during the 2010 Wassail