Monday, August 23, 2010

Walking at Welkinweir

What a perfect day to explore the former estate of Everett and Grace Rodabaugh, the founders of the Green Valley Association. It was Monday and I was the only visitor this morning. The quiet woods and gardens were stunning with lush foliage and colorful perennials all set off with beautiful puffy white clouds the bright blue was a perfect late summer day...I was hoping to see the inside of the historic mansion but could only peek in the windows for a teaser glimpse at the past. It is only open to the public on Mothers day and for a holiday open house in Early December. I have already marked my calender for those dates and for a Fall visit to savor the autumn colors..

The 197 acre property is a mix of meadows, formal gardens, arboretum, pond, wetlands and water fall. Many of the trees and shrubs are labeled for your reference. The fabulous stone mansion is overlooking the large pond. A spectacular view to be savored in any season. Welkinweir is located on Prizer road off route 100 just south of the route 23 intersection. There are gentle hiking trails though out the property and many wonderful spots for a rustic picnic. Of course if you "pack it must pack it out," but so worth it..the property is well kept but not formally manicured as is Longwood Gardens.

This is a spot you will want to visit over and over again.. in spring,summer,fall and even is truly spectacular..take your camera and wear walking shoes and please make a cash donation for the upkeep. Now..go enjoy Mother Nature at her finest...for more information go to


  1. Great Post! I love Welkinweir/Green Valleys. Green Valley offers a lot of outdoor activities, night hikes, bird hikes, things for kids, an envirofest etc. etc.

    I love your new blog!

  2. Thank you "yogabarb"...there is so much to discover and re-discover in the Tri-County area.

  3. Carolyn, yours is a great, descriptive piece on a Pottstown area treasure that far too few people visit. Thanks, and nicely done!

    Joe Zlomek, Managing Editor
    The Sanatoga Post