The Woodford Mansion in Philadelphia has recently acquired rare colonial mathematical instruments that were used for the surveying and design of many of the earliest homes in Philadelphia. A theodolite, a compass, and a set of drafting tools are now part of the Naomi Wood Collection at the mansion. These instruments were added due to them being items William Coleman, friend and confidant of Benjamin Franklin, would have used to design and construct Franklin’s home in Fairmount Park.
We are extremely excited to have these extraordinary instruments added to the Collection at Woodford’s Mansion, a National Historic Landmark,” said Larry Berger, Trustee of the Naomi Wood Trust at Woodford Mansion. “While our collection currently holds significant antiques with connections to Colonial Philadelphia and the American Revolution, these instruments add another fascinating layer to Woodford’s historic offerings.”
The collection is officially on view for the public and on Tuesday and Sundays through October 27, at 11a.m. and 2p.m., Woodford’s guides will be giving special insight on the 18th-century instruments and how they were used in different professions.
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