We are a women's social club, always welcoming new members. Become a part of 125 years of history and tradition on Boathouse Row, join the women of Sedgeley Club. Please contact us for information and upcoming membership events. We look forward to hearing from you.
Anna Estes Strawbridge, Sedgeley Club Vice President, 1950
In 1897, Ms. Margaret Corlies and a small group of women from Philadelphia petitioned the city government to allow them to build a place for women only on Boathouse Row to enjoy rowing, bicycling, canoeing, and walking in the countryside. This was unheard of since the other boathouses were reserved for men only. The women were determined and granted the right to build their house in 1902, surrounding the Turtle Rock Lighthouse, the resulting home of the Sedgeley Club. In turn, they had to maintain the lighthouse for the city from that point on.
Aside from sporting activities, Sedgeley Club provided a respite from the outdoors; lunches, teas, and dinners were served to members and their guests, as a social club. A time-honored tradition to this day.
Now Celebrating 125 years as a Women's Social Club, Historic Landmark, and Only Lighthouse on
We welcome you to host your events with us, we provide an intimate space in a historic setting on the Schuylkill River. It is a perfect place for lectures, meetings, retreats, baby showers, small weddings, brunches, luncheons, dinners, or high tea.
All events and weddings are exclusively catered by 12th St Catering.
Friends of Historic Sedgeley (FHS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit formed in 2012. FHS' mission is to maintain and preserve the Sedgeley Club building as a local and national historic landmark (1987) and to promote the architectural and cultural significance of the boathouse and the lighthouse to the public through open houses and educational programs.
FHS always seeking partnerships with supporters like you to help preserve this historic Boathouse Row building and lighthouse located along the east banks of the Schuylkill River and Fairmount Park, at 15 Kelly Drive, Philadelphia, PA. We offer many ways for you to become involved with FHS.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve the conditions of the clubhouse and the ONLY lighthouse in Philadelphia. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
"On the banks of the Schuylkill River is a lighthouse standing tall.
In the city of Philadelphia, her light shines for one and all -
Her light shines for one and all.
Oh Sedgeley, our founders built you - the bonds of friendship to maintain.
May we follow in their footsteps and keep alive the Sedgeley flame."
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