Tickets are available until two hours before the start time of the Literary Parlor

Literary Parlor

The Mansion is hosting a Victorian Literature Book Club a.k.a. “Literary Parlor.” Everyone is welcome to join 19th-century bibliophile, Kate Howe, for a lively discussion.

How Much Land Does a Man Need (and other stories)

The Kreutzer Sonata

by Leo Tolstoy

Join bibliophile, Kate Howe, for a lively discussion about several works by Leo Tolstoy. Firstly, a short story entitled “How Much Land Does a Man Need”  is an 1886 short story by Leo Tolstoy about a man who, in his lust for land, forfeits everything. Secondly, the group will discuss The Kreutzer Sonata, a novella named after Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata published in 1889 and promptly censored by Russian authorities. The work is an argument for the ideal of sexual abstinence and an in-depth first-person description of jealous rage. The main character, Pozdnyshev, relates the events leading up to his killing of his wife: in his analysis, the root causes for the deed were the “animal excesses” and “swinish connection” governing the relation between the sexes.

Sunday, October 2, at 1:30 PM

Cost: $10 – Reservations are required.


or call 215-438-1861

Spooky Literary Parlor

Spooky Literary Parlor – Join us for a spine-chilling evening of Victorian ghost stories. Volunteers select a favorite 19th-century scary tale to read aloud to the group. Select a story that can be read aloud in less than 10 minutes. If you want to be a reader, email with your selection.  Reservations are required. Time allows for only eight individual story readers so submit your selection early.

Friday, October 21, 2022, at 7:00 PM – Cost: $10


Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Brontë

Brontë’s masterpiece tells the story of Jane, orphaned as a child, who feels an outcast her entire life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where the brooding, proud Edward Rochester has hired her to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again? Join bibliophile Kate Howe for a lively discussion.

Sunday, November 13, 2022, at 1:30 PM

Cost: $10 – Reservations are required


or call 215-438-1861

Join us on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 1:30 PM for a Victorian Christmas Party at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion. The afternoon festivities kick off with authentic Christmas caroling in the parlor. 19th-century bibliophile Kate Howe will then regale you with a classic holiday tale that will delight all ages. Guests will be invited to sample a luscious Twelfth Night cake and everyone goes home with a party favor. Step back in time and enjoy the Christmas traditions of the Victorian era in a beautiful period setting that will leave you glowing with holiday cheer.

Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 1:30 PM

Cost: $15