Linvilla Orchards is a 300-acre family farm dedicated to agriculture, entertainment and education. A trip to Linvilla creates family memories that last a lifetime and generations of Delaware Valley families have returned year after year to experience all of the things that make Linvilla Orchards special.
In 1914, Arthur Linvill and his mother Lydia purchased a dairy farm with an eighty-foot tall octagonal barn. The Linvills shipped fresh milk and cream to Swarthmore, but Arthur wanted to grow peaches. Orchards were planted and they sold the fruit from a horse-drawn wagon. With the increased use of automobiles people began to come to the farm where the Linvill family sold their produce from the front porch of the farm house. As the produce became more abundant, the farm became more popular and the Farm Market opened in the Octagonal Barn. Over the years a bakery and gift shop were added which complemented the operation. Neighbors from all over the Delaware Valley have been coming back ever since.
In 2002, the picturesque barn was destroyed in a fire, but the Linvill family hopes to rebuild the landmark on its original site some day. Arthur's son Paul, his wife Peg, their children and grandchildren continue to operate Linvilla Orchards, faithful to the tradition that has made it such a great place to visit for a century. They hope you'll be part of the next great era in Linvilla history.
Linvilla Orchards is fun for the whole family! Each season brings more things to see and do at Linvilla. Take a hayride through our fields and orchards; climb aboard our passenger train; experience a ride on a real pony; get your face painted like a princess or pirate; visit with the farm animals in the Barnyard, catch a big fish in Orchard Lake and play in our Playland Playground.
Extra special hayrides for children of all ages include our Hayrides to Bunnyland, Autumn Moon Hayrides, Hayrides to the Witches’ House and Winter Solstice Hayride.
Linvilla Orchards also operates two private swim clubs: Knowlton and Hidden Hollow. Memberships are available.
As part of Linvilla Orchards 100th anniversary celebration we sorted through thousands of old photos to share with you. We created our 2014 Wall Calendar featuring many of these photos and have posted them in this slide show with captions to tell you more about our 100 year history of farming in the Delaware Valley.
Do you know the difference between a minature horse and a pony? Ever wonder what horses do around the farm? Come meet our frends, Little Joe and Madison, for an informative class about thier skills and care. Linvilla's own cowgirls, Doreen and Jess, will meet you infront of the horses. This class may appeal to the older children 7 to 12 years old. We recommend "play clothes" and close-toed shoes. No registration required. No Charge.
Doreen and Jess Linvill's own cowgirls, will introduce our friends to you and tell you how they help around the farm. Meet in front of the chicken pens. This class is good for all ages, but will appeal to the little ones. We recommend "play clothes" and NO open-toed shoes! No registration required. No Charge.
Bring a guest for the day! Guest fee of just $8.
For ALL members. Begins promptly at 7:45 pm
Join us every Tuesday as a member of our staff reads an entertaining story featuring gardens, farming, animals and nature! Children can also create a special craft each week! Meet in our Garden Center. Especially for preschoolers, but your entire family is welcome to join us. No charge. Rain or Shine. No Registration required.