Many who attend our Fox Chase Reading Series at Ryerss Museum and Library in Northeast Philadelphia are familiar with the story of how the Ryerss Burholme summer home became a museum and library and the grounds a large park for the enjoyment of the people. When touring the museum we learn of how the Ryerss were animal rights activists long before it became popular with stories of Anne Waln Ryerss saving abused horses and bringing them back to Burholme to care for them. Anne’s stepson, Robert Waln Ryerss, a Philadelphia attorney, was instrumental in helping create the Pennsylvania SPCA and the Anti-Vivisectionist Society of Pennsylvania. The Ryerss Museum and Library features a pet cemetery and many portraits that the family commissioned of their beloved animal companions.
Upon Anne Waln Ryerss death she bequeathed funds to establish a hospital for ill, aged and injured animals and additional funds to maintain a farm. The farm was established by Robert Waln Ryerss in the Bustleton section section of Philadelphia on 80 Acres at Krewstown and Meeting House Roads. The Farm moved several times before settling in at its present home on Ridge Road in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. The farm known now as Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines continues the vision and mission of Anne Waln Ryerss in caring for horses at the farm.
A century and a quarter later, Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines is the oldest non-profit horse sanctuary in the United States and continues to provide a haven for horses of all breeds, sizes, and walks of life, thanks to the far-reaching vision of a bold and determined lady named Anne Waln Ryerss.
Visitors are welcome to stop by the farm and see the horses between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Group tours can be arranged by calling the office in advance at (866) 469-0507. The cost is free but donations are most appreciated. You can click here to Read about how Ryerss began.
*some information in this post from the Ryerss website.