History of Radnor Hunt

Founded in 1883, Radnor Hunt is the oldest active fox hunt in the United States. For a century and a quarter, it has been the center of a vibrant sporting community. In addition to foxhunting, it has hosted many other notable activities of horsemanship, including racing.

Many leading families of Philadelphia have enjoyed Radnor Hunt since its inception. Founded by Pennsylvania Railroad titan Alexander Cassatt and James Rawle of Brill Streetcar Manufacturing fame, the original property (at the intersection of Darby-Paoli and Roberts Roads) was purchased in 1883. Rawle was elected the first president, with Horace B. Montgomery as the inaugural master of foxhounds.

Throughout the end of the 19th and early years of the 20th centuries, the exploits of Radnor Hunt were regularly recounted in Philadelphia newspapers. The Thanksgiving Day hunt and associated Hunter Trials and Races attracted large crowds of onlookers who would drive their carriages and later their motorcars to the club to enjoy a day of sport. Even the call to duty of World War I didn’t hamper activity. However, the post-war encroachment of suburbia and attendant growth of membership led leadership to consider relocation.

Radnor Hunt moved to its present location in 1931 after the purchase of Gallagher Farm on Boot Road (now Providence Road). The farmhouse was renovated, along with the design and construction of new stables and kennels.

Today, Radnor Hunt stands as a union of traditional leisure and modern elegance.

Come explore Radnor Hunt today!

Testimonials

  • Covered Patio at Radnor Hunt
    5
    Radnor Hunt is a beautiful venue that is comfortably elegant. The covered patio is perfect for cocktail hour with breathtaking views of hunt country. There is abundant natural light throughout the reception area. The staff is very professional.
    Mary Beth B.
  • Radnor Hunt's grounds
    5
    A unique and elegant venue that is set on breathtaking property. If you savor Chester County country-elegance, this is your spot!
    Carolyn W.
  • Fruit tarts by J. Scott Catering
    4
    J Scott was very helpful and an ultimate professional. He worked well with both my wedding planner and mother to provide an amazing meal. The food was fantastic and the presentation was even better! I was very pleased as it seemed to go off without a hitch from my point of view!
    Mary T.
    Bride
  • bridal party outside radnor hunt
    5
    I got married at Radnor Hunt in July and it was exceptional. My family and I had looked a few venues before Radnor, but once we were there, we all were blown away by the landscape. We worked with Amy through J Scott Catering, and they made everything so easy for us. Leading up to the wedding, they were so organized that it took a lot of pressure off of me!
    Daylen M.
    Groom
  • Outdoor Ceremony set up at Radnor Hunt
    5
    My husband and I could not have been happier with our choice to have our wedding at Radnor Hunt in October. It was the first venue we looked at, and I immediately knew I wanted our ceremony and reception to be here. The venue is beautiful and very well maintained.
    Sarah K.
    Bride