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.
What to know
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; pick your own fresh fruit and veggies, climb aboard our passenger train, get your face painted like a princess or pirate; visit with the farm animals in the Barnyard, go fishing at Orchard Lake and play in our Playland Playground.
Been going here since I was 9. I take my children as well. I love this place. We go just about every year if we can.
— Tay on Facebook
Fun for the whole family with exciting attractions, events and festivals all year-round!
Pick Your Own
Support local agriculture and make lifelong memories picking your own fruit and vegetables.
Fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet specialties, handmade candies and much more.
Our state-of-the-art nursery filled with plants, trees, garden accessories, seasonal home décor and more!
Tours & Parties
From field trips to family reunions, Linvilla Orchards is the perfect venue for your next gathering.
Linvilla Orchards operates two private swim clubs: Knowlton and Hidden Hollow. Summer Memberships are available.
In 1914, Arthur Linvill and his mother Lydia purchased a dairy farm with an eighty-foot tall octagonal barn. Arthur and his mother delivered fresh milk and cream to Swarthmore by horse and buggy, but Arthur wanted to grow fruit. Arthur planted orchards and then sold the fruit from a horse-drawn wagon. With the increased use of automobiles, people started coming 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. Arthur's son Paul, Paul's wife Peg, and their children and grandchildren continue to operate Linvilla Orchards — staying faithful to the tradition that has made Linvilla such a great place to visit for over a century.
We hope you'll be a part of the next great era in Linvilla history.
Our History- time line
- 1914 – Arthur Linvill and his mother Lydia Linvill purchased the original 110 acres of Linvilla with farm house and octagonal barn. Additional pieces of property added throughout the years to create the current 350 acre farm. The Octagonal barn housed some cows and horses, but the dairy herd was not included in the purchase of the farm. Arthur purchased cows to continue the dairy, but Arthur’s interests were in orchard fruit. He planted fruit trees shortly after the purchase.
- 1914 - Arthur farmed buckwheat on the property his first few years.
- 1915 – first apple and peach trees planted on the farm
- 1915 - Fruit and milk sold from cart and wagon
- 1922 - Arthur married Mabel Wolf
- 1925 – 1929 Arthur and Mabel have three sons born Lawrence, Paul, and Donald
- 1927 – Knowlton Swim club mud hole started with horse and scoop
- Raised three boys and work on the farm – two were drafted
- 1940’s – peaches and apples moved off the porch and into the barn and the last of the animals moved to outside pastures.
- 1953 - Paul attempts to sail around the world
- 1952-1958 Lawrence and Esther Linvill have four children – David, Kenneth, Deborah, and Brian
- 1955 -1960 Donald and Libby have three children – Cathy, Marie, and Barb
- 1956 - Paul returns to farm and works with his two brothers and His dad (Arthur) and his mother (Mabel) working the farm
- 1957 – Paul Linvill married Margaret Fisher from East Haddam Connecticut(Peg Linvill)
- 1959-1965 Paul and Peg Linvill have four children born – Susan, Steven, Nancy and Jean
- 1962 - Donald, the youngest of the three brothers, sold his shares and started Linvill’s little red barn in California.
- 1964 – Porch added to octagonal barn
- 1965 – Hidden Hollow Swim Club Opens
- 1960’s (Late)- Bakery ovens purchased and bakery started in farm market
- 1969 – Dried flower shop added "Weed Pod & Posy Shop"
- 1971 Linvilla’s Pumpkinland display wins first place at Philadelphia Harvest Show
- Arthur Linvill's grandchildren grow up helping out on the farm
- 1970's-David Linvill ran the PYO operation - mostly strawberries.
- 1980 - Arthur Linvill passed
- 1987 – Larry Linvill retired and sold his development rights to Middletown Township
- Paul's family obtained 'Life Estate' rights of township property
- 1987 – Paul’s four children come home from all over and agree to keep working the business.
- 1988- Purchased neighboring warehouse building
- 2002 - Devastating Fire destroys Octagonal Barn
- New farm market built
- Maintenance workshop moved
- 2010 - 15,000 sq foot greenhouse and garden center added
- 2013 - Linvilla purchased 36 acre neighboring property
- 2018 - Margaret Fisher Linvill passed
- 2019 - Beer garden added
- Arthur held a degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University
- Grandfather, Arthur, loved his roses and took amazing care of them. For many years you could see him working in his gardens.
- Paul - Also loves his roses
- Arthur had planted 12 different kinds of heather around his waterfall garden. One heath or heather bloomed each month of the year.
- Had a Nut farm in Landenberg
- Lydia did not permit the sale of apple cider on the farm because of its alcohol potential