In 1777 when the Continental army retreated from the battle of Germantown , a skirmish took place at Prophecy Creek. General George Washington who fought against Major General Howe, moved his army through Whitpain Township along Skippack Pike. This event plus the battle of Saratoga impressed the French with General Washington’s strategy and military abilities. The French shortly thereafter offered their support with the fight for freedom. In December, General Washington was involved with the battle of Whitemarsh, and was able to monitor British movements in Philadelphia before camping in Valley Forge for the winter months.
Prophecy Creek Park is home to the largest sycamore tree in Whitpain Township. The tree was recognized in 2009 as a Pennsylvania Champion Tree. Planted in 1736 the tree stands tall overlooking the twin ponds and is one of the many photo opportunities at the manor.
HISTORY OF THE FAIR FAMILY’S FIVE GENERATIONS
IN FOOD SERVICE
Some families can trace their genealogy back for more than twelve generations, they take pride in finding they are a direct descendant of a Revolutionary Patriot or their past is from a royal family line. In a family where there is a history of a trade being transferred from one generation to another, traditions and legacies are founded. For my family, this is also true. The Fair family history in food service is the oldest foundation along Philadelphia’s Main Line and surrounding area. Our years of experience has privileged us to cater to royalty, foreign heads of state and our own country’s political officials tracing back to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
My great-grandfather was butler to the prestigious Widener family, where he was in charge of all food service operations at their Elkins Park Mansion. His duties included managing and training the professional staff of the Widener Home. During the early 1900’s, there were many society events hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Widener, with invited delegates from around the world. My great-grandfather performed these successful events and became an integral part of the Estate’s operations.
My grandfather, Norman Fair, was Philadelphia’s premier caterer. His experience from the halls and dining rooms of the Copeland Estate in Delaware, afforded him a wealth of knowledge in hospitality. His reputation for fine food and service preceded him. My grandfather was requested to cater and perform many society events including service to Kings and Queens, past Presidents, many Hollywood celebrities and affluent personalities on their visits to Philadelphia. One of Norman Fair’s finest accolades was catering twenty-two consecutive years for the prestigious Philadelphia Antiques Show benefiting the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
My father, Robert Fair, is a pioneer and an outstanding event site developer. He has designed, improved, and or expanded many of the event locations in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Professionals in our industry continue to request his expertise in design motivation or planning inspirations. His vision for the manor house transported the property from an initial thought to one of the most desired wedding venues sought by brides, grooms and their families. My father enhanced the estate to pristine landscaped grounds, a gorgeous manor home, double terrace and illuminated ponds with waterfalls and fountains. The Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park is truly his masterpiece and pièce de résistance.
I have the privilege of continuing our tradition from the expertise and wisdom I personally received from all three of the above gentlemen. Learning from the best in the industry has granted me the professional insight to perform at the highest level of excellence. I look forward to presenting my history of hospitality to your future event.
My son, Peter Fair, is on site at the manor house and conducts tours for our bride and grooms daily. His passion for hospitality makes this father very proud. I am especially pleased with his endeavors as he brings up our fifth generation in service. It is my hope that Peter continues this legacy with the courtesy, respect and professionalism my family has established.
Wishing you well with your event,