The property has been known at various times as the Heights of Darby, Woodburne, The Scott
Estate, Little Flower, and Villa St Theresa. It is said there were encampments during the
British occupation of  Philadelphia (1777-1778) and indications that the Minquas Indian Trail
passed through the property. Before the Civil War, the property was owned by George
McHenry (related to the person for whom Fort McHenry was named). George McHenry was
President of the Philadelphia Board of Trade, a Darby Burgess and reputred to be a Southern
sympathyser who went to England and arranged for shipments to go through the Union
blockade. The property then came under the ownership of Thomas Scott who served in
Lincoln's Cabinet as Assistant Secretary of War for Transportation and later as President
of the Pennsylvania Railroad.. His son, Edgar Scott, commissioned noted architect Horace
Trumbauer to build the present mansion in 1906. The property was purchased by the Sisters
of the Divine Redeemer in the 1930's . It is believed the postcard below dates to the time the
property was used as an orphanage. It later was a nursing home and closed in 2005