Oscar Hammerstein’s Highland Farm – 70 East Road. Doylestown, PA 18901

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The Back Story

Oscar and Dorothy Hammerstein moved to Highland Farm in 1940, with Oscar down on his luck.  His luck soon changed when Richard Rodgers dropped by the farm for lunch, with designs on making Oscar his new writing partner. Over the next 19 years, Highland Farm became the birthplace for timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein classics, including: Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Carousel, King and I, and Sound of Music.  He also mentored a young Stephen Sondheim there, who famously said, “in one afternoon at Highland Farm, I learned more about songwriting and musical theatre, than most people learn in a lifetime.” Mr. Hammerstein was also an active citizen, who devoted seven hours a day to the theatre and one hour to society. 

Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’ was the first Rodgers and Hammerstein song Oscar Hammerstein wrote. Listen to the lyrics. Think of it as a love song to the beauty and renewed optimism Oscar found at Highland Farm.

The Hammersteins sold Highland Farm in 1961.  The years since have seen good times and bad. In the 1970’s and 80’s, paint peeled off the walls, stucco cracked, vines climbed the house and rusted cars and old farm equipment littered the property. In 1976, eminent domain reduced the farm to 5 acres. In the 1990’s, an angel came to the rescue, restoring and transforming Highland Farm into a beautiful bed and breakfast. Then, the farm across East Rd., where the corn grew as high as an elephant’s eye, was turned into an office complex. Then in 2006, a four-lot subdivision was approved, but thankfully not executed, due in no small part to our fight for a better outcome. Finally, in November 2016, we got permission to create a museum at Highland Farm. So, Highland Farm is at a fork in the road, with two possible outcomes; another subdivision or The Oscar Hammerstein Museum.


Highland Farm Highlights

  • The Rodgers and Hammerstein was partnership formed at Highland Farm!
  • Oscar Hammerstein did most of his writing at Highland Farm!
  • Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King & I and The Sound of Music were written at Highland Farm!
  • In 1957, made for TV Rodgers and Hammerstein Cinderella with Julie Andrews drew an audience of 109 MM viewers. The most watched Super Bowl drew 114-118 MM viewers in 2015 when the U.S. population was almost twice the size!
  • Oscar taught Stephen Sondheim, “more about songwriting and the musical theatre than most people learn in a lifetime,” at Highland Farm!
  • When you combine the number of Academy, Tony and Grammy Awards and Pulitzer Prizes, earned by shows written by Oscar at Highland Farm, with Stephen Sondheim’s personal haul, the number is 75 and counting! There may not be another place like it anywhere!


Subdivision Threatens Highland Farm

The place where Oscar Hammerstein lived and worked on the Rodgers and Hammerstein hits Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music is threatened by a 4-lot subdivision. While we recently won approvals for an on-site museum, we still need to raise $2MM in the next year or the subdivision could take its place. The final goal is $10MM over 5 years, so this is a mountain we must climb together. Please help us prevent the subdivision with a small donation.

Museum Use Approved!

Zoning approval creates an opportunity for an inspiring museum experience.  To seize it, we must purchase the farm, restore the house for tours and the bank barn for a browsing museum and fill it with illuminating exhibits. Later, we aspire to build a new theatre, where the Hammerstein legacy of great musical theatre, social engagement and mentorship can be honored! But, we rely on the generosity of people like you! Please help us seize the opportunity with a small donation.

The Proposed Museum Experience

Short Film

First, we will present a short film of Oscar’s life from 1895-1940. It will include stories of his grandfather, Oscar I, father of Times Square, his father Willie, a leading vaudeville producer, his uncle Arthur, who took Oscar under his wing after he quit law school to enter the theatre, his 13 years of failure (and persistence) following a string of great successes in the mid-late 1920’s and other significant events leading up to his arrival in Doylestown.

Self-guided Museum Area

Now that you have soaked up the short film and the guided tour, it’s time to go off on your own and do some exploring inside the converted bank barn. You will wander through a rich array of interactive, multimedia exhibits featuring: Oscar I, Oscar II, his mentors, collaborators, and protégés, with special attention paid to Stephen Sondheim and of course, Richard Rodgers. There will be an area devoted to the featured show.

House Tour

The second part of your journey through Oscar’s life will be a tour of the historic home. Because Oscar lived at the farm for 20 years and wrote 5 landmark musicals there, there are too many stories to tell in a short time. So, stories will be limited to those related to a “featured show.’ So, if Oklahoma! is featured, guides will limit stories to the Oklahoma! period. And 5 smash hits, means 5 great reasons to come back!

Live Shows

At this point, you know just about everything you can learn in one day about the featured show.  Now it’s time to sit back, relax and watch the show! You will feel like it’s opening night and you were behind the scenes when the show was being written! We will have the best-educated audience that ever saw a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical!


We will become the new home of the Theatre Arts Center, where young aspiring theatre artists will have the opportunity to hone their singing, dancing and acting skills, with Oscar’s legacy of excellence as a guide. And each year, 16 talented kids will be chosen from a local pool of theatre programs, to play the children’s roles in a professional winter holiday production of “The Sound of Music.” Those kids and their parents and friends will come away with memories to last a lifetime and Doylestown will have a wonderful new annual holiday tradition!

In Historic Times

In Bad Times

Highland Farm Today

With Thanks For Invaluable Support from…


Alice Mathias (Hammerstein)

$50,000 – $99,999

Richard Shindell

$10,000 – $49,999

Millette Alexander (Hammerstein)
William Hammerstein
Melinda Walsh (Hammerstein)

$5,000 – $9,999

Pat Benner (Hammerstein)
Martha Hammerstein
Peter Mathias (Hammerstein)
Ronald Pratt
Hannah and Sam Shipley

$1,000 – $4,999

Bruce and Mary Kay Buchsbaum
Thomas J. Buck
Stephanie Chuipek MD
Tom Dodd
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hershey
Armando Martinez
Jeney Young McCoy (Hammerstein)
Meg & Greg Roth
Dr. Beth Snyder DMD
Theatre Development Fund, Inc.
Bill Walsh (Hammerstein)
Cathryn and Richard Zega
Mitchell Zuckerman

$250 – $999

Roberta Albert
Carl H. Bagell & Co. CPAs
Melissa Bird
Jennifer Chee-Bravo
William P Converse
Heidi Elwell
Richard Epstein
John Fraser
Robyn Goodman
Brad and Teddie Hathaway
Andrew Jackel
Elizabeth Loosmann
David Munshine
Elizabeth Napier
Proof Productions, Inc.
Alicia Reitman (Hammerstein)
Trevor Russel
Susan Shapiro
Kevin Young (Hammerstein)

$100 – $249

Judith Bacal
Robert Berry
Barbara Blomberg
Jill Bruzga
Michelle Churchill
Emily Conner
Margaret Donahue
Susan Dunning
Maryann Edwards
Jay and Joanne Eisenberg
Tracey Emrey
Susan Eppley
Adam Foxx
Marc Foxx
Maryanne Gallagher
Richard Haldi
Paul and Carol Herndon
Frank Kelly
Roger Kirby
Stephen Klitzman
Ann and Fred Koberna
Richard J Kowalski
Langhorne Council for the Arts
Catherine McCulloch
Elizabeth Napier
Theodore Naron
Jennifer O’Donnell
Curt Ohlsson
Carolyn Olenowski
Elaine Pasqua
Patricia Pitler
Donna Rhodes
Huston Ripley
Pennsylvania State Questers
Bruce Plevinsky
Anita Rayner
Gail Rodger
Sarah Rosen
Rikki Samuels
Jennifer Smith
Renee Pesci Smith
Geoffrey Stephenson
Maryann Toman
Kari Williams Tyksinski
David Wachob
Elizabeth Weiss
Ruth Zeiner

$1 – $99

Robert and Theresa Arrigon
Muriel Bickom
Jill Borak
Marshall and Joanne Checket
James Conte
Marjorie Danciger
James Devlin
Cheri Dodge
Cassandra Dudka
David Ehrenkrantz
Laura Eichholz
Elizabeth Esmond
Michael Farmer
Lynne C Ferrell
Samuel Frenkel
Joseph Fusco
Jim and Kathy Garland
Shirly Goetz
Phillip Graneto
Alison Gross
Ned and Babs Guardenier
Roderick and Patrick Hines
R.G. and B.J. Johnson
Garry Koop
Cecily Laidman
Paul Lanken
Wendy Liscow
Seth Madway
Melissa Mantz
William McClements
Laurie McHugh
Gregory F. Munson
Stephen and Beth McKeown
Performing Arts Tours, Inc.
AuraLee Pitt
Donna Rhodes
Steven J. Rosenberg
Jody Rosenblum
Mimi Scheckler
Amanda Severin
Kristin Shields
Susan Silverberg
Jenny Silverman
Philip and Barbara Smakula
James P Smith
Thomas Smith
Richard Tobias
Karen Tylutki
Shaaron Warne
Margaret Wright


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