Pennypacker Mills is an unusually well documented historic site where you can see what it was like to live in the early 1900s. With a unique original collection, the mansion is fully furnished with antiques collected and documented by former Pennsylvania Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker reflecting his interests in early Pennsylvania history, German and Dutch settlers, Native Americans, the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The collection also includes Governor Pennypacker’s political (1903 - 1907), genealogical and personal papers. Research by appointment.
Tours include the first two floors of the mansion, including the newly restored Servant area. Visitors are now able to see the "modern," i.e. 1900's, kitchen, indoor laundry, Cook's bedroom and Work Room and see how technology changed the lives of everyone who lived and worked here 100 years ago. Tours are FREE. The serene country estate was landscaped by Thomas Meehan and Sons to highlight the Colonial Revival mansion and surrounding farmland of 170 acres. Originally constructed about 1720, the mansion was redesigned and enlarged by architect Arthur Brockie in 1901 to enhance a country gentleman’s lifestyle.
Education programs are offered in the 1900’s History Center, located in a historic barn. Children can shop in the General Store, learn about child labor in the coal mines of Pennsylvania through hands-on activities and a lesson, and explore exhibits on transportation, schools, and everyday life. In the Classroom Building children can discover what it was like to be the cook at Pennypacker Mills. Using hand-powered kitchen gadgets, a Hoosier cabinet, and more. Visit the Children’s Heritage Garden for a guided tour to learn about heirloom vegetables, herbs and flowers that were historically grown on the property.
Pennypacker Mills is operated by the County of Montgomery, Division of Parks, Trails & Historic sites. Activities throughout the year include guided tours, exhibits, nature walks, workshops, and seasonal events. Picnic facilities are available. Large group and school tours are requested to call in advance to schedule visits. Part of the first floor of the mansion and the restrooms are handicap accessible. Hours: Closed Mondays and major holidays. Seasonal event times may be different than regular hours. Check website: http://www.montcopa.org/pennypackermills