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Pennsbury Manor, Morrisville

#6 of 10 in Historic Sites in Bucks County
Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Pennsbury Manor is the colonial estate of William Penn, founder and proprietor of the Colony of Pennsylvania, who lived there from 1699 to 1701. He left it and returned to England in 1701, where he died penniless in 1718. Following his departure and financial woes the estate fell into numerous hands and disrepair. Since 1939 it has been the name of a reconstructed manor on the original property.

Penn had his manor built on an 8,000-acre (3,200 ha) parcel, part of his much larger grant of land from the Crown. It was located about 25 miles north of Philadelphia along the Delaware River in present-day Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

In 1929 the Pennsylvania legislature authorized acquisition of the property by gift. In 1932 the Warner Company donated nearly ten acres of the property to the state of Pennsylvania as a site for a permanent memorial to Penn. The Pennsylvania Historical Commission was given responsibility for it. The legislature appropriated money to reconstruct the buildings of this estate in a historically accurate manner, to create a house museum in 1939. Over the decades, more land was acquired, and the property now has a total of 43-acre (17 ha). The property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 28, 1969. The manor house and grounds are administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in association with The Pennsbury Society, and are open to the public.
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  • Step back into the late 1600's at the Manor House of William Penn, along the Delaware River. Tour begins at the modern Visitor Center. Inside, there is a theater showing a short film about the...  more »
  • Have wanted to try their Holly nites for years. Finally got to it this year. Pennsbury Manor is the rebuilt home of William Penn, the founder of PA. They take you thru a Christmas celebration for...  more »
  • Went for the Brews and Bites festival--it was awesome! Such a cool location right on the water. Lots of open space and a ton of beers and ciders to sample.
  • Fun place to visit. Would be a great place for a beautiful spring or fall wedding. Friendly staff.

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