Pennypacker Mills, Schwenksville

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A step back in time to the turn of the 20th century in a home filled with the original antiques in the collection of Samuel Whitaker Pennypacker who lived at Pennypacker Mills from 1900-1916. Besides being governor of Pennsylvania from 1903-1907, he was an internationally-known collector interested in all aspects of early Pennsylvania history, German and Dutch settlers, native Americans, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, as well as family history. The collection also includes political, genealogical and personal papers, and photographs.

Originally constructed about 1720, the mansion was redesigned and enlarged by architect Arthur Brockie in 1901 to reflect a country gentleman’s lifestyle. The 1900s History Center in the restored barn offers opportunites for hands-on activites at the General Store & Post Office, transportation center with carriages, wagons, and trains, and communications area with telegraph "texting."



Activities throughout the year include exhibits, workshops, and special events. Large group and school tours are requested to call in advance to schedule visits. First floor of mansion and restrooms are handicap accessible.

Picnic tables are available, as well as a Classroom building with a kitchenette that is available for rentals that holds 50-75 people.
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  • Former Governor Samuel Pennypacker was a man ahead of his time. Not only did he collect and document the most amazing antiques, but the home is equipped with many "modern" upgrades not seen elsewhere ...  more »
  • Have toured the mansion on many occasions. went there this weekend for their Christmas tour the bell choir was outside on the porch which was lovely the volunteers explain everything about the Penny P...  more »
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  • The place was just like the Pennypacker family left it over a hundred years ago the place will really take you back in time we had a wonderful tour guide I believe her name was Kathleen she explains everything the family of them times had to go through to survive I highly recommend you take your family and children to see it
  • Best historic site in Montgomery County! This is not just my opinion - Montco Happenings voters think so too, 2 years in a row! The mansion is beautifully decorated with Governor Pennypacker's own things and houses his numerous collections. The docents are extremely knowledgeable and give great free tours. The site holds many free, family-friendly events all year long. The porch is a serene place to sit, and it's lovely to stroll around the large property. It's open every day except Monday and you don't need an appointment for a tour. Check out this gem!

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