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Pennypacker Mills, Schwenksville

#102 of 232 in Historic Sites in Pennsylvania
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · History Museum
Pennypacker Mills is a Colonial Revival mansion surrounded by 170 acres (0.69 km2) of farmland located in Perkiomen Township near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania on the shore of the Perkiomen Creek, approximately 35 miles (56 km) northwest of Philadelphia. Originally built around 1720 by Hans Jost Hite, it was purchased in 1747 by Peter Pennebacker, and remained privately owned by Pennypackers for eight generations. In 1976, the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
During the American Revolutionary War, George Washington used Pennypacker Mills in the fall of 1777 as a headquarters prior to the Battle of Germantown, and also as a field hospital for injured soldiers after the battle.

Pennsylvania governor Samuel Pennypacker made the Mills his summer home in the early 1900s, and lived there for much of his term in office (1903–1907). After his term, he lived at the Mills year-round until his death in 1916. He was an avid collector of antiques and manuscripts, and many of these can still be found on display at the Mills, along with letters and orders written by George Washington.
Pennypacker Mills is open to the public for tours Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 pm with the last daily tour at 3:30 pm. Admission is free. It also hosts special events such as Civil War reenactments on a regular basis.

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  • This attraction is greatly accommodating for the specifics of coronatimes. Reservations have to be made in advance and they limit the number of visitors. All participants have to wear masks and...  more »
  • Lived in the area for a few years and passed the property many times. Finally stood in line for 45 minutes to view the mansion during the holiday tour. It was a festive afternoon with Santa and...  more »
  • 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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