Brinton 1704 House & Historic Site, West Chester

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
**The Brinton 1704 House is currently undergoing a restoration. Drop-in tours are cancelled for the remainder of the season. Please email to schedule a special 'Restoration Tour'.**

The Brinton 1704 House is operated as an historic museum and is open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays from May 1 to October 31. We encourage you to visit the Brinton 1704 House and take a tour!

The Brinton 1704 House is unique because it is one of the oldest and best restored houses in the United States. The House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968.

The interior of the House, which you will see on your tour, is furnished authentically and boasts many special items, including period furniture, leaded-casement windows and an indoor bake oven. The walls of the House are twenty-two inches thick and are composed of stone from a nearby quarry. The House resembles medieval English architectural style.

The House was built in 1704 when Pennsylvania was still a colony of Great Britain. The Brintons were Quakers, and William Brinton, Sr. (1636 – 1700), with his wife and son, moved to the colony of Pennsylvania to escape religious persecution in England.

William Brinton, Jr. (1670 – 1751) built the Brinton 1704 House in Pennsylvania for his growing family — his wife Jane, and their six children, four sons and two daughters. Each of William and Jane's children married and their descendants make up most of the Brinton Family in America today.
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  • it was an old house I liked the tour guys they gave tons of info and were very nice I wish I had a house that good looking  more »
  • I went to visit because I found out I am a descendent of the Brinton family. The tour was very informative. The home is quite opulent by early American and Quaker standards. Some furniture pieces.....  more »
  • Interesting slice of American history. Magdalena was an excellent guide and I learned a lot of neat things not only about the home, but Delaware/Chester County, early colonial history, Quakerism, and the Brinton family! Worth 8 bucks for history buffs or architectural aficionados.
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