PennyPacker Mills

Plan your next School or Camp trip by taking a step back into history during the times of the Civil War. Live reenactments, era specific tours available throughout the year. An excellent learning opportunity in America’s history in war that divided the nation.

Serene country estate landscaped by Thomas Meehan & 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. Fully furnished with antiques collected 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.  Scope of Collections

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

PennyPacker Mills 

5 Haldeman Road

Schwenksville, PA 19473

P. 610-287-9349

W. PennyPacker Mill

E. PennyPacker Mill

Hours:

Tues.-Sat. 10 am – 4 pm; Sun. 1 – 4 pm

Suggested Donation – $2 per person.

2014 Civil War Reunion

Saturday, May 31, 2014 ~ 10 am to 5 pm

& Sunday, June 1, 2014 ~ 10 am to 4 pm

Pennypacker Mills Mansion and Tents

More information about the 2014 event will be available on this site in early spring 2014.

Please call 610-287-9349 or email PennypackerMills@MontcoPA.org with any questions.

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School and Youth Group Programs

School and Youth Groups All Ages & Grades

The Experience

A tour of this colonial-revival mansion brings back early 20th-century middle-class living, but harkens to America’s glorious colonial past. Oil portraits, redware, scenic wallpaper and family antiques are mindful of the colonial era, but incorporated into an updated 1900 home.

Rooms harbor exquisite Victorian accoutrements, including children’s toys, and many facets of Pennsylvania history. The sprawling country estate is adjacent to the Perkiomen Creek with a landscape designed by Thomas Meehan & Sons in 1901.

History

Farming and milling became a way of life here for the original landowner Hans Jost Heijt in the early 1700s. Ancestors of Pennsylvania Governor Samuel Pennypacker bought the property in 1747 and owned it when Gen. Washington used Pennypacker Mills as headquarters in 1777. By 1903 Gov. Pennypacker, his wife Virginia and their children, used it as their summer home.

Originally constructed about 1720, the mansion at Pennypacker Mills was redesigned and enlarged by architect Arthur Brockie in 1901.

Ongoing Demonstrations, Activities and Shopping Opportunites

Civilian Street Experience bread  baking, hair fashion, children’s  dolls, phrenology, children’s clothing, & cooking. Also, visit the military engineers  and learn about map making & surveying.

Military Camps Visitors are welcome to visit  both Confederate & Union camps where they can inspect the camps, food preparation, meet soldiers & learn about life in the Infantry.

Musicians Saturday, see  Matthew Dodd throughout the  day on the Mansion Porch. Later in the day, stay after the battle for a early evening concert with the Irish Band of the PA 69th!

Artillery Stop by both Artillery camps to learn about the cannons, roles of the crew, and ammunition. It’s a blast! Sutlers. Our merchants sell a wide variety of Civil War Era merchandise from fabric & sewing needs, military & civilian clothing, and wooden toys & furniture.

Mansion Tours Throughout the weekend tour the decorated mansion of Samuel Pennypacker and his family & visit the new exhibit in the Galleries.

Museum Shop Purchase old fashioned toys, period inspired gifts, and books. Buy your copy of Six Weeks in Uniform, Governor Pennypacker’s account of his experience in the Pennsylvania militia .

Family Trips and Programs

2014 Civil War Reunion

Saturday, May 31, 2014 ~ 10 am to 5 pm

& Sunday, June 1, 2014 ~ 10 am to 4 pm

With cannons blasting and soldiers marching, the Civil War arrives in Montgomery County!

Don’t miss this outstanding two-day event with hundreds of infantry, artillery, and living historians. The event is great for all ages. Especially for kids, come to the Be a Soldier program.

The event and parking are free. Refreshments will be able for purchase.

Please call 610-287-9349 or email

PennypackerMills@MontcoPA.org for more information.

Pennypacker Mills Mansion and Tents

Ongoing Demonstrations, Activities and Shopping Opportunites

Civilian Street Experience bread  baking, hair fashion, children’s  dolls, phrenology, children’s clothing, & cooking. Also, visit the military engineers  and learn about map making & surveying.

Military Camps Visitors are welcome to visit  both Confederate & Union camps where they can inspect the camps, food preparation, meet soldiers & learn about life in the Infantry.

Musicians Saturday, see  Matthew Dodd throughout the  day on the Mansion Porch. Later in the day, stay after the battle for a early evening concert with the Irish Band of the PA 69th!

Artillery Stop by both Artillery camps to learn about the cannons, roles of the crew, and ammunition. It’s a blast! Sutlers Our merchants sell a wide variety of Civil War Era merchandise from fabric & sewing needs, military & civilian clothing, and wooden toys & furniture.

Mansion Tours Throughout the weekend tour the decorated mansion of Samuel Pennypacker and his family & visit the new exhibit in the Galleries.

Museum Shop Purchase old fashioned toys, period inspired gifts, and books. Buy your copy of Six Weeks in Uniform, Governor Pennypacker’s account of his experience in the Pennsylvania militia .

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  • rachel

    oh… i remember taking my kids here, they seemed so interested, even i learned something new that day 🙂

  • missylucy321

    I really do not know why but I am really into living history stops, but I just am . Long live the past!

  • roger

    great place to go to !!!