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Pennsbury Manor

Pennsbury Manor Review

On a gentle rise 150 yards from the Delaware River, Pennsbury Manor is a 1939 reconstruction of the Georgian-style mansion William Penn built in the 1680s. Living-history demonstrations on 43 of the estate's original 8,400 acres provide a glimpse of everyday life in 17th-century America. The property, including formal gardens, orchards, an icehouse, a smokehouse, and a bake-and-brew house, helps paint a picture of the life of an English gentleman 300 years ago. The plantation also shows that although history portrays Penn as a dour Quaker, as governor of the colony he enjoyed the good life by importing the finest provisions and keeping a vast retinue of servants. These extravagances led to financial difficulties that resulted in Penn's spending nine months in a debtor's prison. Though you can wander about the grounds on your own, the house can be seen only on a tour. On Sundays from April to October there are special programs, including those devoted to historic trades, living history theater, and open-hearth cooking, to name a few. To get here, follow the blue-and-yellow historical markers.

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  • Address: 400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd., between Morrisville and Bristol Morrisville, PA 19067 | Map It
  • Phone: 215/946–0400
  • Cost: $7
  • Hours: Grounds Tues.–Sat. 9–5, Sun. noon–5. Tours Apr.–Nov., Tues.–Sat. at 10, 11:30, 2, and 3:30, Sun. at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30; Dec.–Mar., Tues.–Sat. at 11 and 2, Sun. at 2
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  • Location: Pennsbury Manor
Updated: 05-19-2011

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