Under a blanket of glistening snow, visitors to Pennypacker Mills are discovering more than a beautiful countryside. This historic treasure is the home of former Pennsylvania Governor, Samuel W. Pennypacker (1903-1907) and his family. Visitors are pleasantly surprised when the door opens and they are warmly invited inside for a personal tour of this famous Pennsylvania family's early twentieth-century home. Filled with family furnishings, touches of a time gone by, and a fascinating storyline, this historic site offers what few others can...a real sense of who these people were through original artifacts and documentation.
Tour guides weave a story of this family and the Governor based upon a huge collection of personal letters, official documents from his term in office, diaries, scrap books, bills and receipts, and a depth of knowledge about this time period in America. Visitors find the 55,000 family-owned objects contained in the home reflect the lifestyle of a country gentleman farmer, a statesman, and a collector of history.
One recent visitor commented, 'I always learn something new when I come for a tour and it's free!'
In the Galleries, visitors are fascinated by the current exhibit, 'Wind it Up & Hear it Play,' which focuses on mechanical musical devices of the 19th century. The tour explores how inventors came up with ways to create music so that people didn't have to own an instrument or know how to play it. As visitors learn more about these devices, they can listen to a chamber barrel organ, Chautauqua roller organ, Regina music boxes, a Thomas Edison Amberola, and two phonographs.
The Museum Shop is open for purchasing a wide variety of interesting gifts, toys, and books. Cash, personal check or credit cards are accepted.
With ample free parking, it is no wonder that visitors from throughout the region find their way to Pennypacker Mills for a free tour into the early twentieth century where they will discover the fascinating life of Samuel W. Pennypacker.
Tour Information:ˆ Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm; Sunday, 1 to 4 pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
For more information, call 610-287-9349 or email at PennypackerMills@montcopa.org.
GPS Information: Pennypacker Millsˆ 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473.
The Pennypacker Mills Historic Site is part of the Montgomery County Department of Parks & Heritage Services, one of four heritage sites, including six parks and eight regional trail systems. The Department preserves 6,000 acres of land and sixty miles of trails for the enjoyment of the general public. Visit www.montcopa.org for more information.