Pennypacker Mills

Pennypacker Mills is an unusually well documented historic site where you can see what it was like to live in the early 1900s. With a unique original collection, the mansion is fully furnished with antiques collected and documented 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. 1900s kitchen

The serene country estate was landscaped by Thomas Meehan and 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.

Come see the restored Servant Area!
Visitors are now able to see the "modern," i.e. 1900s, kitchen, indoor laundry, Cook's bedroom and Work Room and see how technology changed the lives of everyone who lived and worked here 100 years ago.

Activities throughout the year include guided tours, exhibits, nature walks, workshops, and special events. Picnic facilities are available. Large group and school tours are requested to call in advance to schedule visits. Hands-On activities for groups. Part of the first floor of the mansion and the restrooms are handicap accessible. Take a virtual tour.

Pennypacker Mills Site Map

Are you a Pennypacker / Pannebakker?

Pennypacker Mills is open for free guided tours Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday 1 to 4 pm. Last tour starts at 3 pm. Tours take about one hour. The site is closed all Mondays and county holidays.  


Activities & Opportunities

    January-February Pennypacker Express newsletter 

    Sat., Feb.11th at 10:00 am
    Valentines Workshop for Kids 
    Spend an exciting morning making vintage inspired Valentines to share with loved ones.  All materials and instructions provided. Refreshments served.  Pre-registration & pre-payment required by Feb. 7th.  Ages: 5+, accompanied by an adult; fee: $5 per child. Valentine Workshop registration form

    Sat., Feb. 25th at 10:00 am  The Art of Fraktur Workshop 
    Discover the Pennsylvania German art form of fraktur. In this hands-on class, learn how to do "frakturschriften", or the "broken" lettering, which is a form of calligraphy, as well as how to create the beautiful artwork for a house blessing, which will fit into a 5" x 7" frame.  Pre-registration by February 21st. Ages: Adults; fee: $35 per person. Fraktur Workshop registration form 

Looking to Hold an Event?

Pennypacker Mills is a unique location for special occasions. If you would like to use the grounds or rent the Classroom building for your event, please contact the site to check availability, and click on the links below for additional information and forms.

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