LANSDALE, PA – The Peter Wentz Farmstead is pleased to announce the opening of its brand-new exhibit, “From Home to Headquarters: Washington in Worcester” running September 30 through November 29. Visitors are invited to go back in time to October of 1777 when the Peter Wentz Farmstead was transformed from a family home to the military headquarters of General George Washington and his wartime military family. The exhibit features a detailed re-creation of the first-floor rooms used by Washington and his military staff to run the Continental Army during his stay. Learn about the troops’ movements in Montgomery County as part of the Philadelphia Campaign and the effects their presence had on residents like the Wentz family.
Admission to this exhibit is included in regular tours at the farmstead. Visitors can call the site at (610) 584-5104 to book a tour Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This exhibit has been made possible through a generous grant from the Spring House Questers.
Members of the public can also stop by the Visitors Center to view “Washington’s Indispensable Men,” a new exhibit focusing on the Commander-in-Chief’s aides-de-camp. Washington wasn’t the only notable visitor at the Wentz house in October of 1777. Alexander Hamilton, John Laurens, Tench Tilghman, and Robert Hanson Harrison were also present taking dictation for letters and orders, analyzing reports, and performing other necessary administrative tasks. Learn what made these young men indispensable to Washington’s leadership during America’s War for Independence. “Washington’s Indispensable Men” is a self-guided exhibit that can be viewed at any time during our regular hours.
On Saturday, October 8, visitors can gather around to hear first-person accounts from soldiers and civilians during our “They Passed This Way” campfire program. This free program begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Then on Saturday, October 15, come learn about Washington’s stay with the Wentz family at “For the Trouble of the House” – a special tour focusing on the records and documents that tell this story. Tours will be offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Space is limited, visitors can register for this program at https://pwfforthetrouble.eventbrite.com.
About Peter Wentz Farmstead
Peter Wentz Farmstead, a restored 18th-century Pennsylvania German historic site, is owned and operated by Montgomery County Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites and receives support from the Peter Wentz Farmstead Society. The site is regularly open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours offered on the hour. The last tour begins at 3 p.m. Tours must be reserved in advance and may include no more than 6 people in a group. The Peter Wentz Farmstead is located at 2030 Shearer Road in Lansdale, PA 19446. For more information about this program and others, please call (610) 584-5104 or visit www.montcopa.org/peterwentzfarmstead.
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