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Pennsbury Manor
Pennsbury Manor Photo courtesy the Pennsbury Society

Pennsbury Manor

The 17th-century country estate of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, Pennsbury Manor is sited on 43 acres along the Delaware River in Morrisville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Manor was reconstructed during the 1930's using a host of primary sources and currently and contains the reconstructed 1683 manor house, a worker's cottage, a smokehouse, a bake-and-brew house, an icehouse, a blacksmith shop and stables. Farm animals and formal and kitchen gardens can also be seen. The buildings display 17th- and 18th-century artifacts. Costumed guides conduct tours of the manor.

The construction of the original manor was an expression of Penn's belief that life in the country was more wholesome than in the worldly atmosphere of crowded cities. Pennsbury Manor is permeated with the spirit of this kindly, devout humanitarian, and it gives the visitor a sense of the unhurried grace and charm of those years when Pennsylvania was William Penn's "Holy Experiment."

Project consists of a videotape of Pennsbury Manor.

Originally submitted by: James C. Greenwood, Representative (8th District).

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