Calendar of Events
Open to the public for limited hours in Fall 2020
The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation will be open all Saturdays from September through November. In order to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors, we have modified our operations in response to COVID-19 and we invite you to review the details below to help you plan your visit.
During Your Visit
All visitors are required to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible, and at all times when interacting with our staff and volunteers. Only the first floor of the historic house will be open. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the site, and handwashing is available in our restrooms. Only one household group is permitted at a time at any one activity/demonstration. All demonstrations will be held outdoors or in open-air structures, with six-foot areas roped off around each demonstrating staff member.
Before You Leave the House, please remember to bring your:
--Proof of your pre-registration. Printed tickets recommended but you can also show your ticket on your cell phone.
--Mask or face covering.
--Membership card if registering as a member.
These are just our highlight events--"Friend" us on Facebook to see last-minute additions and seasonal activities!
PURCHASE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3rd
October 10th-French and Indian Encampment and Skirmish
Become an eyewitness to history, as the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation becomes the backdrop for scenes from the French and Indian War. It’s the French and British fighting for control of the frontier, and it is taking place on Saturday, October 10th .
Watch the local militia lead by a Rodger’s Ranger as they discover a French raiding party and witness the skirmish which ensues. Visit the French and British campsites. Talk to the soldiers about their uniforms, weapons and strategy for fighting in the wilderness of the frontier. As you take in the action, remember that the French and Indian War determined not only the future of the Pennsylvania frontier but also events that put the loyal colonials on a path to revolution. There will also be demonstrations of hearth cooking, woodworking, and other everyday activities of the colonial time period.
October 3, 2020 SPIRITS AT SUNSET- This event is sold out.
An adults-only paranormal hunt that takes visitors through our c. 1720 farmhouse, springhouse, and other outbuildings in a search for what goes bump in the night.
October 17 & 23, 2020 LANTERN GHOST TOURS
PURCHASE TICKETS FOR LANTERN GHOST TOURS-October 17th
PURCHASE TICKETS FOR LANTERN GHOST TOURS-October 23rd
Hear mysterious, horrifying and true history from the Delaware County area. Tours leave our visitor's center every 30 minutes and feature eight chilling tales.
October 31, 2020 FAIRY TALE DAY
Fairy Tales are very old stories, some of them going back hundreds or even thousands of years. These stories have seen small changes over the centuries but have remained surprisingly consistent. And while they contain many fanciful and unrealistic story elements, there are bits and pieces in the stories that can give us little windows into life in the past.
Come visit us on Saturday October 31st, Halloween day, to learn about the skills of daily life in the past that we can find in fairy tales. Kids (and kids at heart) are encouraged to come in costumes, particularly if they want to dress up as a character from their favorite fairy tale! There will be readings of fairy tales throughout the day. There will also be stations for each fairy tale with skills demonstrations and trick-or-treat kinds of prizes for the children to collect, so bring a bag or other container.
In conjunction with this event, we will be having a children’s writing contest, and you can find more information and an entry form at this link: CLICK HERE
We advise pre-purchasing tickets, as only a limited number of visitors will be allowed each hour. As always, COVID safety measures will be in place, and masks that cover your nose and mouth will be required, even with costumes.
PURCHASE TICKETS FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31st
November 7 & 14, 2020 PRESERVATION DAYS
Join us Saturday, November 7th and watch us make beer! Beer was an extremely common beverage in the 18th c., consumed by people of all ages and classes. And, while you could buy beer in a pub it was also very common for farm families to make beer at home from ingredients grown on the farm. We will be doing just that during our first food preservation day! Come watch as we use historic equipment to brew barley and hops grown right here at the plantation into a batch of beer. We will also have a brewer on site brewing with modern homebrewing equipment so you can see how things have changed over the centuries. We will also have other food preservation demonstrations going on throughout the day. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide samples.