Calendar of Events
The Plantation is open most Saturdays and Sundays, April through November for public tours. A regular day might include a house tour, animal tour, and other activities. About once or twice a month, though, we have extra special events that visitors can enjoy. Those events are listed below. Admission is $10.00 ($6.00 for children ages 4-12) unless otherwise noted.
These are just our highlight events--"Friend" us on Facebook to see last-minute additions and seasonal activities!
March 31, 2018
EASTER EGG HUNT
The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation will host an Easter Egg Hunt at 11:00 am. Children 12 and under are welcome to search the fields of the farm to find eggs with treats and surprises in them. Three hunts, divided by age group, will begin at 11:00 (1-4 years), 11:15 (5-8 years) and 11:30 (9-12 years). There will be a puppet show (Segal Puppet Theatre Company) for young children following the hunts. Pre-registration is strongly suggested to guarantee your child's spot. All visitors age 4 and up must pay for a ticket; only ages 12 and under are permitted to hunt for eggs. Families are welcome to stay and explore the farm and see the animals. Admission is $8.00 for adults and children 4-12. Children age 3 and under are free, as well as members. Members: You must present your valid 2018 membership card and a photo ID at the door.
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND PURCHASING YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE. First, this event can sell out, so advance purchases are guaranteed their spot. Secondly, the line for paying at the door can be quite long, but a separate line will be open for tickets purchased online and you can get in much faster.
Online ticketing for this event will end at 11:59pm on March 30, 2018. Tickets will be available at the door on a first come, first served basis.
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE EGG HUNT TICKETS
Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by:
April 14, 2018 SHEEP SHEARING
Come to the Plantation and see three of our rare breed sheep lose their fleece. We will have Margaret Quinn, a master shearer, explain how to shear and then demonstrate by using hand shears. We will also explain how to care for sheep, what they eat, and the advantages of various breeds. Visitors will have an opportunity to card wool. There will also be a chance to learn about our other farm animals including our horses, cow, steers, chickens, pigs and turkeys. There will be hearth cooking, garden, farm, and house tours.
May 12, 2018
GIFTS FROM A SECRET GARDEN
On Mother's Day weekend, enjoy a hands-on tour of our kitchen garden and make a gift for the treasured woman in your life. Admission includes house tours, animal tours, and the chance to engage in all of our various farm chores. Visitors will also have the chance to take part in one take-home activity, which may include making bath teas, lip salves, medicinal teas, dyeing a handkerchief, and more (additional activities available at an additional charge.)
June 16, 2018 FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR
Become an eyewitness to history, as the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation becomes the backdrop for scenes from the French and Indian War. Watch the local militia led by a Rodger's Ranger as they discover a French raiding party and witness the skirmish which ensues (skirmishes at 12:00pm and 2:15pm.) 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 a demonstrations of colonial weapons and 17th and 18th century money ongoing throughout the day.
June 23rd -- CLOSED for a private event.
July 1 & 4, 2018
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS
Hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence, write your own declaration using quill pens, and engage in other acts of rebellion on the farm! Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic basket lunch or purchase refreshments. Reading from Paine's "The Crisis" (12:30 and 2:30) and a reading of the Declaration of Independence (1:00 and 3:00 with burning of King George.) Feel free to pick up a quill pen and sign the declaration yourself.
July 14, 2018
PIRATES, SPIES AND ROGUES
Learn about the nefarious history of the Philadelphia area by engaging in pirate battles, spy missions, and other unsavory family-friendly activities!
August 11-12, 2018
Join the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation as you travel through over 300 years of American history. Come and meet our earliest settlers and then travel to the Civil War on up to the Second World War. The Plantation house will be open for tours and displays.
Reenactors and Reenactment Groups must click here to register to be part of this event.
Please Note: We will be CLOSED August 18-19 while we clean up from storm damage that occurred earlier in the week. We will reopen as usual on August 25th. Thank you for your patience!
September 1, 2018
BACK TO SCHOOL SCIENCE DAY
"Back to School" doesn't mean the fun has to end! Try your hand at experiments like dyeing cloth, churning butter, mixing soap and making candles, decide what it takes to breed "the perfect sheep," meet Ben Franklin and his inventions, and discover the everyday science we take for granted!
September 29-30, 2018 CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT
The South is invading Pennsylvania again. Witness firearm demonstrations, drills, a burial squad, use of herbs in the 1860s and camp life. There will be a period fashions and displays of civilian life. Battles will take place on Saturday at 12pm and 4pm. Sunday's battle will be at 2. Watch the North try to defend the farm against the invading forces from old Dixie. No visitors are permitted to enter after battle has begun and until it is finished. Admission for this event is $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for children ages 4-12.
A registration form for reenactors and reenactment groups is available at the link below. Please read and fill out the forms and mail back to us along with a check for your payment.
Reenactor Registration Forms
October 13th, 20th, and 27th, 2018
LANTERN GHOST TOURS
Our sold-out event returns for its fourth season! Ghost tours run 6:00pm-9:30pm in timed slots. Space is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets for the regular ghost tours are $13.00 each ($10.00 for members.) Due to the graphic nature of some material, only ages 10 and up permitted. Tickets will go on sale for members on July 16th, and to the general public on July 23rd. UPDATE: SOLD OUT OCTOBER 13 AND 20
November 17, 2018
Winter is coming to the farm. See how a colonial farm family preserved their food and crafted the whiskey, hard cider, beer and wine that they drank throughout the year. Take part in the smoking, pickling, drying and salting of foods.
November 23, 2018 BLACK FRIDAY -- OPEN 11:00am - 4:00pm
Due popular interest, the Plantation will be open all of Thanksgiving weekend, including Black Friday. We will be decorated for the holidays; visitors will get to experience house tours, farm animal tours, candle dipping, colonial holiday traditions, and more.
November 25, 2018 CLOSING DAY
SPECIAL TICKETED EVENT: A Very Bovine Birthday Party!
Saturday, December 15th, 2018
12:00pm - 3:00pm
On December 15th, something very special will happen at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation. Rust, our working steer, will turn 4 years old. This alone might be a cool reason to party, but at 4 years old a working steer that is fully trained is allowed to be called an Ox. So what's the big deal? Well, the Plantation has never trained a bovine from calf to ox. In fact, very few people in the country are left who can train oxen. This is a BIG DEAL, and to celebrate we want to have a BIG PARTY. There is fun to be had for all ages, whether you're a calf or an ox!
Your admission goes directly to our Animal Fund, which helps to support Rust and his other animal buddies. We'll have a BIG birthday cake, hot cocoa and hot cider. Visitors will also have a chance to be a teamster and help drive Rust and learn the voice commands we use to work with him. Young visitors can decorate a Rust-shaped cookie, make their own set of horns, and more.
Tickets are $8.00 for adults and children ages 4 to 12. Children age 3 and under are free, as are members. Advance tickets are strongly recommended, as space is limited. You can purchase your tickets by CLICKING HERE