Calendar of Events
Spring Events-Open Saturdays & Sundays
New this year-Sunday Storytime! Join us the 3rd Sunday of every month from 12:00pm until 2:00pm we will be reading from a children's book, the children will then do a hands on activity, go on a behind the scenes farm tour and then you are welcome to picnic in our grove!
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May 16th-Homespun Sarah
June 20th-The Pen that Pa Built
July 18th-Charlie Needs a Cloak
May 15th-Sheep Shearing and Textiles-Come to the Plantation on Saturday, May 15th, and see our rare breed sheep lose their fleece. Eva Mergen, one of our farmers, will explain how to shear and then demonstrate the skill by using hand shears. We will also have people demonstrating most of the steps for turning that wool into cloth for clothing, and visitors will have an opportunity to card wool. We will explain how to care for sheep, what they eat, and the advantages of various breeds. There will also be a chance to learn about our other farm animals including our horses, ox, pigs, chickens, geese, and turkeys. There will be hearth cooking, garden, farm, and house tours. Enjoy a day in the country that is very close to home. Shearing times are 11:30 to 12:30 and 2:00 to 3:00. To purchase tickets or make a free member reservation CLICK HERE
May 9th-Join us on Sunday, May 9th and watch wool washing demonstrations, learn about what is growing in our garden, take a farm or house tour and don't miss our adorable 6 piglets born Sunday, April 18th! CLICK HERE
May 29th-Militia Muster and Lock, Stock and Barrell Display-Join us on Saturday, May 29th for a discussion by local historian Chris Reardon as he presents an in-depth look at the evolution of hunting and military arms from the beginning of European settlement in the Delaware Valley, to the Valley's impact on the arms used as the eastern settlements push westward.
There will be a small colonial muster. In colonial times, a muster was the gathering of local farmers to drill, work, and socialize with good food and music. The muster will include long rifle demonstrations, fire starting, hearth cooking as well as farm chores and our farm animals. To purchase tickets or make a free member reservation CLICK HERE
June 19th-French & Indian War 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.
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. To purchase tickets or make a free member reservation CLICK HERE
To register as a reenactor Click here
Registration for reenactors that are camping is $10.00
July 4th Celebrations On July 3rd and 4th, enjoy a picnic at the farm and celebrate our nation's birthday by hearing the Declaration of Independence and witnessing the crowd’s reaction. Watch the colonials make a demonstration against the king by burning him in effigy. See the loyalist reaction to this treasonous act. You are also welcome to show your loyalty by signing the Declaration. Other activities at the farm include hearth cooking, textile demonstrations, long rifle, garden and animal talks. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic basket lunch, a comfortable chair or blanket and enjoy the Fourth as it was celebrated years ago on a true colonial farm in Chester County.
August 7th-Hops, Beer and Tavern Music
On August 7th, enjoy a picnic at the farm and celebrate the Hop harvest by picking the hops from the vine and watching our colonial and 21st century brewers make beer. We will have our colonial musicians create the mood with some good old fashion tavern songs. Other activities at the farm include hearth cooking, textile and long rifle demonstrations, garden and animal talks.
August 21st-Spirits at Sunset What do you do when you come face-to-face with what goes bump in the night...?
With its first structures built in the 1690s, the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation is host to a number of possible hauntings. Spirits at Sunset offers the opportunity to use ghost hunting equipment to explore four of the Plantation's oldest and most storied buildings, while the entire experience is tracked using LIVE night vision monitors.
Doors open at 7:00pm--please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early as our site can be difficult to find in the dark. Plantation staff will give guests a historical overview of the site to better prepare them for their investigation. The investigation will begin around 7:15pm.
September 25th and 26th-Civil War Battle & Camp The South is invading Pennsylvania again. The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation will be hosting a Federal and Confederate battle and camp on Saturday, September 25th and Sunday, September 26th. Witness firearm demonstrations, drills, and camp life. Battles will take place on Saturday at 12 and 3. Sunday’s battle will be at 2. Watch the North try to defend the farm against the invading forces from Old Dixie. To register as a reenactor, CLICK HERE
October 9th and October 10th-Medieval Days On Saturday and Sunday, October 9th and 10th come see what life was really like during the Middle Ages in Europe. From the Romans to the age of Columbus, various encampments will portray aspects of Medieval Life. See how five hundred years of European culture thrived and changed. Romans, Saxons, Normans, and Vikings, and will portray life of this heroic era of Western Civilization.
To register as a reenactor, CLICK HERE
October 16th and October 23rd-Ghost Tours The Colonial Plantation, one of the most haunted properties in Delaware County, invites you to an evening of strange sounds, squeaky doors, and ghostly stories. Relive 300 years of the area's most mysterious, scary and true tales of terror. Start by following the torch lit path and discover the strange and inexplicable ways that colonists treated their dead.
Our stories are researched by our staff, are local on the Delaware County area, and are absolutely spine-chilling! Due to the graphic nature of some stories, we will not allow anyone under the age of ten to participate, and we recommend ages 12 and up.
November 6th-Preservation Day-Cider Making The apples have been picked but the cider still needs to be made. Join us in bringing the apples to the press to be made into the most popular drink in colonial times, cider. The neighbors of the Plantation will also come together to show off their period fashions, make candles, and spin wool.
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*Events are subject to change. Please call 610-566-1725 for more information.