What to See
1. The Jane Humphrey Visitor Center. Here you can purchase admission and browse our gift shop.
2. Large Animal Pasture. Here is where you might see some examples of our working steers, cows, oxen and horses.
3. Lower Crop Field. In this area of the Plantation, we typically grow field crops like corn, wheat, barley and oats. You might also find tobacco and other colonial crops, depending on the season.
4. Pigpen. In this area you will find some of our "porcine ambassadors." Raised primarily for their meat, pigs are extremely intelligent and very easy to raise, making them an essential part of the colonial farm.
5. Kitchen Garden. In this area you will find the colonial family's vegetables, medicinal herbs, and plants used for dyeing and beer making.
6. Necessary. In a time before indoor plumbing, the colonial family often utilized an outdoor structure for their basic bodily functions.
7. Farmhouse. Sections of our farmhouse date to c. 1720, c. 1760, c. 1790 and c. 1810. You can tour restored parlors, kitchens and bedrooms.
8. Well and Well Sweep. Learn about how the colonial family retrieved the water they required for everyday tasks.
9. Springhouse and Pratt Run. Visit our functional springhouse (i.e. colonial refrigerator) and see how underground water sources were used to keep our food fresh.
10. Blacksmith Forge. On select days, you can watch our volunteer blacksmiths shape everything from door handles to cooking implements.
11. Stone Cabin. Thought to predate even the earliest section of the farmhouse, this small stone building is a mystery. It may have originally been a springhouse. Today we use the upper level for spinning and weaving demonstrations.
12. Sheepfold and Chicken Coop. A plantation guide can take you into the barnyard area to see our poultry and our Hog Island and Horned Dorset sheep.
13. Large Animal Barn. The lower level of the barn houses stalls for our larger animals, like our horses, oxen and working steers. The upper level is used for the storage of hay, straw and tools.
14. Wagon Barn. This structure would have been used to house carriages and wagons. We also use it for woodworking. On select days, you can watch our volunteers make shingles, chair legs, and other items needed for everyday life in the colonial era.
15. Orchard and Apiary. The orchard was an important part of any colonial farm as the source of both fresh fruit as well as the apples and pears needed for making hard cider. A local beekeeper maintains a few hives of honeybees above the orchard - you can purchase their honey in our gift shop!
16. Ridley Creek. This tributary of the Delaware River runs through both Chester and Delaware counties and once supplied water to a number of mills along its length, including Providence Mills, which was built in Ridley Creek State Park in 1718 and operated until 1901.