Victorian Christmas Open House at Pennypacker Mills

Victorian Christmas Open House at Pennypacker Mills

Experience Christmas as it was in the early 20th century at historic Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville. On December 11, Pennypacker Mills will hold a Victorian Christmas Open House, from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you can’t attend the open house, Christmas tours can be scheduled at other times up until January 9.

At the open house, guides will be dressed in period clothing portraying family and friends. Illuminated by kerosene lamps, the home is furnished and decorated as in the early 1900s. Open house visitors will be able to tour the gallery, see a demonstration of the clear toy candy popular at Christmas in that era, and visit the museum gift shop for vintage ornaments.

The original home and grist mill were constructed around 1720, and in the early 1900s, Pennypacker Mills was the residence of Pennsylvania Governor Samuel Pennypacker. The grist mill operated until 1898 and was important to the Revolutionary War effort. In 1976, Pennypacker Mills was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Guided tours and educational programs and activities for children—including story time, nature walks, and period crafts—are available at Pennypacker Mills throughout the year. If you haven’t been there, it’s a great place to visit!

Photo and event information courtesy of Montgomery County.

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