After years of hearing about Pennsbury Manor 9having been raised in Pennsylvania), I decided to cross the river (I now live in NJ) for a visit. The roads leading to this historic home do not give any sense of traversing time: You pass mountainous land fills and lakeside vacation shacks. But the trip was worth it all, especially when contrasted against 18th century homes near Philly (Bartram's, Trent's, Lemon Hill, Strawberry mansion, Sweetbriar Mansion...). The contrast shows how much life improved for the wealthy in America between 1680 and 1740 or so. The rstoration of Pennsbury was clearly a majr undertaking. Art historians have made sure contractors employed original features everywhere they could. Floor boards 3-4 feet wide are evident as are other hard-to-get materials. They also have a cider mill and other key features of households of the time. I recommend this historic home for a visit for adults and children alike.
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