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Charter Day Open House

March 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Rare and limited time exhibit will be installed at Pennsbury Manor this Charter Day, March 11th from 1pm-4pm. “The Great Law” drafted by William Penn in 1682 will be on public display for the first time EVER. This 6 page edict was the first governing document for the Province of Pennsylvania and mandated, for the first time in PA history, the freedom of religion and religious practices. The Great Law will be on short loan for Charter Day from the State Archives. Get a look at this revolutionary directive that helped lay the ground work for the Constitution of the United States.

Pennsbury Manor welcomes one and all to celebrate the birthday of Pennsylvania for FREE. Spend the afternoon with William Penn and the people of Penn’s time and enjoy the sights and sounds of 17th-century daily life. Colonial craftspeople, dressed in period clothing, will be demonstrating blacksmithing, joinery, and beer brewing. A wonderful display of 17th-century foods will be offered by the cooks, who will be on hand to explain the process of open hearth cooking. Take a tour of the Manor House with costumed interpreters and stop and see the role-players reenact “Voyage of the Welcome,” the voyage of 1682 when William Penn and other prospective colonists traveled to Pennsylvania on a ship called The Welcome. Charter Day is a fun day filled with activities for the entire family and it’s free.

During the Charter Day event, Pennsbury Manor will be holding a food drive to benefit the Bucks County Housing Group’s Penndel Food Pantry. Please bring along a non-perishable food item.


March 11
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm