Distance Learning

A Distance Learning program from Pennsbury Manor is a great way to bring history to your students without leaving the classroom! Whether you are too far away to make the journey or want to enhance your onsite visit with a follow-up lesson, a Distance Learning lesson could be the perfect fit for you. This program requires a strong internet connection and access to Skype, Google Hangout, or Facetime. For more information or to book your Distance Learning program, please call our Education Program Coordinator at 215-946-0400. Please allow two weeks notice to book your program.


Tour of Pennsbury Manor

Learn about William and Hannah Penn, the founding of Pennsylvania, and everyday life in the late 17th century during this informative and interactive program! Students will examine the artifacts that tell William Penn’s story as they travel through his reconstructed home.
Grade level- recommended for grades 3-12
Program length- flexible timeframe of 45-60 minutes depending upon teacher preference
Cost is $100.00 for up to 50 students. Additional students are $1.00 per student.


The Voyage of the Submission

In this award-winning program, students assume the identity of an actual crewmember or passenger onboard the Submission, which set sail for Pennsylvania in 1682.  Students learn what happened before, during, and after the voyage, as well as explore the broader issue of immigration to the American colonies.
Grade level- recommended for grades 4-12
Program length- 45-60 minutes depending upon teacher preference
Cost is $100.00 for up to 50 students. Additional students are $1.00 per student.


Two American Witch Trials

In 1684, Margaret Mattson was accused by her neighbors of being a witch. This program is a recreation of Pennsylvania’s first and only witch trial. Some students have scripted roles and all other students serve on the jury. The jury decides whether Margaret (usually portrayed by the teacher) is guilty or innocent.  After their verdict is rendered, one of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials is recreated, with students again presenting the testimony against the accused. Afterwards, the circumstances leading up to each of these trials and the outcomes of each trial are compared.
Grade level- recommended for grades 4-12
Program length- 45-60 minutes depending upon teacher preference
Cost is $100.00 for up to 50 students. Additional students are $1.00 per student.


Slavery in Pennsylvania: The Request

William Penn was here by choice. Others were not. The backdrop for this program is a rather ordinary task – doing the laundry at Pennsbury Manor.  As students learn how to do laundry in the 17th century style, they reenact the true story of Jack, an African American slave owned by William Penn, and Parthenia, Jack’s enslaved wife.  As their story unfolds, the institution of slavery as it existed in colonial Pennsylvania is explored.
Grade level– recommended for grades 4-12
Program length– 45-60 minutes depending upon teacher preference
Cost is $100.00 for up to 50 students. Additional students are $1.00 per student.