William Penn Greets Students

School Programs


Pennsbury Manor offers a variety of programs designed specifically for children. We are the only historic site in the country that relates specifically to William Penn, his contributions to Pennsylvania, and his impact on American history. All of our educational programs meet Pennsylvania history standards, and our hands-on approach to learning means that every student has the opportunity to be involved. Programs are offered Tuesdays – Fridays throughout the year. Our Education Program Coordinator will be glad to help you plan your Pennsbury Manor experience!

Read below for more information on our programs.

Call (215) 946-0400 or email c-kerscott@pa.gov for reservations and information. 

Flax PA Day 2018


What was life like 300 years ago?  The stories of people who lived and worked at Pennsbury Manor will come to life through living history demonstrations and activities, including gardening, blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, and more! Each class will visit the house at a scheduled tour time and visit the other stations at their own pace. See available dates below. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Admission is $9 per student and $9 per parent chaperone. Teachers and staff are free! 10:15 am – 12:45 pm 

FALL 2023: Tuesday October 24, November 7

SPRING 2024: Tuesdays May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28 & June 4

Call 215 946-0400 or email c-kerscott@pa.gov for reservations and information.   


Volunteer at the stable


This popular program offers teachers the opportunity to customize their visit for their students. Your school will be the only school on site that day. Students rotate between five locations.  Two stations, 17th century medicine and Writing with Quill Pens, are standard and highlight the contributions of William and Hannah Penn. You choose 3 of the following:  

  • View an Open-Hearth Cooking demonstration 
  • Learn about the enslaved people who lived and labored here with Pennsbury People  
  • Explore our Kitchen Garden 
  • See our Animals at Work  
  • Visit our Gift shop and our Seed of a Nation exhibit 
  • Experience a Native American sonic art installation nkwiluntàmën by Indigenous artist Nathan Young (exclusively for the 2023-2024 school year)

The cost is $1,200 for up to 100 students. Each additional student is $12. Teachers and school staff are complimentary. Additional adults are $12 each. Pre-registration is required. 

Call (215) 946-0400 or email c-kerscott@pa.gov for reservations and information.   

students at the river

School Tours

Our guides will engage your students in discussion and activities as they tour the Manor House and participate in two 20-minute hands-on activities.  Each tour can accommodate up to 4 classes of students and are 1-3/4 hour in length.  Cost is $9/student and adult chaperones.  School staff are free.  This option is not available in May.

children in the garden


Our pre-school programs are designed to meet the developmental needs of young children ages four to six.  Children get to experience the past through sensory activities in an historic setting.  Individual programs can be tailored to meet the needs of your group, whether you want to visit the animals in the stable or see what’s growing in the garden.  Registration is required.  The cost is $6.00 per child.  Teachers and school staff are complimentary.  Additional adults are $6.00 each

Children in the garden


Whether visiting as part of a larger group or as an individual family, Pennsbury can help you plan your visit to meet your goals. Homeschool families and groups are welcome to join us for “William Penn’s World” on the dates above. We also schedule individual or homeschool group programs at $9 per person. These tours include the Manor House and 2 hands-on activities.  Call us at 215-946-0400 to schedule.  Reservations required.

Scouting Groups

Pennsbury offers badge and activity oriented for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts. Service and Eagle Scout projects are also available. Reservations are required.

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