Throughout the year we’ve been celebrating the unique clothing of the various people living and visiting Pennsbury Manor in the late 17th Century. After featuring the Laborers and the Servants/Tradespeople, Read More
Our Not-So-Quaker Holly Nights!
The staff at Pennsbury Manor are scurrying everywhere getting ready for our annual Holly Nights this week, but in reality William Penn’s home would have been quiet and uninterrupted over Read More
Keep Your Wig On!
We just got out new “William Penn” wig today, and we’re wiggin’ out!! Many thanks to Colonial Williamsburg’s Wig Shop, who constructed this wig along with another on display here Read More
German Cooking: Not the “Wurst” Food in the Colony!
During the 17th Century, what we know as Germany was a hodgepodge of different states disputing everything from religion to politics. With religious persecution and destruction brought about by The Thirty Read More
Peaches and peppers and squash… oh my!
“The gardiner is brisk at work. The Peach-Trees are much broken down with the weight of Fruit this Year.” William Penn’s steward James Harrison reported this good news in October Read More
Miniature Models – Dressing Children in the 17th Century
As the school year quickly shifts into high-gear and stores advertise their latest sales on backpacks and sneakers, the staff at Pennsbury can’t help but notice the differences between modern Read More
A Posting on Possets!
Our fellow museum bloggers over at Winterthur just posted a great article on the popular Posset Pot, a commonly-shared drinking vessel which had its own unique beverage concoction. A couple years ago, Read More
French Cuisine – The Height of English Fashion
Last month our Open-Hearth Cooks demonstrated the cooking traditions of the Netherlands, previewed in an article we posted about Dutch foodways. Now we turn our attention to another highly influential culture, Read More
Confessions of a Costumier: Dressing the Tradespeople
Following our 17th-century Fashion Show last spring, I posted an article highlighting the Laborers and their clothing – next up are the Servants & Tradespeople! These men and women did not Read More
Learning Your ABC’s and 123’s – A 17th-Century Education
“Education is the stamp Parents give their Children” – William Pen When we think of standards in education today, it is safe to say it has come a long way Read More