Just as in the time of William Penn, the work was never done, and so too do we find our fourth post in regards to Dairying! Our first posts covered the Read More
William’s World: We’re So Cheesy
We’ve recently been discussing just how important dairying was, first as a career for the idyllic milkmaids and as a country business that was transported into towns (resulting in a more convenient, but poorer Read More
William’s World: Hi-Ho the Dairy-O!
“My cow is a commonwealth to me… for she allows myself, my wife and son for to banquet ourselves withal.” ~ Food in Early Modern England A while back, we posted Read More
Confessions of a Costumier: Dressing the Laborers
About a month has passed since our 17th-Century Fashion Show, and we had such an amazing time! A HUGE thank-you goes out to our lovely volunteer models (L-R) Mike Thomforde, Read More
William’s World: Ode to the Springtime Milkmaid!
The Milkmaid, Jan Vermeer, 1657-8 I really don’t like to milk cows. I can’t stand to churn butter. I know this is a shocking admission from a so-called history Read More
Living the Life of a 17th-Century Farmer
Last weekend, during our annual spring Interpreter training, I shared an amazing BBC mini-series on 17th-century farm life, and I wanted to make sure everyone else got to hear about it Read More
Our Newest Resident: Meet Romeo!
Pennsbury is pleased to welcome a new addition to our “Living Collections”: meet Romeo! Romeo is a 26 year old white Arabian horse who moved in on Friday, January 6. He Read More
And you think your job is hard? Try colonial farming!
I’d like to share a fascinating video our site director, Doug, just emailed my way. Here at Pennsbury Manor, we talk a lot about life on a late 17th-century farming Read More