Pennsbury Manor

William’s World: We’re So Cheesy

July 9th, 2012

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

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Penn’s Pen: Caretaker of a New World

July 1st, 2012

In honor of our upcoming Independence Day, we thought it fitting to share some of William Penn’s thoughts.  In the letter excerpt below, Penn had just received the Charter from King Charles II and Read More

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William’s World: Men of Metal and Mettle

June 28th, 2012

Back in May, we posted an article on the Joyner’s Trade.  Now our intern Ray is exploring the blacksmithing tradition at Pennsbury and wants to share what he’s found! A Read More

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William’s World: Hi-Ho the Dairy-O!

June 13th, 2012

“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

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Confessions of a Costumier: Dressing the Laborers

May 29th, 2012

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

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William’s World: Why Don’t You Joyn Us?

May 1st, 2012

This post was written by Steve Samuel, a new volunteer interpreter in the Pennsbury Manor Joyner’s Shop!   He thought many people, like himself, wouldn’t know the difference between a Joyner and all the Read More

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William’s World: Ode to the Springtime Milkmaid!

April 26th, 2012

  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

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