Historic Homes Trail

Step into the late 18th-century with a visit to the Joseph Priestley House. This Georgian-style house is the home and laboratory of the discoverer of oxygen. Learn more about this famous theologian, educator and scientist with a guided tour, film and exhibits.

A pastoral setting magnifies the charm of the Conrad Weiser Homestead. Look for the spring house and a statue of Iroquois Chief Shikellamy, Weiser's partner in Native American-Colonial treaty negotiations between 1731 and 1758.

Though his family left the home when he was 16, the Daniel Boone Homestead preserves a glimpse into 18th-century life. Enjoy a house tour, then follow the gravel path around the grounds to view other period buildings.

You'll feel right at home at Graeme Park. Picnic next to the pond, where wetlands shelter hawks and deer like those Sir William Keith, Pennsylvania's Provincial Governor, might have seen when he built his home on this land around 1722.

Nearby, Hope Lodge is an exquisite 18th-century Georgian home that is grand in design and includes unique collections of period furnishings, decorative arts and fine art.

Pennsbury ManorMany homes on this trail emerged from a desire to retreat from "city" life. Pennsylvania's founder, William Penn, commissioned Pennsbury Manor in 1683 based on his belief that country living was more wholesome than city living. This reconstructed country estate on the banks of the Delaware River comes alive with costumed interpreters and farm animals.

 

 

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