Activities & Accomplishments
The Friends raise funds through membership fees, donations, the Craft Marketplace, raffles (quilts and Madame Alexander dolls at the Civil War Event; a decorated feather tree during the Christmas season; holiday baskets and 50/50/raffles at some events), and sponsorships.
In 2011, the Friends sponsored Beyond the Ropes Tour (Our Curator’s Favorite Hidden Things), a rare opportunity to enjoy a private, up-close look at items within the library and dining room of Pennypacker Mills. In 2012 the Friends sponsored Behind the Scenes in the Servants' Wing, a guided tour of an area never before opened to the public, viewed in its pre-restoration state. Each October, we host our Annual Reception and Business Meeting of Friends, a special program for members as well as a chance to socialize and enjoy refreshments.
A fence was put in place around the Children’s Heritage Garden, an award-winning historical demonstration garden for youngsters and adults to learn and experience what was grown at Pennypacker Mills in the early 1900s.
A water pump was installed near the barn, which houses the 1900s History Center.
The Friends contributed funds for the acquisition of items belonging to Galusha Pennypacker, second cousin of Samuel Pennypacker and one of the youngest people to hold the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army.
Paint analysis was performed in the servants’ quarters to determine the original finish on the kitchen cabinets.
An LCD projector was purchased to be used by site personnel for off-site presentations.
The Friends assisted the site in purchasing the Pay Roll of Capt. John Hollingshead, Company 2nd Jersey Reg’t., Command by Israel Shreve, Col., for the month of Sep. 1777. These troops served in George Washington’s army at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown during the Philadelphia campaign, when Washington and his troops encamped at Pennypacker Mills.
The flower beds at the entrance to the mansion path were redesigned and reinstalled using plants that were available in the early 1900s.
The first of several planned interpretive signs was installed at the location of the mill that gave Pennypacker Mills its name.
The sign campaign has been completed, with the installation of a double-sided sign near the Revolutionary War monument describing the site's involvement in that war as well as giving some history of the property, and two identical signs in the meadow describing the landscape design at Pennypacker Mills. Below is a map showing the locations of those signs.
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The Friends of Pennypacker Mills is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization established to support
the educational programs and preservation of the Pennypacker Mills Historic Site.