Today's visitors to Pennsbury approach it from the rear, as would have the local people of Penns' day, passing by a series of outbuildings, including a joyner's (carpenters') shop, an ice house, a smoke house, a combination bake and brew house, and the stewart's (caretaker's) house which served as the plantation ofice.
A single-room stewart's cottage, from which he would have overseen the operation of the manor, would have also housed his entire extended family. It would not have been unusual for 10 people to live in this one room.
The huge open-hearth main kitchen, which was in a separate building adjacent to the main house, was used to prepare all meals. The main meal of the day was served mid-day, and was an elaborate presentation. Preparing it and cleaning up afterwards was a full day's work.
This is the Governor's Parlor, where Penn would have received business visitors, including those from the nearby Lenni Lenape Indians.
This is the so-called "best" room, a bedroom. The bright colors and fabric-covered walls were a sure sign of wealth.
The nanny's room. Penn brought a young woman to America with his family to care for his children. She probably would have had a room to herself, such as this, with a rope frame bed.
The dining room was large. The day's main meal, served mid-day, was a major event, and many people would have been served.
This small kitchen, attached to the manor house. would have been used mainly by Penn's wife or the children's caretakers to make all sorts of potions, ointments, cosmetics, and medicinal concoctions from the herbs and other plant materials cultivated or found naturally nearby.
The family parlor, set for tea and scones.
A large garden would have supplied fresh vegatables and all sorts of cultivated herbs.
The Delaware River runs wide and deep past Pennsbury Manor, and was a major source of transportation in Penns day.
The stone barn and other outbuildings would have been used for care and management of the livestock.
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Pennsbury Manor, the home of William Penn, was constructed between 1682 and 1684. In Penn's day, travel to Pennsbury from Philadelphia would have been by boat on the Delaware River, and this is the view of the manor house from the river.
Pennsbury fell into ruin after the Penn family returned to England in 1707. The current structure was reconstructed using the few remaining documents pertaining to the original structure, and as a historical reconstruction, represents the home of an English gentleman.