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Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
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Owner description: The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation is a living history museum whose purpose is to enhance understanding of 18th century farm life in southeastern Pennsylvania by providing a high quality, research-based experience to the public. The Plantation was established and funded in 1975 as part of our nation’s Bicentennial celebration. Financial support for the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation came from both the public and private sectors. With this support, stabilization of the buildings and actual restoration began. Thirty acres of land were cleared, livestock was procured and extensive archaeological, research and educational programs went into operation. The Plantation is located on 112 acres in Ridley Creek State Park and operates under a lease arrangement with the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The formal structured education program which had been steadily growing since its inception in 1974 took on a more significant role in the mission of the Plantation. Each year, the Plantation’s On-site Education Program hosts about 10,000 teachers and school students from throughout the Delaware Valley as well as an occasional tour for seniors and other non-school groups.Also, thousands of tourists and local residents come to the Plantation each year to participate in regular and special weekend events. Guides in colonial are always available to interact with visitors, provide information, interpret colonial life and answer their questions.
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Great place for old and young! Bring a picnic and relax by the babbling brook. Great history lesson.

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Reviewed 18 May 2016

A beautiful park to visit, walk around and spend some time. The re-enactments they do on teh grounds are wonderful - educational, interesting and fun (a great combination)

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Suzanne G, Front Office Manager at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2016

We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit to the Colonial PA Plantation. It is always our goal to allow our guests to have a wonderful time while witnessing what farm life was like in southeastern Pennsylvania in the 18th century. Our re-enactments are a fun way to allow our visitors to step back in time and learn more about the history of Pennsylvania.

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Reviewed 17 April 2016

As a family that has owned an historic 1700's home and loves off grid homesteading (we have an early 1800's farm) who homeschooled our children we really enjoy living history sites. We loved our visit to CPP.

There is such a renewed interest in self-sufficiency, old skills and crafts that places like CPP have the potential of being gold mines for the public.

CPP is not "glitzy" and idealized like Colonial Williamsburg (a place we also love). CPP is a quiet WORKING farm and the farm is being worked in the 1700's manner while you are there. You will see and learn about the daily life of a middle class family. It is not a tourist attraction.

The farm is clean. There are farm sights and smells but that is all apart of, you know, a farm. They are farm animals that you will have safe access to but it is not a petting zoo.

The staff was very friendly, hugely knowledgable, and if you let them know you have a particular interest they go the extra mile to educate you. Example: my daughter and I are hand spinners (spinning fiber into yarn). I mentioned that I had always had an interest in spinning on a great wheel (those antique wheels with the huge wheel). Next thing I know not only has this been demonstrated to me I am asked if I would like to try spinning on the wheel myself (keep in mind it was not crowded when we were there).

When we toured the kitchen of the house one of the staff was busy cooking lunch (supper) over an open fire. This wasn't just for show. She was literally making lunch for the Plantation's staff. Later we saw them sitting down at the table in the kitchen enjoying their meal.

Got an interest in herbs and Colonial kitchen gardens? If Pinterest is any indication then lots of people do. It's here and was being planted while we were there.

As a mom who homeschooled I was keenly aware of the "signs" in the various buildings of educational items that would be used to actively engage children in the time period and agricultural life.

A great visit. If our children were younger we would have gone on a day when there were "extras" going on. And perhaps late May/early June when the gardens would be really starting to take off,

This place is a great resource for those interested in herbs, homesteading, homeschoolers, schools, and everyone.

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Reviewed 8 November 2015

The plantation staff do a great job bringing history alive in this idyllic setting. They have several special events every year, including battle reenactments, but also show how people really lived in colonial times.

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Suzanne G, Front Office Manager at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2016

CDNabroad28, thank you for submitting a review for the Plantation! We're so glad that you had a good time, and thank you for your kind words about our staff and volunteers who work so hard to bring the colonial era to life.

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Reviewed 26 August 2015

Despite the hot day, we had a good visit at the Plantation. The costumed docents were lively and informative and gave a great overview of the life of a Pennsylvania farmer during the late 18th century. The rooms are well furnished, and most of the items, whether original or reproduction, can be touched and handled. You enter the gift shop/ticketseller over a small wetland, and there's a nice description of how the perception of the value of wetlands has changed over the centuries of our nation's history. The Plantation is part of the Rural History Confederation, an association of museums in southeastern Pennsylvania; I had never heard of this museum or the RHC but would be happy to visit other sites.

Thank Kathleen_Reston
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Suzanne G, Front Office Manager at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2016

Kathleen_Reston, thanks for submitting a review about the Plantation! We're so proud of our volunteers and we're beyond thrilled that you had a good time (despite the weather!) Thank you especially for your kind words about our wetland, which we've worked very hard recently to maintain and interpret.

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