Welcome to History Month in Delaware County!  With more than 80 historic sites on the National Historic Registry, it's no wonder that events like those below bring so many people to Delaware County. This year the focus is on William Penn, our Delaware River Pirate Heritage,
and Re-enactments of Civil War Battles & Camp Life.

William Penn: Legacy of Tolerance, Sept. 27th through 30th 
Commemorating the 300th Anniversary of William Penn’s death, every site on the tour has a special connection to this English Quaker leader, an advocate of religious freedom and well known for his excellent relations and successful treaties with the Lenape Native Americans.

Attend any or all of the events below:

7pm Lecture on America’s First Bill of Rights: Penn’s Charter of Priviledges
Presented by Law Professor and Historian William J. McDevitt...at Lima Estates, 411 N Middletown Road, Media, PA 19063

An Evening with William Penn at the historic Newlin Grist Mill, 6 to7:30pm 

  • This is planned to be an outdoor event, weather permitting, so bring blankets or folding chairs. You can even pack your own picnic! 
  • Throughout the night, enjoy live Colonial Era Music by the Colonial Revelers
  • There will be Guest Speakers
  • Address: Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342

This is a 4 1/2 hour tour of 9 Historic Sites with very interesting “Penn” Connections.  
An historian will provide insights and stories at each location.
  • RIDE THE BUS: Seats are $10 for Adults - $5 for children and teens, 5-18 years of age
  • TOUR TIP: Feel free to pack a lunch or bring snacks!  
Whether you'll be on the bus or following it, the tour meets at 9:30 am at the Concord Township Municipal Building - and will visit these locations:

Pictured above in authentic Colonial attire is Robert Bardsley
1) Old St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church:
430 Valleybrook Rd, Glen Mills, Pa 19342
This church began as a Roman Catholic mission chapel in 1730 & is Pa’s oldest parish.

2) Ivy Mills & Wilcox Mansion: Ivy Mills & Polecat Rds.
Drive By tour of the home
built by Thomas Willcox in 1744 & Ivy Mills Paper Mill, 2nd oldest in the United States.

3) Longview Mansion: Corner of Aston Mills and Convent Roads, Aston, PA 19014 - This stately Victorian sits where it is believed to have once  been a market square.

4) Mount Hope Methodist Church:
4020 Concord and Tryens Road, Aston, PA 19014 - The original church was built in 1807 on land donated by Aaron Mattson.  BOXED LUNCHES FOR SALE

5) The Carte-Weir House:  34 Williams Drive, Aston, PA 19014
This historically preserved Penn's Land Grant is the original Weir Farmhouse built in 1709.

6) Old St. Martin’s Church
Located 500 ft. from the Delaware River, it is one of the earliest and last riverfront churches in PA. It has been a local historic landmark since 1979. Address: 22 Church Street, Marcus Hook, PA 19061

(7-9) Drive-By Sites:  (7) Penn Market Square in Marcus Hook, (8) Site of the former Bezer Plantation, (9) the Gibbons House (1047 Bethel Rd, Bethel Township, PA) We are not able to get out and visit these sites, but the legacies of these places live on.
Left: School children exploring the Delaware County Historical Society
Museum and Library. Right: Within walking distance of Museum is the
beautiful 1724 Court House.

Go Touring & Exploring on your own...
Note the times each site will be open

  • Chichester Meeting:  611 Meetinghouse Rd, Boothwyn, PA 19061 DON’T MISS THIS! They will be recreating a 19th Century Quaker Wedding, 11am -12 pm
  • Caleb Pusey Plantation:  15 Race St., Upland, PA 19015  Built in 1683 by Caleb Pusey, who came here from England on the same ship with William Penn. 12-2pm 
  • Chester Meeting House:  520 E. 24th St., Chester, PA 19013 Quaker meeting, built in 1698.  12-2pm
  • Delaware County Historical Society:  408 Avenue of the States, Chester, PA 19013  See their vast library, archives and offices. 2-4pm
  • 1724 Court House:  412 Avenue of the States, Chester, PA 19013  The oldest court house in America still used as a court house. 2-4pm.   
For Bus Tickets or Questions e-mail kmicka4re@verizon.net 

Friday and Saturday, September 14th & 15th set sail for Marcus Hook on the Banks of the Delaware River, for their 10th Annual Pirate Festival featuring battle re-enactments, 18th Century arts and demonstrations, and tours of the Historic Plank House, reputed to be the home of one of Blackbeard's Mistresses!

FRIDAY, 5-10pm
There's both an Adults-only Sea-faring Celebration and Park access for the opening of the  Pirate Festival!                                            
Adults should join the over-21 crew for a salute to “A Pirates Life” – this food & drink event is hosted on the grounds of the Community Center, and features a wine, beer and rum tasting. The Pirate Festival in the Park will also be underway with family-friendly live music, food, crafters, games, moon bounces, face painting and mini train rides. (see their website below for ticket details)

SATURDAY, 11am to 6pm
The Festival kicks off in earnest as the Pirates arrive with historic games, demonstrations, wares and live Pirate Music!

The Pirates set up camp with period tents, demonstrations showcasing firearms, live cannon fire, beer making and colonial wares. Enjoy lots of festival food, pirate music, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, crafters, beer garden, train rides, carnival games and moon bounces.

Presented by the Marcus Hook Preservation Society, all funds raised benefit the ongoing restoration efforts of the Historic Plank House, now on the National Register of Historic Places! Their mission is to restore this one-of-a kind hand-sawn plank house to museum quality. So bring family and friends, and join them on the River in Marcus Hook----ARRRRGGGGG!!

Click to read more about the Plank House

FESTIVAL PARK:  221 Market St., Marcus Hook
P.O. Box 703, Marcus Hook, PA 19061

Saturday and Sunday, Sept 29th & 30th
The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation hosts a Union and Confederate Civil War Battle and Camp Weekend
Experience a Civil War Battle Re-enactment...as well as camp life demonstrations at the
 Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation at Ridley Creek State Park.

The South is invading Pennsylvania again! Witness firearm demonstrations, drills, a burial squad, and all aspects of camp life.
  • Watch cannon firing by both the North and South
  • Learn about the use of herbs in the 1860's
  • There will be period fashions and displays of civilian life. 
BATTLE TIMES:   Two on Saturday:  NOON and 4pm  ---  One on Sunday: 2pm
Watch the North try to defend the farm against the invading forces from old Dixie.
No visitors may enter the Plantation after the battles begin, so arrive early.

EVENT HOURS: Sat, 11am to 4pm and Sunday, 11am to 3pm (last admittance is 2pm)
ADMISSION: Adults $12 - Children 4 to 12, $8 -  Children under 4 are free

GPS address: 3900 North Sandy Flash Drive
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Plantation Events Page on their Website
Colonial Plantation Website Home Page