Area Historic Sites Closed (But They’re Still Fun)

NORRISTOWN PA – Montgomery County’s popular historic sites, most of them decked out in holiday finery and trimmings, officially closed Saturday (Dec. 12, 2020) to comply with Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest protective orders to mitigate coronavirus spread, and won’t re-open until Jan. 4 (2021; Monday), well past the winter holidays, the county announced.

The sites include Pottsgrove Manor in Pottstown, Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville, Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester, and Mill Grove Historic Site in Audubon.

But all is not lost, it added.

“While all (site) buildings will be closed to all visitors … outdoor areas at these sites and throughout the county parks system will remain open” to visitors on their normal schedules. They will adhere to guidelines established in the governor’s order: mask use and distancing requirements remain in effect, and outdoor gatherings of more than 50 persons are prohibited).

Also, site staff members “continue to produce virtual tours and other remotely accessible materials that we are proud to have available,” according to the statement.

Check out these videos:

Pennypacker Mills’ lesson on making an 1882 boomerang (at top);
Pottsgrove Manor’s description of creating Twelfth Night Cake;
Wentz Farmstead’s Eveningtide tales; and
Conrad the Blue Jay belting out 28 seconds of song at Audubon Center.

Photo still from Pennypacker Mills’ Facebook video