By Betsy Natter
Are you looking for fun activities for the family that will keep everyone’s brains going and ready for the start of school? Then plan to visit several of Montgomery County’s historical sites throughout August for fun and educational programming for the entire family. Most events are free, but giving the suggested donation amount helps to fund the work and preservation of these valuable county resources.
5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19473
In the Good Old Summertime
Travel back in time on Sat., Aug 5th and spend some time playing Victorian lawn games or dress up and get your picture taken in vintage clothing. Kids can shop for goods in the mill’s general store and work their way through the interactive exhibits in the History Center. Take a tour of the mansion then outside and enjoy the Delaware Valley Classic MG Car Club’s vintage car show while enjoying food from a local vendor. The event is for all ages and runs from 11 am to 3 pm. A $2 per person donation is suggested.
Fun in the 1900s History Center!
Ever wonder what it was like to work in a coal mine? Find out during this day of interactive fun on Sat., Aug. 12th where kids can experience what it was to be a child who worked in the Pennsylvania coal mines. Try your hand at being a Breaker Boy as you sort coal and shale to be used for a variety of purposes. This free event will be held in the 1900s History Center from 10 am to 3 pm. The Pennypacker mansion will be open for guided tours as well.
Fun in the 1900s History Center! – (again!)
How did people get from place to place before cars and buses filled the streets? Learn all about transportation in the early 1900s as you experience a special exhibit on Sat., Aug. 19th from 10 am to 3 pm. Learn about horse drawn carriages, Model T Fords, trains and more. Take a ride in the Mill’s own carriage and tour the mansion. This event is free and great for all ages.
Peter Wentz Farmstead
2030 Shearer Rd., Lansdale, PA 19446
Patriot Tails – Pets in Colonial America
Everyone has their favorite pet animal but what about these animals back in colonial times? Learn about these animals and some special ones that people kept as pets during this special presentation on Sun., Aug 6th at 2 pm. Tour the farm and enjoy life as it was in Colonial America. This event is for all ages and a $2 per person donation is suggested.
100 W King St., Pottstown, PA
Living History Sundays
History comes to life as the Manor’s staff and living history volunteers will be on hand each Sunday afternoon in August to demonstrate 18th century trades, crafts and examples of how people relaxed and spent their own Sunday afternoons. The activities will vary each week, so feel free to call ahead and see what’s planned on the week you’d like to attend. Some games and activities will be available to try for yourself. The dates and times are Aug. 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th from 1 to 4 pm.