In the early 1840s, base ball was a game of sportsmanship, an opportunity for camaraderie that borrowed plays from cricket and rounders. The umpire, dressed in a frock coat and top hat, stood next to the batter, while the scorekeepers sat at a table near the first base. Such was the beginning of what we now call baseball! Come to the Mills on Sunday, June 23 from 1 to 3 pm as the Mid-Atlantic Base Ball League brings those early days of the American pastime to life with a rousing game!
What started out as an amateur game of athletics, soon became a competitive, profit-making sport. New rules of play, commercial advertising, and pay for players was soon the norm. Come to the Mills, spread a blanket, and enjoy an old-fashioned game of base ball. The Pennypacker mansion will be open for guided tours too. Both tours and the game are free.
Pennypacker Mills is operated by the Montgomery County Division of Parks, Trails & Historic Sites. The site is located at 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473 and is open year-round Tuesday through Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm; Sunday: 1 to 4 pm. Closed all Mondays and county holidays. For more information, visit: http://www.montcopa.org/pennypackermills Telephone: 610-287-9349.