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Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

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Address: 3900 N. Sandy Flash Drive, Ridley Creek State Park, Newtown Square, PA
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+1 610-566-1725
10:00 - 20:00
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The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation is a living history museum whose...

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.

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I found this place online while searching for historical sites to visit that were within 2 hours of my home. Very glad I was able to make the trip here as it is rare to find a... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2016
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Reviewed 27 November 2016

I found this place online while searching for historical sites to visit that were within 2 hours of my home. Very glad I was able to make the trip here as it is rare to find a stone house and land so old but barely touched by time. Set within Ridley Creek State Park (which I did not explore beyond... More 

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Suzanne G, Front Office Manager at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are so proud of what we do here. Many schools bring their students during the week and return every year to tour the colonial house, visit our animals, make candles, do some farm chores and generally get a feel for what farm life in southeaster PA was like in the 18th... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

Lots of great activities and a truly educational experience. The 'characters' are very engaging and fun, whether you enjoy singing, crafts, or history- this is it!

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New Jersey, USA
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

Located in Ridley Creek State Park, it is a true living history site. It reflects what Colonial farm life was like in the 1760 to 90 period. The guides provide both back ground and knowledge of what everyday life was like. It is only open on weekends from April to November. It is a good experience for the whole family.

Thank TwoT0Travel
Egg Harbor City, New Jersey
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

It's a beautiful warm Saturday afternoon and the last place on our list to visit is the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation. Set back of the main road and a small drive, tucked in the fields is a living breathing working 18th century working plantation. This is not what I expected. As you approach the small visitor center/gift shop it resembles a... More 

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Suzanne G, Front Office Manager at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We have a wonderful staff of Volunteers and Employees who dedicate much of their time perfecting the 18th century feel of the Plantation so that our visitors experience what life was like in southeaster Pennsylvania during that time. We are so happy that you had a pleasant afternoon! For your enjoyment we have several... More 

Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
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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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Media, Pennsylvania
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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 review

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... More 

East Coast
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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... More 

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Newtown Square
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Reviewed 7 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 review

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. More 

Reston, VA
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Reviewed 25 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... More 

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Suzanne G, Front Office Manager at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, responded to this review

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. More 

New Jersey
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Reviewed 21 June 2015 via mobile

This is a very nice little historical place which must be even more magical if you have school age children with you. So much to learn for them ! For adults a self-guided tour is the way to do it.

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Suzanne G, Front Office Manager at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, responded to this review

podrozniczka60, thank you for taking the time to submit a review about our site! We are glad that you found many things to learn about what a farm was like in the late 1700s. We hope you can visit us again soon! More 

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