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Not to Miss: More Things to Do in the Brandywine Valley

Historic Philadelphia Offers Story Tellers and Reenactors throughout the historic district.  Begin on June 18 at the Betsy Ross House at 10 AM with a ceremonial raising of the flag.  Later in the day there will be a Military Muster at 3 and at 3:45 reading of the Declaration of Independence.  If you can’t make it on the 18th, don’t despair; there will be story tellers throughout the summer in the historic distric.  For more information.

Tall Ships Visit Philadelphia – June 25 -28 2015

This is the largest festival of tallships in 2015.  Ships will be docked on both sides of the Delaware River in Philadelphia and Camden, NJ.  Not only can you tour the ships but there will be live entertainment and a fireworks display.  For more information click here.

Original and replicas of tall ships will be docked in Philadelphia and Camden, NJ

View tall ships along the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

1696 Thomas Massey House – Broomall, Pa.
The Thomas Massey House is a monument to the American dream – the home of an indentured servant who became a landowner, and like the American dream the house has endured over 300 years. The Thomas Massey House is one of the oldest English Quaker homes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is on the National Register of Historical Places, and the Historical American Building Survey.   For more information click here.
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Va La Winery
Located in Landenberg, a short 30-minute drive from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast and only 15 minutes south of Longwood Gardens, VaLa is our favorite winery with spectacular reds and whites.  Mahogany is your innkeeper’s favorite red.  For more information click here.The African American Museum in Philadelphia
Life-sized 3D characters greet visitors at The African American Museum in Philadelphia’s permanent exhibition, Audacious Freedom – African Americans in Philadelphia, 1776-1876. As they speak fervently about their lives, beliefs and aspirations in 18th-century Philadelphia, listeners are immersed in their world. The Museum is located in the City’s Historic District, one block from Independence National Historic Park and an easy five-block walk from the Pennsylvania Convention Center.Audacious Freedom: African Americans In Philadelphia 1776-1876 From 6/19/2009 – 12/31/2015 Philadelphia & the Countryside Exhibition

This permanent exhibition details the freedom journey of African Americans in Philadelphia during the nation’s first century. Stories of individuals and groups highlight the Underground Railroad, the free black community in Philadelphia, African American soldiers in the Civil War, and early struggles for civil rights.

Time: 12:00 AM
Location: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA, 19106
Organizer: African American Museum in Philadelphia
Admission: $10 adults; $8 student
Event Contact: (215) 574-0380
Audience: General

Brandywine Valley Wine Trail
For only $20.00 per person, you can visit and have a tasting at six different wineries in the beautiful Brandywine Valley.  And you get to keep your glass a remembrance of your visit here.  Passports are good for one year from issuance, so you can visit a few wineries plus some of the other notable attractions in the area and come back during a different season to do more wine tastings.

They also have special events throughout the year.

Passports are available from Glenn or Ashley.  Be sure to check with wineries to see if passports are good for special events.

No Planes, But Plenty of Trains and Automobiles!
Take a step back in time to a simpler age! Experience the turn of the twentieth century through the magic of steam locomotion at the beautiful Auburn Heights Preserve!

Enjoy a stroll, or sit under the spreading limbs of the mighty oaks and poplars that surround the estate grounds.   Hop aboard the “First Bus” in Delaware — A Stanley Mountain Wagon — for a spin around the property in their fully restored 1915 Model 820 Mountain Wagon.

Or if you’d rather ride the train than the bus….Step over to the station and board the 1/8 size live steam railway for a round trip on The Auburn Valley Railroad!   The Auburn Valley boasts two mighty 4-8-4 ‘Northern’ coal fired, live steam locomotives to speed you on your journey.

And when you get back to the station you won’t want to miss seeing the largest collection of Stanley Steamers you’re ever likely to see! Over a dozen Steamers — All fully restored and in roadworthy condition.  Don’t miss them!

Pssssst! Don’t tell anybody else but….there’s free popcorn courtesy of their steam powered popper!


Rattlebox Pony and Nature Center -220 Wawa Road  Wawa, PA. 19063  610-358-4813
Appointments are absolutely required. Parents, you can drop your child off for a special day camp while visiting Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast.   For more information, click here.

Rattlebox Nature Center was conceived and created in response to an awareness that in our increasingly urban and technological society many children exist with little experience or appreciation of the animals with whom we share this planet and the natural world that surrounds us. The goal of Rattlebox Nature Center is to provide individuals of all ages and capabilities with hands-on experience that will better their understanding of the critical role that animals play in the health and welfare of our world and to dispel false stereotypes and myths regarding their behavior and characteristics.

Philadelphia Zoo – America’s First Zoo!!! Conveniently located in Philadelphia’s historic Fairmount Park and only 17 miles from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast, the Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals.  In addition to visiting the animals, you can soar 400 feet in the air on the Zooballoon, explore African Plains from a camel’s back, and enjoy Bird Lake in a Swan Boat. Beat the heat with the zoo’s misting stations.  Call the zoo at 215-243-5235 and tell them which animals interest you and they will design a personal tour.