While summer may be winding down, events in and near the Brandywine Valley in southeast Pennsylvania are ramping up. Its time to start planning for fall and winter getaways. Between now and the New Year there are museums, gardens, farmer’s markets, and more, all of which will be featuring special events.
One of our favorite places to visit (and sadly the most overlooked attraction) is the Colonial Plantation in the Ridley Creek State Park, located only10 minutes from Hamanassett. After you have seen how the wealthy lived in our area, most notably the homes and estates of the DuPonts – Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, Hagley, and Nemours – you really should take time to learn how a yeoman farmer and his family lived during the 18th century, from 1760-90. The Colonial Plantation is a living history site on 112 acres. This was one of the settings that the taxation policy of King George III was keenly felt.
Below I’ve listed some of the major events coming to the Colonial Plantation:
Civil War Battle and Camp – Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18 11AM – 4 PM
There will be both Federal and Confederate camps and battles. View firearms demonstrations and a burial squad. Interested in how herbs were used in the 1860s and in camp life? There will also be period fashions on display as well as a display of civilian life during the period.
Medieval Days – Saturday and Sunday, October 15 & 16, 2016
Ever wish you could have lived during the times of dashing knights saving damsals in distress during the Middle Ages? Here is your opportunity to get a taste of life from Rome to the age of Columbus without the fear of the plague or the pox. You’ll learn about 6 centuries of culture in Europe thrived and changed. View Western civilization through the eyes of Normans, Saxons, Romans, and Vikings as you visit the encampments of reenactors. There will also be reenactors for the War of the Roses (which culminated in the death of Richard III and the Tudors taking the throne) as well as Irish encampments. Additional activities include a beer brewing demonstrations.
There will also be food and drink for purchase or you can purchase one of Hamanassett’s picnic lunches. (48 hours notice please).
Lantern Ghost Tours – Saturday, October 22 and 29 6-9 PM Rain or Shine
Not recommended for young people. Considered one of the most haunted properties in Delaware County, don’t miss this opportunity. You will be greeted by strange sounds, squeaky doors, and maybe things that go bump in the night. Enjoy ghost stories and learn about some of the area’s mysterious tales of terror. As you tour the farmhouse you will hear a different story in each room recounting bizarre events from the past. The tour ends at a bonfire for final stories. Bring a flashlight and wear sturdy closed toe shoes.
For more information on all the above events visit Colonial Plantation. An extra value is the Colonial Plantation is a Blue Star Participant. Blue Star attractions offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families with proper identification. Click on the link above to learn about Blue Star attractions.