Victorian Christmas Open House
5 Haldeman Road
Schwenksville, Pennsylvania 19473
Region: Philadelphia & The Countryside
Hours of operation: 2 to 8 pm
Admission fee: Free, suggested donation $2/person
Pennypacker Mills is one of a very few historic sites in Montgomery County where visitors can immerse themselves in a Victorian Christmas. Handmade decorations and beautiful greenery can be seen in each room of this two-story mansion, once the home of PA Governor Samuel Pennypacker and his family. Homemade and purchased glass ornaments from Germany add a sparkle to the otherwise understated Christmas tree when electricity was not available. Gifts were wrapped in plain paper with shiny fabric bows. Holiday candies were on display, including clear toy candy. Every child wanted a piece of this special sweet treat in their Christmas stocking. See the kinds of toys that children wanted on Christmas morning...from Teddy bears, to rocking horses to an early sleigh. See a Pennsylvania German Putz, a manger scene that was used by parents to teach their children about the Christmas story. Stop in the Kitchen to find out about history of clear toy candy and see antique molds that were used. Discover how many of the Christmas traditions we celebrate today all began in this time period. Get ideas for your own holiday decorations while walking through Pennypacker Mills. Masks required inside the mansion. Museum Shop is stocked with vintage inspired ornaments, gifts, children's toys and much more! All ages welcome!