"War Comes to the Mills"

from September 15 through October 15, 2017
Included on all regular tours

Two hundred and forty years ago, Samuel and Hannah Pannebecker, along with their four children and his mother, witnessed the Revolutionary Army of 8,000 men encamped on their property for four days in September 1777, only to see the army return in defeat, and spend another four days in October. To recognize this anniversary, Pennypacker Mills is holding an exhibit from September 15 through October 15, 2017.  It will be in what later generations of the Pennypacker family referred to as the Washington Bedroom.

George Washington arrived at Pennypacker Mills with his army of 8,000 men on September 26, 1777.  That same day, the British occupied Philadelphia.  Washington had his aide-de-camps write over 30 orders for him outlining troop movements, and the need for supplies, especially shoes.  It was here that Washington held a Council of War to determine if they should immediately attack the British Army. It was also here that the troops celebrated the victory at Saratoga by the northern army.  The army left on September 29th in order to move closer to the enemy.  Washington decided to attack the British forces at Germantown on October 4th.  After four hours of fighting, a retreat took place and it was determined to go back to their old campground at Pennypacker Mills.  Defenses were set up on the property, and on October 8th the troops left the property.

This exhibit will feature human interest stories that occurred on the property during the encampment and items relating to the campaign, including an order signed by George Washington, maps, a soldier’s leather collar, and a muster roll of a regiment, along with cannon and musket balls found on the property. Also featured in this exhibit are two Bibles published by Christopher Sauer in Germantown in 1776.  When the British occupied Philadelphia on September 26, 1777 many printed pages were at the binder, and the British troops used the pages for bedding for their horses, and to make cartridges for their muskets, hence giving it the name the Gun Wad Bible.  This exhibit is only up for one month and will be located in the Washington Bedroom on the second floor of the mansion. It is included on all tours as is the exhibit “Stitch to Learn, Learn to Stitch” which is located in the two second floor exhibit galleries. 
All ages; free, suggested donation $2 per person.

Wednesday, March 1 to Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Included on all regular tours.
“S to Learn, Learn to Stitch”

Needlework throughout history has been an art form associated with women. Young girls made a sampler containing the alphabet, thus they learning embroidery techniques and the alphabet at the same time.  As a teenager they would make a decorative pictorial sampler. Once they were married their time was occupied with other household duties and embroidery was usually done as an embellishment on a piece.  This exhibit will show a variety of samplers, pieces of redwork, along with embroidered table scarfs and other decorative and functional pieces. 
All ages, free, suggested donation $2 per person.