Montco Historical Sites Offer Programs to Keep Boredom and the Winter Blahs at Bay

Victorian fan from historical sites
Image via One Source Auctions.
The Pennypacker Mills craft event will have kids making a Victorian fan in the style of this actual one.

Oh, February. For having only 28 days, you sure can feel as if you’re six weeks in length.

Thus far, there hasn’t even been enough snow for kids to play in or parents to burn some calories shoveling.

In fact, if it weren’t for the Philadelphia Eagles, the region would have almost no spark at all.

The blasé status of winter 2023 is perfect timing for Montgomery County residents to take part in some of the ongoing programming offered by its many historical sites. The Reporter carried some that are upcoming:

  • Pennypacker Mills: Valentines’ Workshop for Kids
    • When: Feb 4 (today)
    • Where: 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville
    • What: A crafty morning of creating a card, a kitchen magnet, a tissue heart suitable for hanging, or a Victorian fan
    • Cost: $5
  • Peter Wentz Farmstead: Holy Smokehouse!
    • When: Feb. 4 (today)
    • Where: 2030 Shearer Road, Lansdale
    • What: Demonstration of the importance of a smokehouse and other food-preservation techniques in the days before refrigeration
    • Cost: Free
  • Pottsgrove Manor: Historic Quilts with Ellen Endslow
    • When: Feb. 11
    • Where: 100 West King Street, Pottstown
    • What: In-person explanation of 175 examples of this practical and intricate art, with pieces on display from the 1700–1900
    • Cost: $2 (suggested donation)

Complete details on this program at Montgomery County’s historical sites — including times and registration info — are at The Reporter.


If the Pennypacker Mills instructions on creating a Valentine’s Day card sparks a desire for kids to make more of them, this video has instructions.

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