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Penn’s Woods

By Linda Tancs

The name of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is derived from “sylvania” (Latin for “woods”) and Penn–as in William Penn, who in 1680 requested lands from England’s King Charles II to establish a Quaker colony.   Pennsylvania’s founding father loved the wholesomeness of country life and enjoyed an estate along the Delaware River known as Pennsbury Manor.  By the early 1800s, the house was in disrepair and ultimately torn down by its owners.  On the grounds today is a reproduction of that country estate, a living museum and testament to the Colonial Revival movement.  Some artifacts remain from the excavation of the site begun in the 1930s, such as the fireplace tiles, a pewter serving platter, a walnut-caned day bed and a wig and dressing table suite.  Guided tours are available Tuesday through Saturday.

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