Historic Rittenhousetown

Enjoy an educational day filled with fun, hands on activities at the place where paper was born in North America. Named after the Rittenhouse family who built the first paper mill in North America, the historic district was recognized as a National Historic District in 1992. Visitors can take a tour of the 18th-century bake house, the David Rittenhouse clock, and the paper mill. Educational programs are offered on weekdays, which include learning early papermaking skills used by North America’s first papermaker William Rittenhouse, and German Colonial Cooking.
 
Contact Info
Address: 208 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19144. Philadelphia County. Tel: 215-438-5711. Email: information@rittenhousetown.org. Website: www.rittenhousetown.org. Hrs: Vary.  
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-4 hrs. Cost: Fee. 

Living History Centers Fun Facts

American breakfast wasn’t always bacon, eggs, and orange juice. In colonial times, the typical child would eat a breakfast of cornmeal mush that had been cooked all night over embers.

Campers will have fun learning about the seasonal tasks and the way of life at colonial interpretive farms, villages and forts. Many have costumed guides who campers can observe to learn how children and adults lived. Many offer hands on activities such as candle making, ice-cream making, churning butter, quilting and more.

Campers can record how long various tasks took, and compare them to how long these tasks take to complete today.