Out With The Sheep


One of the local gems in our area is Pennsbury Manor, the reconstructed estate of William Penn. My wife and I have been members here for years and have found it a nice place to go for a stroll amidst a quiet bit of historical reconstruction. On Sundays Pennsbury runs different programs, and my wife and I have availed ourselves of a number of these. We’ve been down into the manor’s basement to see the remains of the original foundations, sat through presentations on colonial medicine, sampled some of the ingredients the early colonials used for brewing, and learned about the animals kept on the grounds. Today we attended a bit of drama discussing the problem of pirates in the early Colonial Period 1.

Pennsbury has be hit by Pennsylvania budget cuts over the past few years, as the preservation of history is being seen more and more as “non-essential” by those in power. This past visit, however, was the first time we noticed anything amiss as the kitchen garden was unkept and full of weeds 2. We’re hoping Pennsbury will recover, and because it has a great volunteer network we’re sure it will.

My favorite photo from today is below, I love these sheep.

A sheep at Pennsbury Manor
Panasonic G7 with 14-42 mm lens • 14 mm • ISO 200 • ƒ/5.4 • 1/500 sec

  1. Yes, it was a problem in Philadelphia. 
  2. We later discovered the person who kept up the garden had left, and their replacement had only been hired after the growing season was well under way.