Wentz Events

Wentz Events


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Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
All for the Union: Military and Civilian Life in the Civil War

The Civil War comes to the Peter Wentz Farmstead September 30 and October 1!  Come experience how the War affected society from both a military and civilian perspective.  Witness artillery demonstrations from Battery F, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery and see how soldiers camped in the field.  Then, meet members of the U.S. Sanitary Commission to learn how civilians aided the war effort.  

Artillery demonstrations will take place on Saturday at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm, and on Sunday at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

All ages, free.  No registration required.

Home to Headquarters Washington in Worcester 9/29-11/19

Friday, September 29 thru November 19
From Home to Headquarters: Washington in Worcester

Join us as we go back in time to October of 1777 when the Peter Wentz Farmstead was transformed from a family home to the military headquarters of General George Washington and his wartime military family.  The exhibit will feature a detailed re-creation of the first floor rooms used by Washington and his military staff to run the Continental Army during his stay.  Learn about the troops’ movements in Montgomery County as part of the Philadelphia Campaign and the effects their presence had on local residents like the Wentz family.  This exhibit will run from September 29th thru November 19.  Admission to this exhibit is included in our regular tours.   Call the site at 610-584-5104 to reserve your tour Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  

This exhibit has been made possible through a generous grant from the Spring House Questers.

All ages, free.

An Evening’s March with the PA State Regiment

Friday, October 13th at 6:00 pm
An Evening’s March with the PA State Regiment

 Place yourself in the hard-worn shoes of a Continental soldier during this 1-mile immersive march as you hear about the trials the troops faced during the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777.  Learn what brought the army to Worcester and what happened at the Battle of Germantown while interacting with the incredible living historians of the PA State Regiment.   The march will take roughly 1 hour.   Please be advised that this is a nighttime program that will pass through dark areas with minimal visibility.   Visitors with limited mobility are welcome, and can remain at camp with some of the soldiers during the walk itself.

 Limited space available.   Must register online.   Registration will open September 25th.

 Ages 12 and up, free

For Want of Ammunition: The PA State Regiment at Germantown

Saturday, October 14th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
For Want of Ammunition: The PA State Regiment at Germantown

 This October, the Peter Wentz Farmstead will host the recreated PA State Regiment.  Not a typical reenactment group, the PSR is an assemblage of living historians who have put this impression together for this weekend only, in honor of the troops that served here.

 Join us on Saturday, October 14th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to experience life in a military camp during the Philadelphia Campaign. Watch the regiment conduct marching and musket firing demonstrations, visit the military camp kitchen, and learn about the vital role that women camp followers played during the American Revolution.   Tour the historic house to learn about General Washington’s stay here and view a recreation of his temporary office.   Programs conclude at 3:30 pm with a recreation of a unique event: the “feu de joie,” a musket firing celebration that took place while the troops encamped in this area.

 All ages; free.


For programs below, please email Rebecca at rebecca.blacketter@montgomerycountypa.gov for registration or questions. Meeting location provided once you register.

Tuesday, September 26 at 8:30 am 
Bird Walk at Peter Wentz

 As we are in the peak season for warblers and other songbird’s migration, this will be a walk you won’t want to miss! Many of these species are passing through as they finish their migration. Join park staff to observe these amazing birds that are only stopping by. Bring binoculars or borrow ours! Wear sturdy shoes for hiking. 

 All ages; Free


Thursday, September 28 11am or 1pm
Homeschool – Farming with Cows

 Though many people think of horses working the field, some farms used teams of cows. Come discover why our farmers use cows. Explore all the tasks that our team can complete. Also get a chance to see if you can carry water like a cow can! 

 7-16 with adult; Free

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