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Posted on: September 8, 2022

Pennypacker Mills to Host Edgar Allen Poe Porch Performance

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SCHWENKSVILLE, PA – Visitors are invited to Pennypacker Mills on October 1, 2022 for this year’s final Porch Performance, Edgar Allen Poe: Readings from Virginia Poe. 

Actress Alisa Dupuy will portray Virginia Clemm Poe and talk about her relationship with her husband, Edgar Allen Poe. The highlight of this Porch Performance will be a dramatic reading of Poe’s, “The Black Cat.” This tale of wickedness and death is sure to capture everyone as it shows Poe’s darker side. 

“The Black Cat,” was perhaps Poe’s darkest story. It is a story of a drunk man who kills his cat, and it comes back to haunt him. In Poe’s usual style, the narrator of the story is the killer, and the story is seen through his eyes.  

The performance will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 4 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to sit on outside on the mansion lawn to enjoy this free performance. Mansion tours are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Seeking Volunteers!
Pennypacker Mills is seeking volunteers to help with guided tours, events, education programs, collections, and crafts. A volunteer manual is provided to all volunteers and staff work directly with new volunteers.

Individuals who would like to volunteer should contact Pennypacker Mills at (610) 287-9349 or email us at Volunteers are required to obtain criminal check and child abuse clearances. 

About Pennypacker Mills
Looking for an interesting place to visit that’s close to home? Pennypacker Mills is the answer! This historic site is open year-round for free guided tours of the home of Pennsylvania Governor Samuel Pennypacker and his family. Known for its collection of 18th and 19th century decorative arts, furnishings, personal and official documents, the story of this famous Pennsylvania family reflects the lives of those who lived in Montgomery County in the early 1900’s.

Pennypacker Mills is open Tuesdays through Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays: 1 to 4 p.m., with the last tour at 3 p.m. each day. Pennypacker Mills is closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Tours take approximately one hour and are free, with a suggested donation of $2 per person.

Pennypacker Mills is operated by the Montgomery County Division of Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites. Pennypacker Mills is located off Route 73 (Skippack Pike) at 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473.

Media Contact: Kelly Cofrancisco,

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