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Posted on: June 12, 2023

Celebrate Juneteenth at Peter Wentz Farmstead, June 17 - 18, 2023

Peter Wentz Farmstead Juneteenth 2023

NORRISTOWN, PA – Join the Peter Wentz Farmstead on June 17 - 18, 2023, in observation of Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the emancipation of Black enslaved people in America. 

Learn about the journeys of enslaved people seeking their freedom through an interactive story walk on Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m. All ages are welcome. Registration is not required.

Join one of the Farmstead's special tours throughout the weekend, which will focus on the lives of 18th century enslaved people owned by the Wentz family and how their stories connect to the larger history of slavery in early Pennsylvania. Learn about Jack, a freedom seeker owned by Peter Wentz who escaped twice from the Farmstead. Hear the stories of Hannah Till and William Lee, enslaved people who were brought here with General George Washington during the Philadelphia Campaign. 

Tours are free and will run every half hour starting on Saturday at 10 a.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m., ending at 4 p.m. each day throughout the weekend. A $2.00 donation per person is suggested. Suitable for visitors 13 years old and older. Space is limited. Click here to reserve your timed ticket.

For more information about this program and others, please call the Peter Wentz Farmstead at 610-584-5104 or visit

The restored 18th-century Pennsylvania German historic site is owned and operated by the County of Montgomery and receives support from the Peter Wentz Farmstead Society. The Peter Wentz Farmstead is located at 2030 Shearer Road in Lansdale, PA 19446.

The Peter Wentz Farmstead is a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site.

About Montgomery County Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites

Montgomery County Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites offer wonderful opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy various natural resources, participate in educational and recreational opportunities, and appreciate our historic past. Whether you are a bike enthusiast, a lover of antiques, or just want a quiet space for a family picnic, there is something for you throughout our facilities. 

Montgomery County owns and/or manages more than 6,000 acres of public open space which includes nine parks, five historic sites, and nearly 100 miles of regional trails. These areas include over 125 historic and non-historic structures, playgrounds, a fish ladder, a working historic canal lock, a wildlife center, and an archives/artifact collection of over 53,000 pieces. Our parks, trails, and historic sites combined are enjoyed by over 2 million visitors each year. Park lands include fishing opportunities, environmental education programs, hiking, boat rentals, pavilions, and more. Our trail systems and connections have been noted as some of the finest trails in the country, with the goal of all Montgomery County residents being no further than a few miles from their home to a trail experience. The historic sites preserve such things as the collection of a Pennsylvania governor, a Pennsylvania German farmstead, a colonial ironmaster’s home and the first American home of John James Audubon, a National Landmark. 

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