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The Brinton 1704 House is a restored Quaker home located in Delaware County near West Chester, Pennsylvania. The 1704 House is operated as an historic museum and is open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays from May 1 to October 31. We encourage you to visit the Brinton 1704 House and take a tour. Please contact us ahead of your planned tour.

The Brinton 1704 House is unique because it is one of the oldest and best restored houses in the United States. The House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968. For additional information and documentation please visit the record hierarchy through the Pennsylvania catalog archives at   

The interior of the House, which you will see on your tour, is furnished authentically and boasts many special items, including period furniture, leaded-casement windows, and an indoor bake oven. The stone walls of the House are twenty-two inches thick. The House resembles medieval English architectural style.

The House was built in 1704 when Pennsylvania was still a colony of Great Britain. The Brintons were Quakers, and William Brinton, Sr. (1635 – 1700) moved to the colony of Pennsylvania with his wife and son to escape religious persecution in England.

William Brinton, Jr. (1670 – 1751) built the 1704 House in Pennsylvania for his growing family — his wife Jane, and their six children: four sons and two daughters. Each of William and Jane's children married and their descendants make up most of the Brinton Family in America today.

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