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The Brinton 1704 House attends the Newlin Gristmill Archaeology Festival!


The Newlin Gristmill's annual Archaeology Festival in Glen Mills, PA, is a wonderful, family-oriented event designed to get kids and adults alike involved in a real archaeological excavation. Attendees helped excavate, sift soil, clean artifacts, and experienced the real, hands on history of the local Brandywine Valley. The Brinton 1704 House was able to demonstrate a facet of how modern technology can assist us in the study of the past, using 3D printed models to demonstrate architectural change over time. Check the 3D printed models out the next time you visit the 1704 House and see how the STEM revolution is partnering with humanities studies, and ask about our "Architecture Archaeology" discussion!

Christiana Heritage Days 2022


Christiana, PA:  The Christiana Historical Society announces its annual Christiana Heritage Days on Saturday, September 10, 2022, from 10 AM to 3 PM, held on the grounds of the Wm. P. Brinton House, 17 Green Street, Christiana, PA. This is a fundraiser for the restoration of the Wm. P. Brinton House and a day when history will come to life in Christiana.


Christiana, PA in southern Lancaster County, was a major hub in the Underground Railroad and the site of a major stand against slavery.   A little-known event, which affected the country’s view on enslavement, occurred on September 11,1851 when a slave owner came from Maryland to retrieve what he deemed to be his property.  The black community took a stand, they refused his demands and with the help of their Quaker neighbors, a confrontation ensued which ended with the death of the slave owner.  38 were arrested (black and Quaker) and held for trial in Moyamensing Prison in Philadelphia on the charge of treason. A team of lawyers, led by Congressman Thaddeus Stevens of Lancaster, PA, came to their defense and won.


Come to Christiana to hear the details of this event and see exhibits and activities to celebrate this time in history.  Hear stories passed down by the descendants of those involved, see an encampment of the 3rd U.S. Colored Infantry, The Invalid Corp, and the 1st PA Reserves.  Talk to characters of the Civil War with the PA Past Players of the Underground Railroad and learn about the Quaker influence in Lancaster County in culture and architecture.  Children and adults young at heart will have a walkable Scavenger Hunt, Victorian children’s games and crafts. Learn about the Wm. P. Brinton House, the Brinton family and their role as Underground Station masters.  See an exhibit of historical postcards from the Lancaster Postcard Club, and more. 


The event will be held next to the Zercher Hotel, Underground Railroad Museum in which those arrested were held while waiting to be transported to Philadelphia for trial. The museum will be open.


Come learn the details of this stand for freedom and come hungry!  A breakfast and lunch Amish food truck, Soul Country Vegan, Randy Yoder’s Chicken and Brinson’s Barbeque food trucks will be there. Join us to celebrate our “Heritage Days”!


The Wm. P. Brinton House 

17 Green Street

Christiana, PA 17509



Darlene A. Colón, President (and descendant)


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William Brinton 1704 House receives grant from The William G. Pomeroy Foundation

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation, a charitable organization "committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history," presented the William Brinton 1704 House with a grant to offset the cost of a sign noting that the house is on the National Register of Historic Places. Look for the new sign the next time you visit the house!

Board President Francis Jacobs was invited to attend this year's signing of the Treaty of Renewed Friendship with the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania. He made remarks regarding the history of the Brinton family and the Lenape people, and participated in a smudging ceremony. Click below to learn more about the LNPA.

Haverford College Hosts Lenape Treaty Signing

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