Harriton House

History

Harriton House FactsHarriton House was originally called Bryn Mawr when it was erected in 1704 by farmer Rowland Ellis. Ellis had already been farming the land, which he had acquired from William Penn in the 1680s, for 20 years before building his stately home. 

In 1719, the property was purchased by Richard Harrison, who changed the name of the property to Harriton and turned it into the northernmost tobacco plantation in the colonies. 

Harriton's most famous resident was Harrison's son-in-law, Charles Thomson. Thomson served as Secretary of the Continental Congress and is best known as the designer of the Great Seal of the United States. 

In December 1777, Bryn Mawr was the site of a skirmish between the rival armies. General James Potter was encamped at Harriton House when his troops engaged with a British raiding party led by General Charles Cornwallis. The Continental Army was marching toward Valley Forge, away from the fighting so Potter was forced to withdraw. Cornwallis opted not to pursue the fight and withdrew his men to Philadelphia. 

Today, Harriton House has been restored to reflect the Charles Thomson's years in the home. The house is surrounded by a spacious park with gardens and a stream. 

Visits are available daily Wednesday through Saturday, with advance notice requested. Admission is $6 for adults, free for students. 

Annual Events

Harriton House BeekeepingBeekeeping and Honey Festival
July 25, 2014

The annual Beekeeping and Honey Festival is a chance for a unique hands-on experiences. Adults and children are invited to try on beesuits, visit the hives and help extract the honey. Nature educators will also be on hand to provide special activities for children. Reservations are required for this event.

Harriton House Plantation FairPlantation Fair
September 26, 2015

Harriton House's annual Plantation Fair celebrates 25 years in 2015. The event features many activities including craft and antique vendors, sheep herding demonstrations, pony rides for the kids, house tours, Revolutionary War reeneactors, live bluegrass music and more. 


Restaurants Near Harriton House

Old Guard House InnThe Old Guard House Inn
953 Youngs Ford Rd
Gladwyne, PA 19035
Distance: 2 Miles
484.973.6064

Superb country dining in a 200-year-old historic building. Seasonal American and Continental cuisine, fireplaces, cozy atmosphere, friendly service.  

Legends Philadelphia Marriott WestLegends Sports Bar and Grill
111 Crawford Ave
West Conshohocken, PA 19428
Distance: 3 Miles
610.6941.5600

Legends prepares a classic American cuisine, serving gourmet salads, fresh fish and certified Angus beef. Top-shelf cocktails and wines make this restaurant perfect for social and business occasions.  

Peppers Italian Restaurant & BarPeppers Italian Restaurant and Bar
239 Town Center Rd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Distance: 6 Miles
610.265.2416

Excellent food made to order. We are known for large food and drink portions with good prices. Voted best Italian Restaurant Readers Choice five years in a row. Locally owned and operated.


Hotels Near Harriton House

Philadelphia Marriott West ExteriorPhiladelphia Marriott West
111 Crawford Ave
W. Conshohocken, PA 19428
Distance: 3 Miles
610.941.5600

286 rooms. Located only a few miles from Philadelphia, Valley Forge, and Villanova; the Philadelphia Marriott West accommodates leisure travelers, business functions and social events. Enjoy contemporary style at this Marriott hotel.

Best Western Plus RoomsBest Western Plus - The Inn at King of Prussia
127 S. Gulph Rd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Distance: 6 Miles
610.265.4500

168 rooms. Complimentary hot breakfast buffet and WiFi. Seasonal heated outdoor pool and whirlpool. On-Site fitness center, media room and business center. Directly across from the King of Prussia Mall. Two miles from Valley Forge National Historical Park, 20 miles from Historic Olde City Philadelphia.

Courtyard - Devon ExteriorCourtyard by Marriott - Devon
762 W. Lancaster Ave
Wayne, PA 19087
Distance: 6 Miles
610.687.6633

Select service, moderately priced hotel with 149 recently renovated guest rooms and suites. Enjoy the indoor pool, fitness center, and complimentary Wifi throughout. The Bistro - Eat.Drink.Connect is open daily for breakfast, dinner, and cocktails. 

DoubleTree Valley Forge ExteriorDoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia/Valley Forge
301 W. DeKalb Pk
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Distance: 6 Miles
610.337.1200

North of the King of Prussia Mall on US 202, DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia/Valley Forge features 327 newly renovated luxurious guest rooms, a health club, outdoor heated 3 season pool and gift shop. 

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