Peter Wentz Farmstead
An authentic, working 18th-century Pennsylvania German farm
Get a glimpse of life on an 18th-century working farm, where the crops and the livestock are much the same as they would have been when the early Pennsylvania Germans first established this homestead. Learn how the farmers shear wool from sheep, visit with craftspeople producing the finished product and see open-hearth cooking in the summer kitchen.
The historic house still has the interior paint decoration distinctive of the Pennsylvania Germans and the barn contains specialized hand-tools from the period.
Peter and Rosanna Wentz established their farmstead in 1744, and when they finished the large Georgian style stone house in 1758, the architectural features reflected their German heritage.
The farm served as headquarters for General George Washington during the fall of 1777. While here, Washington planned his attempt to keep the British forces from occupying Philadelphia, which resulted in the Battle of Germantown on October 4, 1777.
In 1794, Melchior Schultz, a minister of the Schwenkfelder faith, purchased the farm. His descendants continued to live and farm here until 1969, when the farmstead was purchased by the County of Montgomery.
The site has been restored and the house furnished to reflect its appearance at the time of the American Revolution. A historic garden is adjacent to the house.
Admission is free, alchohol is not permitted and dogs must be leashed.
Sheep Shearing Day in mid April; Colonial Summer Camp in late June; and the Laerenswaert Colonial craft festival in October.
George Washington is said to have slept in the house when it served as headquarters for the American forces in October 1777. You can check out the room in which he stayed. Since family legend had it that Washington stayed there, future owners left it virtually unchanged