What: Harriton House
Where: Bryn Mawr, PA
When: August 1, 2017
This structure was a 19th century stone dairy barn
Harriton was built in 1704 by a Welsh Quaker, Rowland Ellis. He called his 700-acre estate “Bryn Mawr” which means “High Hill” in Welsh. However, he had about 15 acres under cultivation which is about the size of the property today.
The 3-story house is an example of early Pennsylvania architecture.
The House is open Wednesday – Saturday. House tours are by appointment only.
In 1719, the property was sold to Richard Harrison, a tobacco planter from Maryland. Harrison changed the name to “Harriton.” He introduced tobacco culture to the estate where it was grown until the 1740s.
After Harrison died, Harrison’s daughter and son-in-law, Charles Thompson, lived in the house. Thompson is most famous for his role as the first and only Secretary to the Continental Congress. He also designed the Great Seal of the United States (turn over a dollar bill and you’ll see the seal).
It was Thompson who notified George Washington that he had been elected first President of the United States.
The property is open during daylight hours everyday.
For more information, visit Harriton’s website.