April 22, 4PM & 7:30PM
Tour 1: 4PM REGISTER
Tour 2: 7:30PM REGISTER
The tour takes place at the 1707 Rittenhouse Homestead at RittenhouseTown
Please review the driving directions provided on our website. GPS will not provide correct directions to RittenhouseTown when using our mailing address (208 Lincoln Drive). If using GPS, enter 6034 Wissahickon Ave Phila., PA 19144 for directions to our entrance. Proceed down the long driveway until you can see the Homestead (the first and building on the left). Park along the road and cross the footbridge to the Homestead.
Join David Rittenhouse (Portrayed by Ted Williams) for an exclusive tour of his birthplace and a review of the amazing accomplishments of America’s Premier Scientist and Astronomer. Visitors will tour his birth home to get a better understanding of some of the influences that helped to shape his life. The tour of the home and grounds includes a review of the newly established Rittenhouse Timeline (a museum display at the birth home). The visit will be topped with an astronomy lesson given by David Rittenhouse and will include his world famous observation of the transit of Venus across the Sun. David will be joined by Carolyn Herschel (portrayed by Lynn King) who was the first professional female astronomer and comet hunter. At the end of the evening presentation if weather permits a star watch with telescope views of the heavens will be provided.
The 2017 David Rittenhouse Award Dinner honors John Mercanti, former Chief Engraver and Sculptor of The United States Mint.
VIP ticket: $195
Includes VIP cocktail reception, dinner and early access to the silent auction
Regular ticket: $145
Includes dinner and silent auction
SPECIAL EXHIBIT: DAVID RITTENHOUSE, THROUGH THE FOUNDERS’ LENS
The exhibit is also open for weekday group tours thru Spring 2017. Tours can be booked through our education program. Select the Historic Tour option for access to the exhibit and a full tour of RittenhouseTown. Add paper making or colonial cooking for a complete experience.
David Rittenhouse was highly regarded by the Founding Fathers. His works as astronomer, surveyor, maker of models of the solar system, treasurer of the state of Pennsylvania all inspired respect and admiration among the group of legislators which gathered periodically in Philadelphia. The June 2016 opening of the exhibit profiles Rittenhouse’s special relationship with Thomas Jefferson, as discussed by historian Ron Landa.
The man born in the Homestead at RittenhouseTown went on to map the wilderness of a new nation, explain phenomena in the heavens, and confer with the Franklin, Jefferson, Washington and Madison. David Rittenhouse was humble yet brilliant, a scholar and a technician, a self-taught educator of educators, an entrepreneur and public servant. By the time of his death, he had become the new nation’s favorite example of what Americans could contribute to the Enlightenment.
A new exhibit in the Homestead illustrates Rittenhouse’s accomplishments with instruments of his own making, with books he held in his hands and papers signed by his pen. This was his home. This was his life. His decades-long dialogue with Thomas Jefferson is captured.
Exhibit compiled and interpreted by Susan Bockius on an exhibit structure created by Myles Pettengill.
For 26 years Historic RittenhouseTown's Paper Mill Run 5K Race has been held on the first Saturday after Labor Day. Unfortunately there will be no race this year due to construction on the Walnut Lane Bridge. The race route follows Forbidden Drive, a paved path that passes beneath the Bridge. Though the Drive remains open, we feel that the somewhat obstructed path is too narrow to safely accommodate our runners. The race will return in 2017.