Noted scientist and astronomer, David Rittenhouse, observed and recorded a total solar eclipse in 1778. His findings were printed by the American Philosophical Society. He also corresponded with Thomas Jefferson about the rare solar event.
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 […]
Our new Site Manager, Christine McPoyle, will be working to address the historic preservation, renovation and maintenance concerns of the buildings and site. She has a certificate in Historic Preservation, three years experience as a historic conservation technician, two years experience as a building manager, and two years experience as an office manager for a […]
Rittenhouse descendant, JD Rittenhouse, will be on hand at Historic RittenhouseTown to sign copies of his recently published novel this Saturday, June 18th from 3PM to 5PM. Copies of the book are available for purchase in Historic RittenhouseTown’s gift shop. JD Rittenhouse is a retired attorney who became interested in his family history as a […]
Photos by LaFayette W. Bell, Sr.
Family Bookmaking Families will make artistic books together in the paper studio. Saturday, July 16th Fees Adult Nonmember $40.00 USDAdult Member $30.00 USDChild 8 to 17 $10.00 USD Return to schedule
Encaustic Collage Paint with beeswax and build shimmering layers of color using papers, colored waxes and pigment. Use this ancient technique on two small pieces and learn new techniques and how to use tools to build layers. Duration: 4 hours Start time: 6:30PM Sunday, May 29th Fees (Includes supplies) Nonmember $82.00 USDMember $72.00 USD Return […]
Historic RittenhouseTown is a proud recipient of a 2016 SOS Grant from Historic Germantown – a collaborative effort between fifteen historic sites in the greater Germantown area! Historic Germantown launched the Sustaining Our Sites (SOS) Fund in 2014 to further the sustainability of all member sites and to draw the consortium sites together in collective […]
On November 14, 2015 Historic RittenhouseTown hosted the first workshop in Historic Germantown’s Elephants on the Avenue series. Geocaching & Creative Reflection with Yolanda Wisher invited local families to actively explore the history and home of one of Germantown’s “first families” and to record their own family history through collaborative and creative exercises. Following a […]
Due to the generosity of the Jane Elizabeth Cohen Foundation, we have been able to relocate the Historic RittenhouseTown Visitor Center, Administrative Offices and Gift Shop to the ca. 1845 Enoch Rittenhouse Home. As part of this work, we have recreated the Front Parlor to look as it might have in the late 1800’s. Jane […]