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Pen Ryn Estate on The Delaware

History

The Pen Ryn Estate is more than a premier location in Bucks County PA. With its historic nature and architectural significance, the Pen Ryn Estate is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Such an recognition makes the estate unique and special. Below is a brief history of such a historic riverfront location, as well as links for further history. We hope you enjoy!

A Brief History...

Pen Ryn Estate View From the RiverWhen such notable families as the Bickleys, Whartons and Drexels sought the tranquility and beauty of a riverfront country estate, removed from the heat and hustle of the city, they chose Pen Ryn. With their immense wealth, they transformed the land into manicured gardens with sweeping vistas and built an architecturally stunning mansion to live and entertain in.

The original tract of land was originally known as Belle Voir. In 1744, Abraham Bickley, a wealthy shipping merchant, and colonial alderman built the mansion and renamed the estate, Pen Ryn. The estate was visited by such historic figures as Benjamin Franklin, Francis Hopkinson (signer of the Declaration of Independence), and Benjamin West (famous colonial portrait painter). At the turn of the century, the Drexel family enlarged the mansion with the addition of the gallery, library, servant quarters and carriage house.

Historical Picture of the Belle Voir In 1744Years later, the estate was purchased and maintained by the neighboring Biddle family who permitted the house and immediate grounds for use as the private Pen Ryn School. In 1988, the entire estate was sold to a developer who soon declared bankruptcy. The property was left abandoned and severely vandalized.

In 1993, the property was privately purchased and meticulously restored to its original grandeur. Due to its historic nature and architectural significance, the Pen Ryn Estate is now listed on the Historic Register of Historic Places.

Today the estate is known as the premier Bucks county riverfront estate available for weddings, banquets, corporate meetings and group tours.

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