Tour Information

Tours of Primitive Hall are available by appointment year-round. Schedule your tour or find out more, by emailing one of our volunteer guides at The tours include a brief introductory video, followed by a room-by-room tour where guests learn about Joseph Pennock and the Pennock family, the history of the Hall, the work of the Primitive Hall Foundation, and the detail of the furnishings, much of which is original to the Hall and dates back to the early 1700s. If interested, visitors can see the oversized Pennock genealogy chart which follows eight generations of the family. In the kitchen, a docent will share facts about colonial cooking and how the kitchen is used. Upstairs, visitors can see samplers and other needlework created by the Pennock women, as well as items of clothing and crafts and a dollhouse used by the Pennock children. Weather permitting, tours include a walk around the outside of the Hall (including some Pennock graffiti) and a visit to the newly renovated two-story springhouse.

Tours can be customized based on the visitors' interests and could focus on the furniture, the architecture of the Hall, Pennock genealogy, or the history of the Hall. Tours usually take about 90 minutes. Within 20 minutes of the Hall, guests can have lunch or dinner at several good restaurants.

The ground floor of the Hall is wheelchair accessible. Reaching the second floor involves climbing two flights of steps, with a broad landing halfway up where visitors can rest. The Hall is heated and air-conditioned and there is a bathroom.

There is no charge for tours, but donations (by cash, check, or credit card) are gratefully accepted. There is a small museum shop where visitors can purchase Primitive Hall mugs, hats, bookmarks, and notecards.


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