Historic RittenhouseTown

Operating Hours/Cost
Summer Hours (June-September): The Visitors Center is open for tours on weekends throughout the summer from 12-4 (last tour begins at 3), please call to confirm hours. The Visitors Center Coordinator is on site to offer historical interpretation. Tours can be arranged at other times by advance appointment only. To schedule a tour, please call (215)438-5711.

Winter Hours (October- May): Tours can be arranged by advance appointment only. To schedule a tour, please call (215)438-5711.

Among the many picturesque acres of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, there is a rare and unique treasure known as Historic RittenhouseTown. It is the site of America's first paper mill, established in 1690 by Wilhelm Rittenhausen. Today, 7 buildings remain, dating from the early 18th century until the end of the 19th century, including a barn which houses our papermaking studio, the original Rittenhouse Family Homestead, and the original Rittenhouse Homestead Bakehouse. The site is open to the public and offers many exciting programs that enrich interest and awareness of this important National Historic Landmark and all it has to offer.

Admission fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens. All current members of Historic RittenhouseTown are admitted for free.

Contact Information
206 Lincoln Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19144

phone: (215) 438-5711
fax: (215) 849-6447

website: Visit Official Web Site
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National Historic Landmark
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Historic RittenhouseTown is located in the Historic Northwest section of Philadelphia approximately 8 miles or 20 minutes from Philadelphia's City Hall


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