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Programs & Events of 2021




Come visit Harriton House! To sign up for any of our clases or for any questions call us at (610) 525-0201.

Daily visits and t
ours through the historic Harriton House:

Tours are available Wednesday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 4:00pm by appointment only. Admission to the house is $6.00 per adult, students free.  Group visits of more than 5 persons should make their reservations at least a week in advance. 

The grounds of the park are free and open to the public from dawn to dusk everyday. Come stroll along the grounds and visit our barn animals. 

School Groups and visits:

We invite teachers and students to utilize Harriton as an educational resource, and we will work with teachers to tailor a program to specific interests or curriculum needs in field trips.  We especially enjoy working with homeschooled individuals and groups.  Please call us to discuss your needs or requests. 

Click on one of the red links here to see a specific program or just scroll through the page below.


Autumn Apple Tasting

Can't find a good apple at the supermarket?  Join us for the annual Harriton Apple Tasting celebration on October the 30th at 3:00 pm. $6.00 admission. Children under 6 years are free to enter. as well as those who have pies to submit into the apple pie contest.  Brief apple presentation PROMPTLY at 3:00 with a tasting of delights following.!

If you bring your best apple pie or creation, the judges might just crown you apple King/Queen of Harriton for 2021!!

So come taste, decide, and buy your autumn apples not available in the supermarket. Pumpkins also available.  It is THAT time of year.  RSVP's ARE A MUST.

General Admission (Children under 6 free)


Apples are a fruit to love. Come and  sample heirloom varieties of America's favorite fruit - tart, sweet, crunchy, soft-fleshed, yellow, pink, and green.  Some of our apple varieties are over 300 years old, others are more modern..  Apples were extremely important in colonial America.  They were eaten "out of hand";  they were baked into pies or baked by themselves; they were cut and dried into "schnitz" for use all winter long; or, they were converted to cider (hard and soft) and vinegar. Learn who Johnny Appleseed was (yes, he was a real person) and why he spread the seeds he did.  You will also learn that apples don't "come true" from seed and how we do get the delicious varieties which survive today.  Charles Thomson who lived here at Harriton was a nurseryman who grew apples and other fruits.  All this while you munch apple slices, and partake of a glass of cider. And, if you bring your apple pie for judging you might be inaugurated as Harriton's Apple King or Queen for next year's event! An honor not to be taken lightly!

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, 610 525 0201 or by pre-payment above. Don't Miss It! Children welcome if well behaved.  Apples will be available for purchase.  

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The Art of Beekeeping: a Beginning Beekeeping Course

Learn about the importance of the honeybee to our landscape.  Dress up in a beesuit and participate in the installation of package bees in the apiary at historic Harriton. Taste the differences in various honeys and savor the taste of Harriton's award winning honey. You will attend a meeting of the Harriton Beekeepers group, where you can meet and rub elbows with local beekeepers from the age of 11 to 89.   Coffee, donuts, and lots of good information provided! 

October 16th 9:30 - Noon

Register at Main Line School Night or by calling us at (610) 525-0201.

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Beginning Blacksmithing: From Colonial Times to Present

Beginning Blacksmithing will be offered at Harriton House on Saturdays on these dates: 

November 6th 9:00am-3:00pm

Register through Main Line School Night.

Come and work with Harriton Curator Bruce Gill at Harriton's forges where you will learn about tools and fire and coal and metals. There will be a reference library of books and forged iron objects to see and handle. You will get hands-on experience in shaping small items of forged iron (steel actually), and you will go home with the product of your labor and instruction. Younger, older, or somewhere in the middle, or whether you think you have large biceps or small ones, you can participate.

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Turn, Turn, Turn, Introduction to Woodturning

Everything from bowls to candlesticks to staircase parts and fountain pens can be made on the lathe. Lathe turning is a popular hobby for young and old(er), and it was historically a popular pastime of nobility.

  • November 13th from 10 am- 3 pm

Check out Main Line School Night for dates, times, and registration details.

Get a lesson in sharpening (which might even come in handy around Thanksgiving - turkeys as well as wood need sharp tools!). Come and be introduced to the pleasures of creating your personal pen, candlestick, baby rattle, or spinning top (take THAT home to your grandchildren and see what happens!). We will look at the historic Harriton House and its contents to see lathe-turned objects from the 1700's.  

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Pandora's Garden - A Parent and Child Nature Class

This special program for members of the Harriton Association is a toddler nature class designed to stimulate and expand young inquisitive minds. Activities are directed towards children of eighteen months to three years, although babies and children of all ages are welcome and will benefit from play and discovery in the beautiful surroundings of Harriton House. The private cottage in the grounds of Harriton House provides the perfect setting for children and caregivers to explore the wonders of nature together. Children will plant flowers and vegetables in their own private garden. On warm sunny days we will hold teddy-bear picnics, read stories and sing songs in the open air. Creative activities such as painting are also held outside weather permitting. Babies under 6 months are always free. Sessions are seasonal, being held in the spring and in the fall. 


Tuesdays and Fridays Begining September 8

  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Thursdays Begining September 10th

  • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


For further information or to register online please visit

Please make your payment out to the Harriton Association. Thank you!



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Classes held through Main Line School Night & Chester County Night School

 Looking for additoional dates? Check out courses offered through both Main Line School Night and Chester County School night at the links below.

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