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Bolton Mansion's Mother's Day Tea was a "Sold Out" success. A beautiful day helped add to the pleasantness of the event. The Tea, featuring tea sandwiches and specialty desserts, homemade clotted cream and lemon curd. Harp music helped relax our guests and a short talk by author Gloria Bertonis rounded out the afternoon. Our video shows everything from setting up the place settings to the flower arrangements and the conversations of our guests.
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A beautiful Saturday in September following high 90's for the last few weeks, allowed us to have a wonderful fall day at the Mansion. Vendors from face painting to shelter dogs provided guests with a variety of things to see and purchase. Bolton Mansion had a food table and gave tours of the building and of course our gift shop was open! We also had Revolutionary War encampment with a wonderful presenter. In the building Susan Plaisted showed guests her hearth cooking skills. Plenty of things to do for everyone!
Bolton Mansion circa 1687, is a volunteer, non-profit organization and is on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
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John Pemberton, a descendant of Phineas Pemberton, invented Coca-Cola. The original formula was with wine. Prohibition changed that and Pemberton replaced the wine with carbonated water.
A chilly, rainy day greeted us for Bolton Mansion's Mother's Day Tea. Fortunately by 1 pm time the weather cleared and our guests arrived. Our video follows our volunteers in the back room getting the dishes, tea and food ready for our guests. Our harpist, Gloria Galante, arrived with a new harp and played the entire time. Enjoy the video and "Thank You!" to our volunteers for all the sandwiches and baked goods and to all our guests for supporting the Friends of Bolton Mansion.
Bolton Mansion Free Flea Market 2016
The Friends of Bolton Mansion, as a "Thank You" to our supporting community, held our yearly free vendor flea market for Levittown residents. Following a cancellation due to weather, we were able to hold the Flea Market in ideal conditions. The video is from early morning and shows vendors and the public enjoying looking and buying.
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JOHN PEMBERTON- THE HISTORY OF COCA-COLA
Bolton Mansion's Holiday House 2015 was a huge success! The weather, last year, was snow. This year was absolutely wonderful! Bolton Mansion had one of its best shows ever with people coming all three days. Thank You! Our video starts Friday night with the crowd at the tree lighting and singing Christmas carols. On Saturday people were entertained by Bill Williams playing the saxophone and reenactors from a Revolutionary War soldier's camp (Michael Jesburger) to Mrs. John Pemberton, the man who invented CocaCola (Gloria Bertonis) . We also had hearth cooking
with Susan Plaisted and on Sunday, Christ United Methodist Church's signing singers. People enjoyed the decorations and we had many complements about the upkeep and restoration of Bolton Mansion.
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Back in 1995 Bucks County's State Senator Tommy Tomlinson did a tour of Bolton Mansion along with the then County Commissioner Mike Fitzpatrick and Jim Snow, president of the Friends of Bolton Mansion. The tour gives some insight into the background and history of the building.
Bolton Mansion's Holiday display has been a memorable community event through the years. Christmas trees, decorations, the bake house and Santa have brought enjoyment to many people. May the spirit of the season bring peace and joy to all.
The beginning of August is always the time of Bolton Mansion's SummerFest. Our festival featured colonial re-creators, music, toy trains and vendors. The beautiful weather brought out many Bucks County people to make this event a success.
A wonderfully cool summer evening under the stars greeted the guests of Bolton Mansion along with hot apple cider and hot chocolate to the sounds of the Squires of Song. The "Concert on the Green", 2011, included music from old rock and roll's, "In The Still of the Night" to Broadway's, "Give Me Regards to Broadway". This video is a sample of the music that was performed.
Welcome to Bolton Mansion's Holiday House and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Shown are photos of our re-creators Phineas Pemberton, Alice Pemberton, Dolly Madison and Santa Claus. Also take a look at how pretty Bolton Mansion looks all decorated for the holidays, the people who have volunteered, and our guests having a wonderful time. Don't forget to see the train display in the Tennent Building!
Bolton Mansion's 2012 Holiday House and Tree Lighting Ceremony took place on a calm, cool, pleasant and peaceful evening on November 30. The well attended annual event featured Christmas Carols and the tree lighting. Bolton Mansion was open for self guided tours that included Christmas trees decorated in the style of various historical times along with re-enactors who portrayed Martha Washington (Gloria Bertonis), her nephew Major Washington (Jim Snow) and Anthony Morris (Ed Weiser), the owner of Bolton Mansion.
Bolton Mansion hosted at two day event for the 60th Anniversary of Levittown, Pa. The event featured tours of Bolton Mansion, displays of Levittown's beginnings, photos and videos of Levittown's past and present and the collecting of oral histories of original Levittown residents. Our video chronicles the events over the two day show and focuses on the people who took part in this celebration.
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Bolton Mansion hosted the 33 piece, "Tri-County Band". This wonderful outdoor concert featured songs from Bach, Souza to music from the "Jersey Boys". The pleasant summer evening brought out an audience of enthusiast to sit back and relax to this joyous musical group.
The Bolton Mansion Fall Festival took place on a wonderful summer/autumn day on September 20. This video shows the various vendors, people and events taking place on the grounds of the historic Mansion.
Bolton Mansion's Hearth Cooking Class with Susan McLellan Plaisted. This six hour cooking class included foods from colonial times prepared over Bolton Mansion's open hearth. Susan provided the members of the class with detailed instruction of the food cooking preparation, information about what is required to cook with an open fire and embers and interesting stories about the life and times of people in the 1700's. A sit down dinner of all the prepared food concluded the interesting and entertaining class. Colonial cooking classes are an ongoing event at Bolton Mansion.
A poor forecast of weather conditions could not stop the enjoyment at the Historic Bolton Mansion's Annual Holiday House. Held from December 5 to 7th, the opening evening tree lighting ceremony was held in wonderful clear and crisp early December weather. The Bucks-Mont Choir serenaded the people with Christmas carols followed by tours of the Mansion. Saturday and Sunday featured harp music by Gloria Galante and fireplace hearth cooking by Susan Plaisted. In addition, reenactors portrayed Civil War soldiers from the north and Colonel Pemberton, from the south, talking about his Civil War activities and why he was a southern colonel (he married a southern lady) . Mary Todd Lincoln also told of her background with President Lincoln. Even though Saturday was rainy and chilly many people came out to tour the building, listen to the music, eat some home baked food and learn some of the interesting history that Bolton Mansion has been part of since 1682. During the Holiday House, Bolton Mansion participated in "Operation Gratitude". People wrote letters and drew pictures to our soldiers overseas. Bolton Mansion collected all the letters and is sending them to Operation Gratitude for distribution.
Bolton Mansion, originally 350 acres, was purchased by William Penn (circa 1687) and assigned to Phoebe Pemberton. The name, "Bolton" came from Pemberton's home in Boulton, Lancashire, England. The Pemberton family eventually merged with the Robert Morris family, who continued the farm. These photos are from the Pemberton/Morris era. The Friends of Bolton Mansion are working to identify the people in the photos and we will caption them once we have completed the research.
After a long, cold winter Bolton Mansion was pleased to host a Mothers' Day Tea on a gorgeous day in May. Colonial garbed volunteers prepared s wonderful meal of tea, sandwiches and deserts. Over forty people attended the festive affair that featured harpist, Gloria Galante. Enjoy our video showing everything from table decorations to food preparations to our guests partaking in a relaxing and peaceful Mother's Day celebration.