“William Penn Day” at the New Castle Court House Museum

10/26/2019 - 10:00 AM
Location: Courthouse Museum
Address: 211 Delaware Street
New Castle, Delaware 19720

“William Penn Day” at the New Castle Court House Museum on Oct. 26, 2019

On Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, the New Castle Court House Museum, located at 211 Delaware Street in New Castle, Del., will present “William Penn Day,” a day-long series of activities commemorating the 337th anniversary of Penn’s Oct. 27, 1682 disembarkment at New Castle, his first landing in the New World. Admission for all programs is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 302-323-4453.

William Penn Day 2019 schedule of activities

— Livery of Seisin ceremony. Historical interpreters Bob Vander Decker, David Price, and New Castle resident Jim Whisman as William Penn, re-enact the ceremony in which the town of New Castle, and a 12-mile circle of land surrounding it, were conveyed to William Penn by appointed representatives of the Duke of York. 10:15 a.m.

 “The 1670 Tryal of William Penn.” Historical play about the trial of William Penn (portrayed by Jim Whisman) who was accused of unlawful assembly and inciting a mob by preaching to a group of Quakers on a London street. Issues of religious freedom and the rights of a jury are explored in this 30-minute performance. Audience members may participate in the trial as witnesses and as members of the jury. 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Photo of Jean Norvell— “Meet Mrs. Penn.” Living-history performance by New Castle resident Jean Norvell as Hannah Penn. 12:30 p.m.

— The Delaware Music School’s Suzuki Violins. Performance by young violinists. 2 p.m.

— “Penn of Pennsylvania.” Screening of the 1942 film, starring Clifford Evans and Deborah Kerr, which explores Penn’s fight for religious freedom and the founding of Pennsylvania. 4 p.m.

— Baroque music concert. 6 p.m.

— Tours of the New Castle Court House Museum. Between performances from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.