"The House from the approach"
This the view of the house, built in 1722 by Sir William Keith, who was the Provincial Governor of Pennsylvania, that we see when arriving in the parking lot. It would be the view, most likely, that was seen by the guests to the house when their carriage pulled up in the yard. This, however, is not the front of the house - that looks out on gardens. It is the oldest original residence of a governor in either Pennsylvania or the US (sorry the guide gave us too many facts for me to remember them all.) The house was built in the Georgian style - very symetrical.
"The front of the house"
This is the formal front of the house, and the door opens onto the lawns. The house is only one room deep, and the inner staircase is not the original - that one would've been much steeper and narrower.
"Detail of an upstairs window and chimney."
"The Summer Kitchen"
With the heat of the summer, the cooking was done in this smaller house which opens onto the kitchen garden, which was fenced in, to keep out livestock or marrauding wildlife. There was the bake oven in there, and also a place where containers or eggs or bottles could be hung to keep cool by the natural springs
"Barn and Kitchen Garden fence"
The barn was actually built by the Penrose family sometime between 1801 and 1821.
"House and Summer Kitchen/Kitchen Garden"
"Looking at the Penrose/Strawbridge farm"
This is across the parking lot from the Keith House and was where the Penrose family lived after 1821. The Strawbridge family, who purchased the farm in 1920, also lived there but maintained the Keith house as a historical site. It was all handed over to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1958 to maintain its historical significance.