It has been 333 years since England’s King Charles II granted the land that is now Pennsylvania to William Penn. In celebration on Charter Day, the original ‘birth certificate’ from 1682 was on display at historic Pennsbury Manor in Falls Township, Bucks County on Sunday. Pennsbury Manor is a recreated colonial estate that was the home of Pennsylvania’s founder, William Penn from 1682 to 1701. Governor Tom Corbett and first lady Susan, stopped by the grounds to view the document and tour the mansion, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
Gov. Corbett says, “This is where Pennsylvania really had its first home as far as we are considered and charter day being the charter that created the colony on the grant on 47 million acres to William Penn from King Charles II. It’s a great historical date, but the significance of that historical date is that it was the beginning of Pennsylvania and the beginning of this country.”
The charter will be on display until March 16th, and will then return to its permanent home in the State Museum in Harrisburg.