|Frontal View of Primitive Hall|
|The bedroom in much the same Quaker style it was in when Pennock slept here.|
The structure, which faces south, is 52'2" wide at the front and 40' deep along the sides. A unique adaption of the William Penn town house plan (it is actually two Penn-plan houses connected by a center hall), the house is made up of four three-story brick sections, one in each corner of the building. All four sections are connected to the large center hall which runs from the south front of the house to the back. Each room has a corner fire-place, and the four west rooms -- two up and two down -- share a chimney, as do the four east rooms. There is a west cellar and an east cellar, but the earth beneath the brick-floored center hall is unexcavated.
|A china hutch houses photographs and other ancestrial valuables.|
Although much work was done to restore the exterior of Primitive all during the five decades from 1920 to 1970, restoration of the interior of the house began in earnest in January of 1973. With great care workmen preserved the house's original woodwork, replacing sections of wainscoting only where it had disappeared from the staircase wall, matching the design and character of the new wood to the original yellow pine and poplar woodwork.
|A spinning wheel still in working order.|
Included among the house's furnishings are a six-foot long panelled settle with a leather seat that can be opened to form a bed, a drop leaf oval table that is one of the largest to be found in the area, a wainscot armchair and side chair, a slant top desk with magnificent interior detail, and a large storage chest.
|Pennock descendants have engraved their initials and dates into the bricks outside, though today's visitors are encouraged to sign the log book inside!|
Primitive Hall, whose interior had remained unfinished since 1738, was finally completed in 1976 -- a fitting tribute to the Nation's Bicentennial.
Historians, architects and many others who have come to know Primitive Hall consider it one of the lesser known but most important houses in Pennsylvania. Few buildings anywhere so faithfully retain their original character as Primitive Hall -- not only the character of brick and mortar, but the sense of 18th Century solitude and strength.