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The William Penn Inn

Gwynedd , PA
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LOCATION

Route 202 & Sumneytown Pike, P.O. Box 6
Gwynedd, PA 19436 US (map)

PHONE

215-699-9272

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The History of the William Penn Inn



A Gwynedd Public House

The charming country inn where you dine today has roots that extend back to the origins of... Read more
The History of the William Penn Inn



A Gwynedd Public House

The charming country inn where you dine today has roots that extend back to the origins of the country hospitality in "Penn's Woods," the colony founded by English Quaker William Penn. Around 1700, Governor William Penn and his 22-year-old daughter, Letitia, were made welcome when they rode up from Philadelphia to visit and worship with Gwynedd Friends for a few days. A public house was established on that site in 1714, providing hearty food, refreshing drink and comfortable lodging that made travel possible between Penn's "greene country towne" of Philadelphia and the many smaller towns and hamlets scattered north and west of the city.

The William Penn Inn sits on part of a tract of 1,034 acres, patented to Robert ap Evan – Robert, son of Evan. Robert is thought to be the brother of Thomas Evans, who owned a barked log cabin along the native Americans’ well-traveled Maxatawney Trail (later known as Sumneytown Pike), near the Gwynedd Friends (Quakers) meetinghouse.

Robert Evans passed the property on to Jesse Evans and in 1755 the property passed out of the family to George Maris. George’s son, Jesse, sold the property to David Acuff in 1818. It was David Acuff who, in 1827 finally secured a license to operate the inn as a formal tavern. The Acuffs operated the inn for many years, and were responsible for naming the tavern the “William Penn Hotel”, honoring its historic visitor and founder of Pennsylvania. Photographs from that time period show a simple, two-story stone hotel still retaining its 18th century style.



Revitalizing an Inn for the Era

Even though new forms of travel helped make the old public houses unnecessary, the William Penn Inn was one of the new area hostels to remain vital. On January 1st, 1900, Algernon “Jerry” Yothers leased the inn from the Acuff estate and undertook extensive improvements. He built well-lit and well-ventilated stables that, according to newspaper articles of the time, boasted of “pure artesian well water and electrical lights.” He raised the roof for a third story and constructed a two-story porch and central portico, dramatically changing the face of the tavern that looked onto State Road.

Nicholas de Wilde bought the inn in 1920, reopening it in 1924 with a gala celebration. From his overseas travels, de Wilde brought back fervor for the service and surroundings offered in London’s gentleman’s clubs. Heave silver serving pieces from luxury ocean liners and European-trained professionals became the foundation from his new restaurant. It was deWilde who collected and framed many of the old photos and mementos that are still displayed today.

The Kubach family took over the inn’s operation in 1977 and later sold it to Peter R. Friedrich, who has been the proud owner and proprietor since 1981. With his European training and background, he has brought the renowned landmark into the 21st century as the oldest continuously operated country inn in Pennsylvania. We remain dedicated to our tradition of hospitality, offering superlative food, service and lodging in a relaxed and cordial setting. You are invited to wander through our historic site and partake of the hospitality that has become our hallmark.



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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
14
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
8
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Rustic, Vintage, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Cake, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Outside Vendors OK
What event items are available?
Chairs
What food and beverage items are available?
Linens

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
14
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Private Room, Private Section

REVIEWS

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Caleb
Wedding:
3/31/2017
5.0/5.0
I've had an amazing time working with Monica! We just recently chose our menu and designs for our March 2017 wedding. Kate from the floral department was also great to work with. There were tons of options for bouquets and arrangements and she was able to dial in on exactly what we needed. The food at the tasting was absolutely wonderful and we can't wait for our guests to experience everything at the William Penn Inn!
I've had an amazing time working with Monica! We just recently chose our menu and designs for our March 2017 wedding. Kate Read more...
I've had an amazing time working with Monica! We just recently chose our menu and designs for our March 2017 wedding. Kate from the floral department was also great to work with. There were tons of options for bouquets and arrangements and she was able to dial in on exactly what we needed. The food at the tasting was absolutely wonderful and we can't wait for our guests to experience everything at the William Penn Inn! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Easy decision, no worries, start early to book...
Easy decision, no worries, start early to book...
Easy decision, no worries, start early to book... Read less
Services Used: Band, Beauty & Health, Wedding Cake, Ceremony Music, DJ, Dress & Attire, Favors & Gifts, Invitations, Jewelry, Officiant, Photography, Wedding Planning, Rehearsal Dinner, Rentals & Photobooths, Transportation, Travel, Videography, Unique Services
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Kara
Wedding:
12/16/2016
5.0/5.0
William Penn Inn has always held a special place in my heart due to all of the family events I’ve attended there, and after having my wedding there, I love William Penn Inn even more! From the very first meeting there with Shelley, to meeting with Kate, the florist, sorting out details with Monica, and working with Kelly the day of our wedding, everything went very smoothly and according to plan. Everyone I worked with was a true professional, very knowledgeable, and most importantly- FUN!

A William Penn Inn wedding is great for many, many, reasons but especially because they can do anything right there. The bakery makes the cake [which people LOVED], and flower shoppe can do the flowers, they have the linens, chairs, etc. I can’t recommend Kate, the flower shoppe manager enough. We had such a blast in our planning meetings and she really knows her stuff! As a girl who knows next to nothing about flowers, Kate’s expertise was much appreciated.

I had my wedding in December and oh my gosh- the inn at Christmastime. There’s truly no place better or more beautiful. I always said I wouldn’t be one of those brides with a million wedding pictures throughout my house but with such gorgeous pictures from outside, how can I not?! :)
William Penn Inn has always held a special place in my heart due to all of the family events I’ve attended there, and Read more...
William Penn Inn has always held a special place in my heart due to all of the family events I’ve attended there, and after having my wedding there, I love William Penn Inn even more! From the very first meeting there with Shelley, to meeting with Kate, the florist, sorting out details with Monica, and working with Kelly the day of our wedding, everything went very smoothly and according to plan. Everyone I worked with was a true professional, very knowledgeable, and most importantly- FUN!

A William Penn Inn wedding is great for many, many, reasons but especially because they can do anything right there. The bakery makes the cake [which people LOVED], and flower shoppe can do the flowers, they have the linens, chairs, etc. I can’t recommend Kate, the flower shoppe manager enough. We had such a blast in our planning meetings and she really knows her stuff! As a girl who knows next to nothing about flowers, Kate’s expertise was much appreciated.

I had my wedding in December and oh my gosh- the inn at Christmastime. There’s truly no place better or more beautiful. I always said I wouldn’t be one of those brides with a million wedding pictures throughout my house but with such gorgeous pictures from outside, how can I not?! :) Read less
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sean
Wedding:
8/27/2016
5.0/5.0
From top to bottom, the William Penn Inn was first class and made for a perfect wedding day for the two of us and our guests. Having the venue, catering, bakery and florist all on-site, made planning so much easier. The food and cake were delicious, the staff was always super nice and accommodating and the venue has this historical charm that you cannot find in other places. We highly recommend the Inn!
From top to bottom, the William Penn Inn was first class and made for a perfect wedding day for the two of us and our Read more...
From top to bottom, the William Penn Inn was first class and made for a perfect wedding day for the two of us and our guests. Having the venue, catering, bakery and florist all on-site, made planning so much easier. The food and cake were delicious, the staff was always super nice and accommodating and the venue has this historical charm that you cannot find in other places. We highly recommend the Inn! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Crystall
Wedding:
7/16/2016
5.0/5.0
Our experience has been 5 star from the start. They made the choice very easy.
Our experience has been 5 star from the start. They made the choice very easy.
Our experience has been 5 star from the start. They made the choice very easy. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner
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Abbie
Wedding:
7/9/2016
5.0/5.0
Working with Monica made planning our wedding so easy! She was professional, quick to respond and always so helpful. Our reception was so perfect due to their attention to detail.
Working with Monica made planning our wedding so easy! She was professional, quick to respond and always so helpful. Our Read more...
Working with Monica made planning our wedding so easy! She was professional, quick to respond and always so helpful. Our reception was so perfect due to their attention to detail. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Diane
Wedding:
6/18/2016
5.0/5.0
William Penn did an excellent job from start to finish executing my wedding. I began my planning with Shelley who was so welcoming and friendly. She paid attention to details and answered my emails quickly when I needed her help. She made sure I was prepared in every way for my special day.
Shelley connected me with Kate in the floral department, who then helped me plan all the flowers, cake, and decorations that she would provide for the event. Kate helped to guide me in all the decisions that I needed to make, and made my dream a reality.
The day before the event, I met with Kelly, who would be my personal coordinator for the big day. She reviewed our plans with Shelley and I at a meeting, and I gave her all my items that I provided. She helped us practice at the rehearsal and kept my nerves at ease.
Kelly constantly checked in with me and my groom before, during, and after the ceremony to make sure we did not need anything.
The wait staff and bartender were courteous and pleasant at our reception, and did a fabulous job.
The food was out of this world! We had so many compliments from the cocktail hour to the main course, and our chocolate fountain.
The William Penn Inn made our wedding one to remember and we are extremely thankful to them!
William Penn did an excellent job from start to finish executing my wedding. I began my planning with Shelley who was so Read more...
William Penn did an excellent job from start to finish executing my wedding. I began my planning with Shelley who was so welcoming and friendly. She paid attention to details and answered my emails quickly when I needed her help. She made sure I was prepared in every way for my special day.
Shelley connected me with Kate in the floral department, who then helped me plan all the flowers, cake, and decorations that she would provide for the event. Kate helped to guide me in all the decisions that I needed to make, and made my dream a reality.
The day before the event, I met with Kelly, who would be my personal coordinator for the big day. She reviewed our plans with Shelley and I at a meeting, and I gave her all my items that I provided. She helped us practice at the rehearsal and kept my nerves at ease.
Kelly constantly checked in with me and my groom before, during, and after the ceremony to make sure we did not need anything.
The wait staff and bartender were courteous and pleasant at our reception, and did a fabulous job.
The food was out of this world! We had so many compliments from the cocktail hour to the main course, and our chocolate fountain.
The William Penn Inn made our wedding one to remember and we are extremely thankful to them! Read less
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Hannah
Wedding:
6/11/2016
5.0/5.0
I have zero regrets with booking the William Penn Inn for my wedding venue. They were truly amazing from day one. They answered every ridiculous question that I had and helped me with any concern. They were always there when I needed them. Kelly was my day-of coordinator and she was fantastic! It's nice that they do the catering, bakery, and flowers. We just needed to book a DJ and photographer. My cake was so good and I am not a huge cake person. Also, I definitely need to give their florist Kate a huge shout out because the flowers and bouquets were STUNNING!!!! I walked into the bridal suite and saw the bouquets displayed in their vases and immediately began to tear up. They seriously took my wedding vision and made it better than I could have imagined. My wedding was literally perfect and I owe a lot of that to the William Penn Inn. The venue is beautiful and the food is outstanding!! If you want to sample their food, I would highly recommend their Sunday Brunch! My Husband and I were getting compliments all night (and still are) on how great everything was and especially on the food!
I have zero regrets with booking the William Penn Inn for my wedding venue. They were truly amazing from day one. They Read more...
I have zero regrets with booking the William Penn Inn for my wedding venue. They were truly amazing from day one. They answered every ridiculous question that I had and helped me with any concern. They were always there when I needed them. Kelly was my day-of coordinator and she was fantastic! It's nice that they do the catering, bakery, and flowers. We just needed to book a DJ and photographer. My cake was so good and I am not a huge cake person. Also, I definitely need to give their florist Kate a huge shout out because the flowers and bouquets were STUNNING!!!! I walked into the bridal suite and saw the bouquets displayed in their vases and immediately began to tear up. They seriously took my wedding vision and made it better than I could have imagined. My wedding was literally perfect and I owe a lot of that to the William Penn Inn. The venue is beautiful and the food is outstanding!! If you want to sample their food, I would highly recommend their Sunday Brunch! My Husband and I were getting compliments all night (and still are) on how great everything was and especially on the food! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Flowers, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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A'Keria
Wedding:
6/3/2016
5.0/5.0
Beyond our expectations. Service was awesome and the food was amazing. Our guest are still talking about the food!!
Beyond our expectations. Service was awesome and the food was amazing. Our guest are still talking about the food!!
Beyond our expectations. Service was awesome and the food was amazing. Our guest are still talking about the food!! Read less
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Catherine
Wedding:
5/14/2016
5.0/5.0
The William Penn Inn is such a beautiful and accommodating venue! Monica, Kate, and Robin were such wonderful women to work with! Monica was our wedding coordinator and she was fantastic. She was very supportive, precise, and a quick responder to all of my "panicky bridal emails." She definitely put my mind at ease! Kate provided flowers more beautiful than we could have imagined! She was also very understanding and quick with replies. It was so helpful having the florist and bakery all in one place! It definitely made coordinating these details much easier. Robin was our day-of coordinator. She helped ensure that our day went off without a hitch! (I didn't think this was possible!) The wait staff was friendly and efficient, the prices were pretty reasonable given the high quality, the cake was DELICIOUS, the outdoor and indoor portions of the day were beautiful, and the food was top notch! We can't say enough kind words. Thank you!!
The William Penn Inn is such a beautiful and accommodating venue! Monica, Kate, and Robin were such wonderful women to Read more...
The William Penn Inn is such a beautiful and accommodating venue! Monica, Kate, and Robin were such wonderful women to work with! Monica was our wedding coordinator and she was fantastic. She was very supportive, precise, and a quick responder to all of my "panicky bridal emails." She definitely put my mind at ease! Kate provided flowers more beautiful than we could have imagined! She was also very understanding and quick with replies. It was so helpful having the florist and bakery all in one place! It definitely made coordinating these details much easier. Robin was our day-of coordinator. She helped ensure that our day went off without a hitch! (I didn't think this was possible!) The wait staff was friendly and efficient, the prices were pretty reasonable given the high quality, the cake was DELICIOUS, the outdoor and indoor portions of the day were beautiful, and the food was top notch! We can't say enough kind words. Thank you!! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue

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Route 202 & Sumneytown Pike, P.O. Box 6, Gwynedd, PA 19436 See On Map
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