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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)

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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.



Our commitment to your complete experience ensures that we fulfill our mission statement: "A Satisfied Guest is our Top Priority" Read less

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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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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Monica and Kelly were amazing! Our wedding was over the weekend and the staff went above and beyond to make it absolutely flawless! I encourage anyone looking for a wedding venue to choose William Penn Inn. The venue is gorgeous and they include some much in the wedding package.
Monica and Kelly were amazing! Our wedding was over the weekend and the staff went above and beyond to make it absolutely Read more...
Monica and Kelly were amazing! Our wedding was over the weekend and the staff went above and beyond to make it absolutely flawless! I encourage anyone looking for a wedding venue to choose William Penn Inn. The venue is gorgeous and they include some much in the wedding package. Read less
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Regina
Wedding:
3/13/2015
5.0/5.0
This was my first wedding at the age of 45 and of course I had no idea what to expect. I had looked at many venues,but the moment I walked in to The William Penn Inn it felt right. Monica the banquet manager made me feel right at home and was cordial,polite and answered every question I could possibly think of. The package was very reasonable and I think I was offered a lot for the price. Any time I had a question I just sent an email and was replied back immediately. The night of my wedding I was treated like a queen,I was waited on hand and foot,the whole experience was absolutely amazing. I would recommend this venue to anyone.
This was my first wedding at the age of 45 and of course I had no idea what to expect. I had looked at many venues,but the Read more...
This was my first wedding at the age of 45 and of course I had no idea what to expect. I had looked at many venues,but the moment I walked in to The William Penn Inn it felt right. Monica the banquet manager made me feel right at home and was cordial,polite and answered every question I could possibly think of. The package was very reasonable and I think I was offered a lot for the price. Any time I had a question I just sent an email and was replied back immediately. The night of my wedding I was treated like a queen,I was waited on hand and foot,the whole experience was absolutely amazing. I would recommend this venue to anyone. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My daughter's wedding at the William Penn Inn was wonderful. Monica made all our dreams come true in the easiest way possible. Every detail that we planned was perfectly executed by the staff. The venue was magical, the food was amazing, and the service was outstandlng. We felt pampered all evening. The flower arrangements were beautiful, as were the bridal party flowers. Our guests are still raving about the cake. The private bridal room was very convenient, and the cocktail room doors were even opened early to accommodate early guests.
As the mother of the bride I was truly able to relax and enjoy the evening as the staff smoothly guided the events of the evening. Thank you so much to everyone at the William Penn Inn for making our wedding such a great success and a fantastic night to remember.
My daughter's wedding at the William Penn Inn was wonderful. Monica made all our dreams come true in the easiest way Read more...
My daughter's wedding at the William Penn Inn was wonderful. Monica made all our dreams come true in the easiest way possible. Every detail that we planned was perfectly executed by the staff. The venue was magical, the food was amazing, and the service was outstandlng. We felt pampered all evening. The flower arrangements were beautiful, as were the bridal party flowers. Our guests are still raving about the cake. The private bridal room was very convenient, and the cocktail room doors were even opened early to accommodate early guests.
As the mother of the bride I was truly able to relax and enjoy the evening as the staff smoothly guided the events of the evening. Thank you so much to everyone at the William Penn Inn for making our wedding such a great success and a fantastic night to remember. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Maureen
Wedding:
3/7/2015
5.0/5.0
Monica Ganter and the entire staff of the William Penn Inn helped make our wedding reception beyond fantastic. We couldn't be happier with how our wedding turned out! Monica helped us customize the decor and layout of the room to our taste, and she worked with us to make our vision into reality. The staff at the Inn were so professional, kind, and attentive. From the servers to the bartenders to Sue, the event manager, we felt well taken care of the entire reception. At no point did I or the groom have to worry about a single detail; we simply were able to enjoy our wedding day in the company of all our family and friends! When the biggest snowstorm of the winter (THOR!) hit two days before our wedding, Monica and the William Penn didn't miss a beat. The parking lot was cleared, we could drop off our decorations, everything was taken care of. Our cocktail hour was in the Surrey ballroom and our reception took place in the beautiful Carriage ballroom. Our guests raved about the food, the service, and spent most of the night on the dance floor! The bakery replicated a photo of a cake for us to the smallest detail and it was delicious! We can't thank Monica, Sue, and everyone at the William Penn Inn enough for making our wedding perfect.

- Maureen and Jeff Keyes
Monica Ganter and the entire staff of the William Penn Inn helped make our wedding reception beyond fantastic. We couldn't Read more...
Monica Ganter and the entire staff of the William Penn Inn helped make our wedding reception beyond fantastic. We couldn't be happier with how our wedding turned out! Monica helped us customize the decor and layout of the room to our taste, and she worked with us to make our vision into reality. The staff at the Inn were so professional, kind, and attentive. From the servers to the bartenders to Sue, the event manager, we felt well taken care of the entire reception. At no point did I or the groom have to worry about a single detail; we simply were able to enjoy our wedding day in the company of all our family and friends! When the biggest snowstorm of the winter (THOR!) hit two days before our wedding, Monica and the William Penn didn't miss a beat. The parking lot was cleared, we could drop off our decorations, everything was taken care of. Our cocktail hour was in the Surrey ballroom and our reception took place in the beautiful Carriage ballroom. Our guests raved about the food, the service, and spent most of the night on the dance floor! The bakery replicated a photo of a cake for us to the smallest detail and it was delicious! We can't thank Monica, Sue, and everyone at the William Penn Inn enough for making our wedding perfect.

- Maureen and Jeff Keyes Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
3/1/2015
5.0/5.0
We booked William Penn Inn for our wedding ceremony and reception, and were blown away by the service, organization, and delicious food! The Inn and the grounds are beautiful, and so was the decor. We also used the on-site florist, who was fantastic. Our coordinator worked wonders planning and making sure everything went smoothly, and we definitely recommend them for your wedding!
We booked William Penn Inn for our wedding ceremony and reception, and were blown away by the service, organization, and Read more...
We booked William Penn Inn for our wedding ceremony and reception, and were blown away by the service, organization, and delicious food! The Inn and the grounds are beautiful, and so was the decor. We also used the on-site florist, who was fantastic. Our coordinator worked wonders planning and making sure everything went smoothly, and we definitely recommend them for your wedding! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
1/23/2015
5.0/5.0
I had an intimate wedding ceremony and reception at William Penn Inn. Colleen was wonderful in helping us plan our event in only 4 weeks. I loved the venue and the food. All of our guest were raving about the flowers and service they received.

Everyone was pleasantly surprised that we were able to organize the event with only 4 weeks notice. It would have been impossible without the help of Colleen and her staff. Kate, florist at WPI, did a fabulous job with decorations. They were absolutely beautiful. My bouquet was gorgeous. I did end up spending double as much as I had budgeted for flowers but I would do it again. I received so many compliments on my bouquet and centerpieces. I would highly recommend WPI.
I had an intimate wedding ceremony and reception at William Penn Inn. Colleen was wonderful in helping us plan our event Read more...
I had an intimate wedding ceremony and reception at William Penn Inn. Colleen was wonderful in helping us plan our event in only 4 weeks. I loved the venue and the food. All of our guest were raving about the flowers and service they received.

Everyone was pleasantly surprised that we were able to organize the event with only 4 weeks notice. It would have been impossible without the help of Colleen and her staff. Kate, florist at WPI, did a fabulous job with decorations. They were absolutely beautiful. My bouquet was gorgeous. I did end up spending double as much as I had budgeted for flowers but I would do it again. I received so many compliments on my bouquet and centerpieces. I would highly recommend WPI. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Private User
Wedding:
1/10/2015
5.0/5.0
The William Penn Inn was absolutely beautiful on my wedding day! Brian was my events manager and he was so patient with me and all my questions. It was an all-inclusive venue so I really didn't have to worry about anything! They did it all! The cake was absolutely beautiful and well made, the food was delicious, and the flowers/decor were gorgeous! I love that they had winter decorations up during January, it made the venue much more dramatic. My guests had a great time and more importantly, my husband and I had a great time!
The William Penn Inn was absolutely beautiful on my wedding day! Brian was my events manager and he was so patient with me Read more...
The William Penn Inn was absolutely beautiful on my wedding day! Brian was my events manager and he was so patient with me and all my questions. It was an all-inclusive venue so I really didn't have to worry about anything! They did it all! The cake was absolutely beautiful and well made, the food was delicious, and the flowers/decor were gorgeous! I love that they had winter decorations up during January, it made the venue much more dramatic. My guests had a great time and more importantly, my husband and I had a great time! Read less
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Maggie
Wedding:
1/3/2015
5.0/5.0
I had my wedding reception at the William Penn Inn this past Saturday (1/3/15) and it was incredible!! They did a fantastic job of embracing all of my very particular details and ideas and brought everything to life exactly how I had envisioned. The room was decorated beautifully for the holidays which accented everything just perfectly, the food was so delicious, and the service was impeccable. I've been hearing from everyone about how beautiful, high-class and FUN it was. Wish I could do it all over again…

Its value is one of the William Penn Inn's best features. The food is reasonably priced, the "basic package" cake/centerpieces are of high quality, and we got a great discount for having our wedding during an off-season month. The staff is excellent too -- I worked with Shelley leading up to the event who was always quick to respond and offer an opinion/recommendation. Kelly was our day-of coordinator and worked her butt off; she was fantastic.

I also had the Inn Flower Shoppe handle my personal flowers after my previously contracted florist closed shop unexpectedly. Kate and her team did a gorgeous job on our unique bouquets and boutonnieres and assisted in making my vision of a pinecone-decorated cake a reality too.

I really can't say enough good things about the place. I grew up in the area and have been to the William Penn Inn plenty of times and even worked banquets there for a winter break in college. They clearly know what they're doing given their longtime success and reputation, but everything still feels personalized, with no room for stress or doubt.
I had my wedding reception at the William Penn Inn this past Saturday (1/3/15) and it was incredible!! They did a Read more...
I had my wedding reception at the William Penn Inn this past Saturday (1/3/15) and it was incredible!! They did a fantastic job of embracing all of my very particular details and ideas and brought everything to life exactly how I had envisioned. The room was decorated beautifully for the holidays which accented everything just perfectly, the food was so delicious, and the service was impeccable. I've been hearing from everyone about how beautiful, high-class and FUN it was. Wish I could do it all over again…

Its value is one of the William Penn Inn's best features. The food is reasonably priced, the "basic package" cake/centerpieces are of high quality, and we got a great discount for having our wedding during an off-season month. The staff is excellent too -- I worked with Shelley leading up to the event who was always quick to respond and offer an opinion/recommendation. Kelly was our day-of coordinator and worked her butt off; she was fantastic.

I also had the Inn Flower Shoppe handle my personal flowers after my previously contracted florist closed shop unexpectedly. Kate and her team did a gorgeous job on our unique bouquets and boutonnieres and assisted in making my vision of a pinecone-decorated cake a reality too.

I really can't say enough good things about the place. I grew up in the area and have been to the William Penn Inn plenty of times and even worked banquets there for a winter break in college. They clearly know what they're doing given their longtime success and reputation, but everything still feels personalized, with no room for stress or doubt. Read less
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Theresa
Wedding:
1/2/2015
5.0/5.0
My fiance and I are going to be married in less than a month and want to share how positive an experience we've had with William Penn Inn in the entire planning process. We booked with them a year before our wedding date. From Day 1, the entire staff has been so professional and timely it is truly refreshing. From someone who is the food business and a background in customer service, they know what they are doing! I met with our coordinator a few weeks ago to review the final contract and it just put me to such ease! We also went with their flower shoppe on site and the coordinator had such lovely suggestions! The bakery on site is also doing our wedding cake. I sent them a few ideas from Pinterest online and they told me they would have no problem making it happen. I have full confidence that they will do a wonderful job on our wedding day. Looking forward to writing another review at that time!
My fiance and I are going to be married in less than a month and want to share how positive an experience we've had with Read more...
My fiance and I are going to be married in less than a month and want to share how positive an experience we've had with William Penn Inn in the entire planning process. We booked with them a year before our wedding date. From Day 1, the entire staff has been so professional and timely it is truly refreshing. From someone who is the food business and a background in customer service, they know what they are doing! I met with our coordinator a few weeks ago to review the final contract and it just put me to such ease! We also went with their flower shoppe on site and the coordinator had such lovely suggestions! The bakery on site is also doing our wedding cake. I sent them a few ideas from Pinterest online and they told me they would have no problem making it happen. I have full confidence that they will do a wonderful job on our wedding day. Looking forward to writing another review at that time! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Flowers, Rehearsal Dinner
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Corinne
Wedding:
12/30/2014
5.0/5.0
I was so impressed with the attention to detail. I did not have to worry about anything. The staff was so accommodating and helpful.
The food was amazing!
I would definitely do this again.
I was so impressed with the attention to detail. I did not have to worry about anything. The staff was so accommodating Read more...
I was so impressed with the attention to detail. I did not have to worry about anything. The staff was so accommodating and helpful.
The food was amazing!
I would definitely do this again. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning, Rehearsal Dinner

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