Think you know everything about William Penn? Test yourself or your friends with the questions below:
1. True or False? Pennsylvania is named for founder William Penn.
False. Pennsylvania is named for William Penn's father, Admiral Sir William Penn. The younger Penn originally called the colony New Wales, but the name was changed by King Charles II to Pennsylvania to honor the Admiral. William Penn's Quaker faith, which teaches of piousness and humility, would not allow him to name the colony after himself. Information on William Penn and other famous Bucks County residents can be found on our Famous Face page:
2. For who or what was Bucks County named?
Bucks County takes its name from Buckinghamshire, England, William Penn's home county in England. Penn named many of Bucks County's locations after those in Buckinghamshire, including Buckingham, Chalfont, Solebury and Wycombe. More information on Bucks County's towns can be found on our Towns and Main Streets page:
3. In what year was Pennsbury Manor opened as a tourist destination?
Pennsbury Manor opened to the public in 1939 and will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2014. The Manor is a reconstruction of William Penn's original home from the late 17th century, built upon the original foundation of the house. Other out-buildings on the property include a visitor center, blacksmith shop, stables, boat house, joyner shop, worker's cottage and kitchen house. More information on the 75th anniversary of Pennsbury Manor and other major milestones and events in 2014 is available in our "14 Reasons to Visit Bucks County in 2014" article.