Springton Manor Farm Great Barn & Farm Tours

Initially part of a William Penn Manor, Springton Manor Farm has been in agricultural use since the early 1700’s. On the 300-acre demonstration farm is the Barn Complex that consists of the Great Barn, sheep shed, goat shed, a roost and equipment shed. You may see horses, a miniature donkey, rabbits, calves, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens and peacocks.

Be sure to visit the Family Farm Museum located within the Great Barn. Journey through the past 250 years of farming in Chester County. See seasonal tools and apparatus used on Chester County farms from the 1700’s to the 1900’s.

The Great Barn was built in 1888 by George E. Bartol, and reflects many of the construction styles of earlier Chester County barns. It stands on the footprint of the earlier barns that supported agricultural production at Springton Manor Farm starting in the early 1700’s.
The Great Barn at Springton Manor Farm
General Visits
Springton Manor Farm is open daily, 8AM to sunset, except December 25th. The barn is open 10AM - 2:30PM daily.

Farmer Jim and staff welcome everyone to visit and stroll through the Barn Complex at no charge. You do not need to be part of a group to visit and tour the park.
Staff-Guided Tours 2015
Tour Season: March 31 - June 4

Times: Tuesday - Thursday, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Tours generally last 45 – 60 minutes.

Price: $3 each for students and guests (chaperones, parents, siblings, etc). Teachers are free. ($30 minimum; even if your tour consists of less than 10, the cost is $30)

Minimum Tour Size: 10
Maximum Tour Size: 25 (includes ALL adults & children)

To Schedule a Staff-Guided Tour:
  • Please complete the Group Tour Request Form to see if your desired date and time is available. Please submit at least six weeks in advance of your preferred date.
  • Once a date and time are confirmed, we will send a Guided Farm Tour Form with tour details to complete and return. Form and payment are expected no later than four weeks prior to your scheduled tour date.
  • After the form is received and payment made in full, you will receive a receipt as confirmation.
Jim with Valley the horse
Self-Guided Tours
Planning a Self-Guided Group Tour?
If you have a group planning to visit without going on a staff-guided tour, we ask that you please call the office at 610-942-2450 to let us know. As visitation to the farm increases in the spring, this will help avoid conflicts with other programs that may be scheduled.
Frequently Asked Questions
  • What forms of payment do you accept?
    Checks made payable to Treasurer of Chester County; cash or credit card in the Park Office. Please do not mail cash. Payments may not be made over the phone.
  • Do teachers/ chaperones pay to participate?
    Fees are charged for students, chaperones, parents, siblings & other guests touring with your group. Teachers are free.
  • What if it rains on the day of my tour?
    Tours are held mostly in sheltered areas, so light rain will not affect them. Heavy rain or thunderstorms may cancel a tour. Park staff will make all attempts to arrange for your group to tour our facility.

A baby goat with its mother
  • Are there playgrounds, places to eat, and restrooms at the park?
    There are no playgrounds. There are a few picnic tables near the lower parking lot and across from the pond. The park does not have vending machines. There are public restrooms available behind the Great Barn.
  • Are additional programs available during our tour?
    Due to staff availability, we cannot provide an additional program during farm tour season. We would be happy to schedule an education program for a later date.
  • What else is there to do at Springton?
    While visiting the park, you may also hike the trails, explore the pond, have a picnic or print out activities to bring with you:

    Scavenger Hunt

    Sightseeing Bingo
    Springton Manor Farm Word Search
    Springton Manor Farm History: Fill in the Blank
    Nature Hike Postcard
    Sensory Hike