Erwin Stover Programs

The Erwin Stover House is open for tours from 12-4 every weekend from May through October. Visitors will have a chance to learn about the house and grounds, its furnishings and the people who lived and worked on the land. In addition to its regular open hours the house is home to a variety of additional community events, some annual and others regularly scheduled throughout the season, each designed to share aspects of daily life throughout the region in history.

Outdoor Pastimes

The Erwin Stover House will highlighting historic outdoor pastimes programming throughout the season, beginning with our opening weekend the first Weekend in May.  Throughout the year visitors will have chances to cheer on an 1860s style Baseball Game,  dance around the maypole, play croquette or shuttle cock, or race hoops across the lawn.

1938 photo of the Ottsville Baseball team

1934 Ottsville Baseball Team

Historical Demonstrations

Throughout the year, historians will offer hands-on demonstrations on how people lived, worked and played throughout history. Topics will vary from textiles to gardening, food preservation and preparation to outdoor pastimes. Time: 1-4pm on  Sunday, June 19, and the following Saturdays: August 20, October 22, and December 3.

Rolling dough for gingerbread cookies during historical demonstration

Rolling Dough

The Tinicum Players

The Tinicum players are a volunteer acting troop that was formed in 2021 to develop immersive theatrical experiences for visitors to the Erwin Stover House. Using historical documents as a resource, they recreate the life and traditions of the people who lived in Tinicum Township. Watch for our Tinicum Players programs the second Thursday evening of the month June through September.

Joe Vlossak, one of the Tinicum Players

Actors from the Tinicum Players

Erwinna Fall Festival

The first annual Erwinna Fall Festival was held in November of 2021. It is based on a story written by local author Joyce Gilmour called the Erwinna Witches. Through its delightful whimsy the festival recreates the historic village of Erwinna for young visitors to appreciate through a activities such as an obstacle course and scavenger hunts.

St. Nicholas Day Celebration

The St. Nicholas Day annual event is held on the first Saturday in December. Visitors have a chance to immerse themselves in the traditional Victorian era holiday of Bucks County's early German Settlers. For the Stover Family the Holiday began early in December on St. Nicholas Day. How was the house decorated? What did people wear? What was their favorite tasty treat? Learn the history of the gingerbread cookie and see how they were made. Listen to traditional stories of St. Nicholas. Make an old world paper flower ornament. Or join the Stovers in a round of Christmas Carols.

Photo of Erwinna Fall Festival

Fall Festival

Photo of the St. Nicholas Day Celebration with the Stovers

Reenactment of St. Nicholas Day at the Stover House