First, on Friday night, I had the chance to entertain at the William Penn Inn.
The history of the William Penn Inn stretches back to the origins of country hospitality in Penn’s Woods, the colony founded by William Penn. In the 1700’s, William Penn and his 22-year-old daughter, Letitia, rode up from Philadelphia to visit and worship with Gwynedd Friends (Quakers). A public house was established on that site in 1714 to provide hearty food, refreshing drink and comfortable lodging, which made travel possible between Penn’s “greene country towne” of Philadelphia and the many smaller towns scattered north and west of the city.
The William Penn Inn sits on part of a 1,034 acre tract patented to Robert Evans, who is thought to be the brother of Thomas Evans, a man who owned a log cabin along the Native Americans’ well-traveled Maxatawny Trail (later known as Sumneytown Pike), near the Gwynedd Friends’ meetinghouse.
After the land was passed down through the Evans family and later sold, David Acuff secured a license in 1827 to operate the inn as a tavern, appointing it the “William Penn Hotel” to pay homage to the historic visitor and founder of Pennsylvania.
Although new forms of travel helped make the old public house unnecessary, the William Penn Inn was one of the few area hostels to remain active. In 1900, Algernon “Jerry” Yothers leased the inn from the Acuff estate and implemented extensive renovations. He built stables that boasted “pure artisan well water and electric lights,” according to the newspapers of the time. He also built a third story and added a two-story porch, dramatically changing the face of the tavern.
In 1920, Nicholas deWilde bought the inn and reopened it with a gala celebration. Drawing from his experience traveling abroad, deWilde based the foundation for his new restaurant on his passion for the service and surroundings offered in London’s gentlemen’s clubs. It was deWilde who collected and framed many of the old photos and mementos that are still displayed at the William Penn Inn today.
The Kubach family took over the inn in 1977 and later sold it to Peter R. Friedrich, who has been the proud owner since 1981. With his European training and background, Friedrich brought the renowned landmark into the 21st Century as the oldest continually-operated country inn in Pennsylvania.
Today and Every DayWe remain dedicated to our tradition of hospitality, offering superlative food, service and lodging in a relaxed, cordial setting. We invite you to wander through our historic venue and experience the rich history and hospitality that has been our hallmark for 300 years.
Second, on Saturday afternoon, I had a chance to entertain at Spring Mill Country Club.
Spring Mill Athletic Club & Swim Club provides our members with state of the art fitness equipment and classes along with the Olympic size outdoor pool.
Full golf memberships as well as social memberships are available on a limited basis. Richard W. Buthe, CCM, CEC, General Manager, would be happy to arrange your personal tour and membership options that are available.
Spring Mill Country Club is the perfect place to host your corporate and organizational golf outings. We will do everything possible to make your players' experience second to none.
Packages and pricing are available by contacting the Banquet Sales Department.
The open to the public restaurant The Garden Terrace is open Tuesday through Sunday for Lunch & Dinner and Sunday Brunch. The Garden Terrace also features Early Bird Dinners Tuesday through Friday from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Every Wednesday Night is Prime Rib Night and every Tuesday Night is Crab Leg Night. Other special featured dinners occur throughout the year.
Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and other special events can be hosted in the private Ballroom of Spring Mill Country Club. This year we will unveil our new Outdoor Gazebo Wedding Ceremony Garden. Customized packages and menus as well as personal tours can be arranged through the Banquet Sales Department.
Spring Mill Country Club, located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is a private club that has an 18-hole championship golf course along with a magnificent clubhouse and a separate banquet facility.
In addition to these amenities, Spring Mill also has an athletic club, swimming pool, an 18-hole pitch and putt course, lighted practice range, and mini-golf. Originally, the Spring Mill property was named Heuscher Farm, a “truck farm” that grew vegetables. This prime location of 186 acres was purchased by a group of people that were members of Whitemarsh CC in Pennsylvania and members of Laurel Oaks CC in New Jersey.
In 1968, the stockholders proudly opened their public golf course and named it Bryn Llawen GC. In addition to the championship golf course, the 18-hole pitch and putt course, practice range, and mini-golf were opened as well. During this time, Mr. and Mrs. Hap Carr, long time Montgomery County residents, became business partners. In 1972, Hap Carr became president and he renamed the golf course High Point GC because the 16th tee was the highest point of elevation in Bucks County.
High Point GC and the entire property were sold to Peter DePaul in 1986, who is still the owner today. He changed the name to Spring Mill and the club became a private facility as it is now. Today the golf course has undergone many changes since the DePaul family has been managing Spring Mill Country Club. Cart paths from tee to green now wind their way through the golf course, five ponds with fountains in the middle have been added, beautiful plant life and colorful flowers enhance the landscaping that surrounds the tees and greens, and over 600 planted blossoming trees provide definition to the once wide open golf course.
Spring Mill is a par 72 course and is known for its long length from the Championship back tees, which measure 7320 yards. The Blue tees measure a comfortable 6626 yards, White tees 6289 yards, and the Red tees 5589 yards.
Spring Mill has hosted many golf championships over the years. The Sandiego Open originally was scheduled here. In 1994, the Trenton District held its J. Willard Hoffman Amateur Match Play Championship at Spring Mill. In addition, the Golf Association of Philadelphia has seen several of its events played over the beautiful landscaped golf course of Spring Mill Country Club.
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