n 1704, Rowland Ellis, a Welsh Quaker built the present day Harriton House and called it Bryn Mawr, meaning "high hill" in Welsh. In 1719, Maryland tobacco planter Richard Harrison purchased the estate and renamed the house. Charles Thomson, Secretary to the Continental Congresses from 1774 through1789, was Harriton's most famous occupant. Thomson came to Harriton by his marriage to Harrison's daughter Hannah.
Harriton was a large plantation of nearly 700 acres in the 18th century. Today, Harriton House sits on 20 acres of the original estate. The stone structure is the remains of a large stone barn. The barn structure is now an Education and Administrative Center supporting Harriton House. Take a stroll behind the barn structure to visit the horse and sheep that reside on the property. You can enjoy the property daily and Harriton House with its fine collections is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.
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