List of the oldest buildings in Pennsylvania

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This article attempts to list the oldest extant buildings surviving in the state of Pennsylvania in the United States of America, including the oldest houses in Pennsylvania and any other surviving structures. Some dates are approximate and based upon dendochronology, architectural studies, and historical records. Sites on the list are generally from the First Period of American architecture or earlier. To be listed here a site must:

Lower Swedish CabinLowerSwedishCabin.JPGDrexel Hill1640-1650HousePossibly oldest log cabin or wooden house in Pennsylvania
Wall HouseWall house front.JPGElkins Park1682HouseOldest house in Pennsylvania which has had continuous family residency, possibly the oldest stone house in Pennsylvania with part of the house dating to 1682
Caleb Pusey HouseACalebPuseyHouse.JPGUpland1683HouseOldest English-built house in Pennsylvania. Only extant building known to have been visited by William Penn. Completed
Sign of the Bird in HandSign of the Bird in HandNewtown1686TavernOriginally a residence, then tavern with other uses. Oldest frame house still standing in Pennsylvania. Famous as the site of the 1778 Newtown Skirmish during which Loyalists killed 5 and captured 16 to acquire cloth being manufactured for use by Washington's troops at Valley Forge. Now a private residence.
Farmar MillMathersMillPA.JPGWhitemarsh1683-1696MillOldest surviving mill in Pennsylvania. Also known as Mather's Mill.
Wyck HouseWyck House, Philadelphia, HABS PA-7-3-5.jpgGermantown, Philadelphia1690HouseOldest house in Philadelphia
Merion Friends Meeting HouseMerion Friends Meeting House, 615 Montgomery Avenue (changed from Montgomery Avenue & Meetinghouse Lane), Merion Station (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania).jpgMerion Station1695ReligiousOne of the oldest Quaker meeting houses in America
Thomas Massey HouseMasseyHouse.JPGBroomall1696, later additionsHouseOne of the oldest "English" houses in Pennsylvania, one of the oldest Quaker homes in the state
Morton HomesteadMortonsenCabin.JPGProspect Parkc. 1698, later additionsHouseFarm founded in 1654
Edward Morgan Log HouseMorgan Log House.jpgTowamencin1700HouseHome to the maternal grandfather of Daniel Boone
Gloria Dei
(Old Swedes' Church)
Gloria Dei Church.jpgPhiladelphia1700ReligiousOldest surviving church in Philadelphia
Old Trinity ChurchTrinity Church Philly HABS.jpgOxford Circle, Philadelphia1711ReligiousChurch of England services first held on this site in 1698 in a log meeting house that had belonged to the Oxford Society of Friends.
Newtown Square Friends Meeting HouseNewtown Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania1711ReligiousEarly Welsh Quaker settlers in one of William Penn's two planned "new towns" built this meeting house in 1711.
StentonStenton-mansion.pngGermantown1723HouseHome of James Logan, secretary of William Penn
Old Chester Courthouse1724 Chester Courhouse.JPGChester1724GovernmentThis is the oldest public building in continuous use in the United States. Served as a courthouse from 1724 until 1851, town hall until the 1960s. Now used for miscellaneous city, county and civic functions.[1]
Michael Billmeyer HouseMicheal Billmeyer 6505 Germantown.JPGGermantown1730House
Quaker Mill HouseColonial Pennsylvania Brownstone.jpgEtters1731HouseOne of the oldest houses in Central Pennsylvania
Ephrata Cloister2003.09.20 42 Ephrata Cloister Pennsylvania.jpgEphrata1732ReligiousEstablished in 1732 by Johann Conrad Beissel, it is one of the oldest religious communities in the United States. It had the second German printing press in the American colonies which published the largest book in Colonial America, Martyrs Mirror.
Shelter HouseShelter House Emmaus PA 2.JPGEmmaus1730'sHouseLongest site of continuous habitation in the Lehigh Valley area
Augustus Lutheran ChurchAugustus Lutheran Church, 717 West Main Street, Trappe (Montgomery County, Pennsylvaina).jpgTrappe1743ReligiousOldest unchanged Lutheran church building in the United States in continuous use by the same congregation.[2][3]
GrumblethorpeGrumblethorpe Front.JPGGermantown1744House
Belmont Mansion (Philadelphia)WTP A11 Techserv 1.jpgPhiladelphia1745House
Germantown White House28-5442GTA-DeshlerMorris.jpgGermantown1752HouseTwice served as temporary residence of George Washington during his presidency.
Old Germantown Academy and Headmasters' HousesGermantown Academy HABS.jpegGermantown1760School
Cliveden (Benjamin Chew House)Cliveden Mansion, Philadelphia, HABS PA-1184-88.jpgGermantown1763HouseScene of fighting at the Battle of Germantown
Fort Pitt BlockhouseBouquet blockhouse.JPGPittsburgh1764DefenseOldest structure in Pittsburgh and one of the oldest colonial structures west of the Allegheny Mountains
Harris Cameron MansionJohn Harris-Simon Cameron House Nov 10.JPGHarrisburg1766HouseOne of the oldest structures in Harrisburg built right after the French and Indian War.
Concord School House (Philadelphia)42-ConcordSchool.jpgGermantown1775School
The Headhouse at New MarketWTP C14 AMP 1.jpgPhiladelphia1804FirehouseOldest firehouse in the United States
Dickson TavernThe Dickson Tavern.JPGErie1815CommercialOldest building in Erie
Academy HallAcademy Hall, Edinboro University.jpgEdinboro University1857EducationalOldest normal school building in Pennsylvania
Sturgis Pretzel HouseSturgis Pretzel House Dec 09.jpgLititz1861CommercialOldest commercial pretzel bakery in the United States[4]
Leap-The-DipsLeap The Dips (Lakemont Park).jpgAltoona1902EntertainmentOldest wooden roller coaster in the United States

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  1. ^ 1724 Court House, Chester, PA
  2. ^ "Augustus Lutheran Church". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ Accessed July 27, 2007