History of Mount Hope Estate and Winery, Manheim PA
The Mount Hope Estate and Winery is located off Route 72 just south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Home of the well known Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, its scenic grounds were once home to five generations of the Grubb family.
Peter Grubb established an iron furnace in 1784. His son, Henry Bates Grubb, built the original Federal style mansion in 1800. The estate's name was inspired by nearby Hopewell. Daisy Elizabeth Grubb enlarged and remodeled the mansion in 1895, giving it its present Victorian look. She was the last of the Grubb family to live in the mansion. After Daisy Grubb's death in 1936, Mount Hope was subdivided and sold out of the family. 35 acres remain in the present estate.
Mount Hope today is a pleasant day trip for central Pennsylvania. Tours can be taken through the grounds, and in the fall many events are planned around the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Wine and cheese tastings, the wine shop, and concerts are scheduled in the warmer months.
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