Historic Trappe’s mission is to make the story of the people, places, and events that shaped the Trappe area accessible within the broader context of state and national history. We collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret artifacts that chronicle the Trappe area’s rich and diverse heritage.
We have three historic properties open for tours. Our Center for Pennsylvania German Studies, located in the Dewees Tavern, has five exhibition galleries featuring a wide variety of furniture, fraktur, textiles, and other objects as well as a research library and archives. The Henry Muhlenberg House is a fully-furnished museum interpreting the families of Lutheran pastor Henry Muhlenberg and his son General Peter Muhlenberg. The Speaker’s House, home of Frederick Muhlenberg, is an ongoing restoration project and the site of our Pennsylvania German kitchen garden. Historic Trappe is also the owner of the Muhlenberg parsonage, built in 1745 and currently undergoing architectural investigations in preparation for restoration.
Events at Historic Trappe
Party for Preservation Gala
Sunday, April 14, 5 to 9 pm
This special evening at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve in Phoenixville begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a seated dinner and presentation of the Speaker’s Choice award. Bid on unique experiences and works of art by local craftspeople in the silent auction.
All proceeds from this event will directly support restoration projects at Historic Trappe’s four historic sites: the Speaker’s House (home of Frederick Muhlenberg), Muhlenberg House, Dewees Tavern, and the Muhlenberg Parsonage.
David Ellinger Exhibition
Immerse yourself in the world of local folk artist David Ellinger, who helped popular Pennsylvania German culture in the mid-20th century. Our special exhibition Native Son: The Life and Art of David Ellinger includes several wintry landscape paintings of nearby farmsteads.
Included with admission
Please consider making a generous donation to ensure our restoration progress. Thank you for your support!