Dewees Tavern (1)
Henry Muhlenberg House - Trappe Pennsylvania (1)
The Speakers House - Trappe Pennsylvania (1)

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


Garden Fair & Living History Day

Saturday, June 1, 10 am to 4 pm

Join us for the grand opening of our farm stand for the 2024 season, featuring heirloom vegetables, herbs, and flowers grown in our Pennsylvania German kitchen garden. Learn about historic raised bed gardening practices and tour the Speaker's House to see the latest restoration progress. Enjoy a variety of living history demonstrations by local artisans, who will also be selling their wares including redware pottery, fraktur, and woven tape. Held at The Speaker's House, 151 W. Main Street. Stay tuned for more details!


Ellinger_Tobacco Barn_Gratz Gallery

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

Painting - The Speaker's House by Julie Longacre - 2017

Please consider making a generous donation to ensure our restoration progress. Thank you for your support!