Events

Upcoming Events

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Exclusive Sale of Redware by Susan Campbell

Saturday, May 18, 11 am to 3 pm
Sunday, May 19, 12 to 4 pm


Saturday, May 25, 11 am to 3 pm
Sunday, May 26, 12 to 4 pm

Recently, a collection of redware made by the late renowned potter Susan Campbell has resurfaced after almost 25 years.
Working out of her studio in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, known as "Heart of Gold," Campbell made intricate combware, slipware, and sgraffito pieces along with unique figures and vessels. Her work was traditional, in the style of the Pennsylvania Germans.
Historic Trappe is delighted to host an exclusive sale of almost 200 items, allowing more people to enjoy her beautiful work.

The collection will be available for a limited time at the Muhlenberg House gift shop, 201 W. Main Street, Trappe, PA 19426.

Parking is across the street at St. Luke's UCC, 200 W. Main Street.

Plant Sale

Plant Sale

Saturday, May 25, 8 am to 2 pm

Attention all gardeners—mark your calendar for our annual Plant Sale.

We have 25 types of plants for you to choose from including traditional and heirloom herbs, perennials, natives, and flowering plants. Most will come in 4-to-6-inch pots, but we also have larger and more established plants available. We're selling the extras to make room for new ones, so grab them while you can.

You'll find Alpine strawberries, chives, feverfew, yarrow, mints, and other herbs at our sale, just to name a few. Plants include black-eyed Susan, toad lilies, hosta, Solomon's seal, hellebores, liatris, and soapwort. We will also have some extra gooseberry plants for sale. We grow all of our plants without pesticides.

Tours of the Speaker’s House will also be available during the plant sale.

Held at the Speaker’s House, 151 W. Main Street, Trappe, PA 19426.

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Lisa Minardi, "Native Son: The Life and Art of David Ellinger"

Tuesday, May 21, 7 to 8 pm

You won't want to miss this talk! Learn about the life and art of David Ellinger, who grew up in Trappe and became a self-taught folk artist who helped popularize Pennsylvania German folk art in the mid-20th century. Ellinger was also an antiques dealer — selling to collectors such as Dr. Albert C. Barnes of the Barnes Foundation— and regularly performed in drag at the nearby Spring City Hotel. This talk will shed new light on Ellinger, whose work is featured in our current special exhibition at the Dewees Tavern. 

Held at St. Luke's UCC, 200 W. Main Street, Trappe, PA 19426.

FREE

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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!

FREE

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Dinner on Main

Sunday, July 14, 5 to 8 pm

Celebrate Historic Trappe at a unique community dinner held in the middle of Main Street! Enjoy a variety of delicious foods provided by local restaurants.

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Tavern Night

Thursday, September 26, 5 to 8 pm

Join us for a lively evening at the Dewees Tavern with a German-themed buffet dinner, dessert, wine, hard cider, and craft beer.

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Annual Meeting

Sunday, November 17, 2 to 4 pm

Celebrate our dedicated volunteers at a reception followed by the annual meeting. Held at Augustus Lutheran Church, 717 W. Main Street, Trappe, PA 19426.

FREE

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Trappe Tree Lighting

Wednesday, December 4, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Join us for a festive, family friendly evening including a community sing-a-long, visit from Santa, cookies and hot cocoa, and the annual Trappe Tree Lighting!

Held at the Speaker's House, 151 W. Main Street, Trappe, PA 19426.

FREE

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Candlelight Tours at the Muhlenberg House

Saturday, December 7
Sunday, December 8

Savor the sights, sounds, and smells of a Pennsylvania German Christmas as you travel back in time at the Muhlenberg House for a candlelight tour.

Interpreters in authentic period clothing will share stories from the Muhlenberg family in each room. Chat with Pastor Muhlenberg in his office and then step into the dining room, where a festive meal awaits.

Parking is across the street at St. Luke's UCC, 200 W. Main Street.

Past Events

Hiester House

Tours of the Daniel Hiester House near Sumneytown

Saturday, May 4, by timed ticket only. No walk-ins!

Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the Daniel Hiester House, built in 1757 in Upper Salford Township, Montgomery County. Retaining nearly all of its original details, including five fireplaces, built-in cupboards and closets, elaborate wrought iron hardware, and much more, the Hiester House is one of the finest and most intact examples of Pennsylvania German architecture. All proceeds from this tour will benefit Historic Trappe.

The 10 am, noon, and 2 pm tours are $50/person. The 4:30 pm tour is $75/person and includes drinks and appetizers.

Address and parking instructions will be emailed to ticket holders prior to the event.

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Don Fennimore, "As Good A Clock As Was Ever Made: The Clocks of David Rittenhouse"

Tuesday, April 23, 7 to 8 pm

Join Don Fennimore, curator emeritus at Winterthur Museum, for a presentation on David Rittenhouse’s life, scientific accomplishments and legacy, with an emphasis on the clocks he made. Get your copy of Don's latest book, David Rittenhouse: Philosopher-Mechanick of Colonial Philadelphia and His Famous Clocks. Plus, enjoy a very special pop-up display of several Rittenhouse clock movements and surveying instruments! This lecture is co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Montgomery County.

Held at St. Luke's UCC, 200 W. Main Street, Trappe, PA 19426.

FREE

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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.

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Meet Ann King, Tufts & Tassels

Saturday, April 6, 10 am to 4 pm

Experience hands-on-history with Ann King and help to tuft our Naked Bed mattress. Try your hand at making a simple tassel, too! Learn all about the 18th century upholstery trade and try your hand at tufting a mattress with Carol Spacht, an experienced maker of 18th century handsewn furnishings.

This workshop is part of the Naked Bed Project, an initiative to transform a "naked bed" into a fully dressed bed in the Muhlenberg House museum. The bed is being interpreted to the year 1787, when Peter and Hannah Muhlenberg purchased the house from Peter's elderly parents and began a series of updates. The end result will be an authentic bed that would have been highly fashionable in 1787 and appropriate for an affluent household located in the Philadelphia area.

The Naked Bed Project is supported by the Dietrich American Foundation. Advance registration is not required.

Held at the Muhlenberg House, 201 W. Main Street, Trappe, PA 19426

FREE WITH MUSEUM ADMISSION

Hiester House

Lisa Minardi, "A Labor of Love: Restoring the Daniel Hiester House"

Tuesday, March 12, 7 to 8 pm

Hear from our executive director about her six-year journey to restore the Daniel Hiester House, built in 1757 in Upper Salford Township, Montgomery County. Retaining nearly all of its original details, including five fireplaces, built-in cupboards and closets, elaborate wrought iron hardware, and much more, the Hiester House is one of the finest and most intact examples of Pennsylvania German architecture. You’ll also have the exclusive opportunity to be among the first to sign up for a guided tour of the Hiester House on May 4—spots are limited and will sell out fast! All proceeds benefit Historic Trappe's restoration projects.

Held at St. Luke's UCC, 200 W. Main Street, Trappe, PA 19426.

FREE

Egg decorating

Pennsylvania German Egg Decorating Workshop

Saturday, March 2, 10 am to 4 pm

We are offering a hands-on workshop to make your own scratch-decorated Easter eggs. Explore the history of this tradition and then decorate your own egg using historic examples as inspiration. We will supply pre-dyed eggs and all necessary tools. 

Held at  Dewees Tavern, 301 W. Main Street, Trappe, PA 19426

$20.00 FOR MEMBERS, $25.00 FOR NON MEMBERS INCLUDES TWO EGGS

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Jeff Finegan, "Colonel Washington and Me: The Lives of George Washington and William Lee"

Tuesday, February 20, 7 to 8 pm

In 1768, George Washington purchased a young man who had been born into slavery. Washington was a slave owner since age eleven. What develops is one of the more extraordinary relationships in American history. While most biographies on the first president mention the bond between George Washington and William Lee, Colonel Washington and Me is the first book dedicated solely to this story. Author Jeff Finegan will take us on a journey through history as both men search for freedom on their incredible journey together. Read more about Jeff and his other books here: www.iknewgeorgewashington.com

Held at St. Luke's UCC, 200 W. Main Street, Trappe, PA 19426.

FREE