Trappe, Pennsylvania, is celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2017. The festivities kicked off with a special celebration on Saturday, January 28, 2017.
The Borough was settled in 1717 and formally incorporated in 1896. The Borough is home to the oldest unchanged Lutheran Church building in continuous use in the United States, The Augustus Lutheran Church, as well as the homestead of Frederick Muhlenberg, signer of the Bill of Rights and first Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
Local historical attractions include:
Dewees Tavern: Originally built between 1740 and 1750, has served as a tavern, court, polling place, and stage coach stop. Now it grandly serves as the home of the Historical Society and interprets the history of Trappe, Collegeville, and the Perkiomen Valley. Inside you will find artifacts from archaeological excavations, a collection of locally woven coverlets and household items from the common to the unexpected.
The Muhlenberg House: Archaeologists found that a redware kiln had been on the property prior to the house being built about 1755. The kiln, one of the earliest known in this country, likely dates to around 1720. The house, originally built by John Schrack, has been faithfully restored to it’s 1756 appearance. It is furnished to reflect the period of 1777 – 1786 when it was occupied by it’s most famous resident, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg.
Today, Trappe Borough is home to over 3,500 people, according to the most recent Census. While primarily a bedroom community, Trappe possesses modest agricultural, industrial, and commercial uses. The Borough’s main thoroughfare, West Main Street, boasts many retail and specialty shops which are reminiscent of the quaint country villages that once dotted the Pennsylvania landscape.
The historical society is currently coordinating preparations for the 2017 Trappe 300 Celebration. For more information regarding the Trappe 300 Celebration and how you can volunteer please click here.