Our Mission

The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County is a diverse group of individuals united in a quest to acquire, preserve, and maintain historically and architecturally significant properties in Berks County, Pennsylvania.  The Trust seeks to foster community involvement and support in promoting awareness and appreciation for the role these sites played in our American history.

The Trust currently owns and maintains eight historically significant buildings in the greater Reading/Berks County, PA area.

Our Hours

Buildings in Morlatton Village in Douglassville are open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am-12pm April-October. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, volunteer archaeologists are on-site at the Mouns Jones House and can provide tours of this building, as well as others in the Village. We also schedule tours of any of our buildings by appointment and offer special events throughout the year at our various properties.

Important Notice: Due to Covid19, all public events, programs, open houses, and building rentals are suspended until further notice. The grounds of Morlatton Village remain open for self-guided tours, and we will continue to offer guided tours of Morlatton Village and the archaeology site by appointment. 

Historic Properties

Morlatton Village, found just off the banks of the Schuylkill River, consists of five historically and architecturally significant buildings: the Covered Bridge Keeper’s House, the Douglassville Covered Bridge, the George Douglass Mansion, The White Horse Tavern, and the Mouns Jones House.

The Mouns Jones House is the oldest standing structure in Berks County, dating back to 1716.

Morlatton Village, located in Douglassville, PA, presents a great opportunity for a day out.  A picnic in the field, a bike ride down the Thun Trail, or a day out taking photographs of historically significant architecture are just some of the ways you could spend a day at Morlatton Village.

The Hottenstein House, Johan DeTurk Cabin, and Jacob Keim Farmstead, located in Kutztown, Oley, and Pike Township, PA, respectively, round out the Trust’s portfolio of historically significant properties.  Tours are available by appointment.  Please contact the Trust for information.

An all volunteer organization, the Trust also hosts events such as the Mouns Jones Country Fair & Harvest Festival, the annual Christmas Tea, and various other luncheons, outings, and gatherings.

Additionally, for a small donation to the Trust, our buildings and grounds can be used for your group events or gatherings such as camping trips, scout trips, birthday parties, weddings, or anniversaries.  For more information about using a Trust property for your event, please contact us for more information.

The Trust is always looking for new members.  If you are interested in becoming a member, volunteering, or donating, feel free to contact the Trust today.