3rd Saturday Programs

Our 3rd Saturday Programs are back! We will be offering these site-wide programs throughout the summer, June-September. Program begins at the White Horse Inn unless otherwise noted. Suggested donation $2/person. All proceeds benefit the Trust. Please note, these programs will all take place outdoors and there will be no restrooms available on-site. We ask that visitors please wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing. They are weather-pending; please check our Facebook page for updates if needed.

 

A Morning in Mistress Douglass’ Garden

June 19, 2021 • 11am

You are invited to join Mistress Mary Piersol Douglass in her garden at the White Horse Tavern for a look at what is growing there this time of year. As mistress of the Douglass House, Mrs. Douglass’ gardens supplied medicines as well as food and flavorings for Mr. Douglass’ properties. Join us as we look for colonial plants that are still used for a variety of purposes today.

 

Gunbuilding in the Eighteenth Century

July 17, 2021 • 11am

Trust volunteer Barrie Miller will present an exciting demonstration and program on colonial America gun making, including Berks, Lancaster, York counties and Shenandoah Valley style rifles. The program will include sample guns and accoutrements and address the progression of the rifle in America. Mr. Miller’s presentation will also include Pennsylvania militia activities, musters, marching to drums, and Revolutionary War highlights presented with period flags. Mr. Miller is a colonial America living historian, reenactor, and skilled gun builder.

 

Keim Farmstead Architectural Walking Tour

August 21, 2021 • 11am

Historian and former Site Administrator of Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, Jim Lewars, will offer an exciting architectural walking tour of the Keim Farmstead. Mr. Lewars will talk about why this site is an excellent example of eighteenth-century German-influenced architecture. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this amazing Berks County National Historic Landmark. This program will take place at the Jacob Keim Farmstead on Boyer Road in Oley.

 

The Eighteenth-Century Grain Economy in Southeast Pennsylvania

September 18, 2021 • 11am

Join longtime Trust volunteer and board member Susan Speros as she discusses how a grist mill works, focusing on the eighteenth-century grain economy in southeastern Pennsylvania. Hear all about various gristmills in the area and learn more about how they operate, and their importance during the colonial period and important role they played during the American Revolution.