3rd Saturday Programs at Morlatton Village

The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County (HPTBC) 3rd Saturday Programs are offered May through October at Morlatton Village and other Trust properties. These site-wide programs include various formats and topics including demonstrations, interactive sessions, and presentations. Tours of Morlatton Village are offered when applicable. Suggested donation $2/person. All proceeds benefit the Trust.

“William Penn and the Swede’s Tract”

May 18, 2019 • 11am

Join us as we kick off our Spring programs with Doug Miller, Historic Site Administrator of Pennsbury Manor. Mr. Miller will discuss William Penn’s role in establishing Amity Township from the Swede’s Tract, and related aspects of early Amity Township.

“Mouns Jones Licensed Indian Trader”

June 15, 2019 • 11am

Historians Larry Ward and Brad Kissam will discuss the exciting and interesting life of Mouns Jones. Builder of the earliest standing structure in Berks County, Mouns Jones was also a successful Indian Trader and interpreter in the early eighteenth century Manatawny region.

“300th Anniversary of Amity Township Historic House Tour”

 July 20, 2019 • 10:00am – 4:00pm

The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County (HPTBC) will be celebrating the 300th anniversary of Amity Township with an exciting living history open house. A continuation of our 3rd Saturday programs, this event will consist of various demonstrations and activities and take place throughout Morlatton Village.

Visitors will be able to tour all four eighteenth century buildings that comprise the Village: the White Horse Tavern, the George Douglass House, the Mouns Jones House, and the Michael Fulp House. There will also be archaeological excavations of the 1716 Mouns Jones House and visitors can view an exhibit of the Amity Heritage Society. At the George Douglass House, visitors can see the ongoing restoration of this 1765 mansion. In the White Horse Tavern guests can enjoy dancing demonstrations courtesy of the Amity Colonial Dancers.

Admission is a $10 suggested donation. Light refreshments will be provided.

Cooking with the Collier

August 17, 2019 • 10am

Join Jay Erb as he cooks over an open fire and discusses charcoal making in the nineteenth century. Visitors will get to meet a collier from the year 1815 who will teach about cooking nineteenth century meals that often included bacon, ham, sugar, and coffee. Colliers were charcoal makers whose work provided fuel for iron forges and furnaces. Colliers spent a great deal of time in forests working to turn wood into charcoal, therefore they needed to cook over an open fire using a minimum number of utensils. Jay Erb is a ranger at Warwick Park in Chester County.

In addition to Jay’s presentation, there is an ongoing archeological project at the Mouns Jones House, and tours will be available for all four buildings at the Morlatton village site.

“Joint Archaeological Exhibit”

September 21, 2019 • 10:00am – 3:00pm

The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County (HPTBC) invites you to join us at the Mouns Jones House in Morlatton Village to learn about the exciting archaeology projects going on there. A continuation of our 3rd Saturday programs, this event will consist of various demonstrations and activities and take place primarily at the Mouns Jones House.

The Society of Pennsylvania Archaeology, Chapter 21, along with the HPTBC will present the latest archaeological findings at the 1716 Mouns Jones House. Chapter 21 conducts several archaeological excavations throughout the year at the property and has uncovered numerous artifacts over the years relating to the history of this important structure. The Mouse Jones House is the oldest standing building in Berks County. The Amity Heritage Society will also have an exhibit.

“Mistress Douglass and Mr. Douglass at Home”

October 19, 2019 • 11am

Join Trust volunteers Courtney McKay Stevens and Omar Hottenstein, dressed in eighteenth century period clothing, as they portray Mr. & Mrs. George Douglass and receive visitors in their 1765 Georgian mansion. Mary Piersall Douglass will speak about her life at home with Mr. Douglass and their family and friends. A man of Scotland, George Douglass prospered as a businessman in the early Manatawny region. Please note, this program will take place at the George Douglass House in Morlatton Village.