The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County (HPTBC) was recently awarded two grants for improvements to their properties and structures in Morlatton Village. The Schuylkill River Greenway Association and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission awarded the grants for two separate projects that will begin late this year and continue into early 2018.
The Schuylkill River Greenway Association awarded the HPTBC a grant to construct ADA access pathways to the four buildings in Morlatton Village and to the Thun Trail. These buildings include the White Horse Inn, the George Douglass House, the Mouns Jones House, and the Michael Fulp House. The project will also include top dressing the White Horse Inn parking lot ramp and creating a pedestrian crossing on Old Philadelphia Pike. The Trust will use ADA-compliant material compatible with the parking area surfaces. This project is anticipated to start in early Fall 2017.
The HPTBC was also awarded a Keystone Historic Preservation Grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for $48,975 for the George Douglass House Project. This project includes restoration of the structure, making the building structurally stable and safely accessible to the public. The Trust also plans to create an education center inside the Douglass House as part of this project. Work is expected to begin on this project in late 2017 or early 2018.
The HPTBC is a non-profit organization that acquires, preserves, and maintains historically and architecturally significant properties in Berks County, Pennsylvania and educates Berks County and its’ visitors about the role these sites played in Pennsylvania and American history. The Trust seeks to foster community involvement and support in promoting awareness and appreciation of historic structures and encouraging their adaptive reuse. The Trust currently owns and maintains eight historically significant buildings in the greater Reading/Berks County area. Our office is located in the White Horse Inn on Old Philadelphia Pike in Douglassville. If you are interested in donating to the Trust please call 610-385-4762 or visit www.historicpreservationtrust.org.