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.
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.