About The Speaker’s House and Our Mission
The mission of The Speaker's House is to celebrate the heritage and home of Frederick Muhlenberg, first and third Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and first signer of the Bill of Rights.
Born in Trappe in 1750, Frederick Muhlenberg was also a pivotal figure in local history, serving as the first president judge, recorder of deeds, and register of wills when Montgomery County was established in 1784. For several years his home in Trappe was a de facto center of government, until Norristown became the official county seat.
In the early 2000s, his house was nearly torn down, but a grassroots effort by local citizens saved the building and its 1.9 acre property. A nonprofit organization was then formed to manage its restoration and development into a historic site. Now known as The Speaker's House, the organization is a leader in Trappe's community revitalization and historic preservation efforts.
Board of Trustees:
Ms. Lisa Minardi, President
Mr. Christopher Grasberger
Ms. Vordea Mingis, Assistant Treasurer
Mr. Joseph Szlavik, Chair