The Speaker’s House mission is to inspire leadership and civic engagement by bringing to life the home and legacy of Frederick Muhlenberg, first Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
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.
Join us as we work to preserve Muhlenberg’s story and his beloved home.
The Historic Trappe Partnership (HTP) strives to help increase awareness and appreciation of Trappe’s distinguished cultural and historic resources by local residents and visitors alike. HTP also supports the economic vitality of the region by encouraging heritage tourism and community revitalization initiatives. The highly collaborative nature of the HTP will also greatly expand its impact beyond one organization into the community at large. The Speaker’s House looks forward to expanding joint initiatives as we prepare for the celebration of Trappe’s upcoming 300th anniversary in 2017.
For more information about Historic Trappe visit HistoricTrappe.org