Stone delivery

Restoring and recycling! The stone for our latest restoration project came from nearby barn ruins that were on their way to the landfill.

As we prepare to initiate this transformative phase of the restoration, your donation is more important now than ever. With your help, we will complete the roof restoration in 2017—Trappe’s 300th anniversary—and build a legacy that lasts another 300 years or more.  We have plans to:

$29,000 Remove mansard roofs and install new rafter systems and shingle lath

$35,000 Install cedar shingles on roofs

$20,000 Rebuild side porch and cellar bulkhead doors

$20,000 Restore kitchen hearth and bake oven

$8,000 Install new flashing, gutters, and downspouts

$6,600 Restore and shingle two pent roofs and trim

$5,000 Restore and shingle front and rear door hoods

$1,000 Paint analysis to match original paint colors

Archaeology Field School Students

Archaeology field school 

Now in its seventh year, the archaeology field school is in need of new equipment and supplies.

$1,500 –  6 screens for sifting dirt to look for artifacts.  Each screen costs $250.

$700 –  Trowels, picks, shovels, kneeling pads, gloves, and other excavation tools

$500 – Lab supplies such as boxes, plastic storage bags, markers, pencils

Garden gate and historic toolsGarden

A traditional Pennsylvania German kitchen garden was planted at The Speaker’s House in 2014–2015.  Donations of any size are welcome to help acquire heirloom plants.


$6,000 – Property insurance for the 250-year-old house and two-acre property in addition to insurance for our volunteers and trustees is one of our largest annual operating expenses.  Donations of any amount to help offset this cost are welcome.  Total annual cost: $6,000

Heirloom daffodil at The Speaker's HouseProperty maintenance and landscaping services

$5,000 – Each lawn mowing of the two-acre property costs $100.


Volunteers doing landscape clean up at The Speaker's House.Volunteer

Be a part of a team of committed individuals passionate about history, education, and preservation.  Join us!


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