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The Speaker's House
151 W. Main St, Trappe, PA 19426-2004 GET DIRECTIONS
Local: 610-489-2105
Home of Frederick Muhlenberg, first Speaker of the House of Representatives. Built in 1764 and occupied until 2001, this colonial-era house was renovated in the late 1800s to its present-day Victorian appearance. Currently under-going restoration, the house is open for tours by appointment only. Visitors can see the house in its pre-restoration phase and learn how preservationists determine how the house's appearance changed over time, and the pain staking process that is involved in restoring a historic property. When the restoration is complete, the property will be used as a museum and educational center, focusing on civics and the evolution of representative government. Frederick Muhlenberg, son of renowned Lutheran minister Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, rose from a member of the Continental Congress to being the Speaker of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Muhlenberg was elected first Speaker of the House and, along with John Adams, signed the Bill of Rights in March 1789.
Facility Amenities: Guided Tours
General Information: Hours: Open for tours by appointment only.
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