Two Programs Mark Amity’s 300th Anniversary

DOUGLASSVILLE PA – Two spring programs, each held on the third Saturday of the month, will celebrate the history of Morlatton Village, 31 Old Philadelphia Pike, and the 300th anniversary during 2019 of the founding of Amity Township, the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County announced Friday (March 29, 2019).

All will be held on the grounds of the village, which “represents pieces of an early Swedish settlement begun in the early 1700s, when Berks County was still the frontier,” according to its website.

Scheduled are:

  • May 18 at 11 a.m., “William Penn and the Swede’s Tract.” Doug Miller, historic site administrator of Pennsbury Manor, will discuss William Penn’s role in establishing Amity Township from the Swede’s Tract, and related aspects of early Amity Township.
  • June 15 at 11 a.m., “Mouns Jones, Licensed Indian Trader.” Historians Larry Ward and Brad Kissam will discuss Jones’ exciting and interesting life. A successful Indian trader and interpreter in the early 18th century Manatawny region, he also was the builder of the earliest standing structure in Berks County.

The site-wide programs include exhibits, demonstrations, interactive sessions, and oral and graphic presentations. Tours of the village will be offered when applicable. Programs begin at the White Horse Inn inside the village. A donation of $2 per person is suggested. All proceeds benefit the trust.

Photo from Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County