Montgomery County Historic Sites
Where History Marches off the Page
Montco is brimming with American history. It’s found in our houses and cities and on our land. Here are some of the very best historic sites in the area for history buffs, families, and all to discover.
Tour Breathtaking Historic Properties
There are countless beautiful 18th-century homes in Montco with storied pasts, and many are open to the public.
The Henry Muhlenberg House located in Historic Trappe is a fully-furnished museum interpreting the families of Lutheran pastor Henry Muhlenberg and his son General Peter Muhlenberg. The Speaker’s House, home of Frederick Muhlenberg, is an ongoing restoration project and the site of our Pennsylvania German kitchen garden.
Pottsgrove Manor is a stunning Georgian mansion in Pottstown which dates back to 1752, formerly the home of successful colonial ironmaster John Potts and his family. The manor has been restored to its original 18th-century splendor and hosts guided tours and special events throughout the year.
Another historic property is Pennypacker Mills, a Colonial Revival estate located in the Schwenksville borough. During the American Revolutionary War, George Washington used the Pennypacker Mansion as his headquarters before and after the Battle of Germantown, and the Continental Army camped on the estate grounds. When you visit Pennypacker Mills, tour the mansion, restored in the early 1900s, displaying an extensive collection of original furniture and antiques, and then the grounds. The historic site also hosts special events and workshops.
In nearby Lansdale, you can pay a visit to the Peter Wentz Farmstead, a restored Georgian-style farmhouse where George Washington drew up plans for the Battle of Germantown. The house was built in 1758 by Peter and Rosanna Wentz and would later serve as the residence for two other families before being purchased and renovated by the county. You can learn the story of early American farm life through tours and special events such as sheep shearing, demonstrations of farm chores and open-hearth cooking, and musical performances.
Walk Through History at Valley Forge National Historical Park
The most famous historic site in Montco is undoubtedly Valley Forge National Historical Park, where George Washington and the Continental Army lodged during the harsh winter of 1777-78.
Located in King of Prussia, the 3,5000-acre park is home to several historical landmarks, from the United States National Memorial Arch to Washington’s Headquarters. While here, view the reconstructed Muhlenberg Brigade Huts, which once housed Continental troops and Artillery Park.
You can explore the historic site by car, trolley, bike, or foot. The site features guided tours, bike rentals, and over 20 miles of multi-use trails.
Take in Local Architectural Marvels
In Montco, there are many breathtaking architectural masterpieces for you to marvel at.
The Bryn Athyn Historic District, in particular, is famous for its gorgeous architecture and gardens. Here you’ll find a towering Gothic-Romanesque cathedral that rivals the cathedrals of Europe, the castle-like Glencairn Museum, and the grand Cairnwood Estate, surrounded by spectacular gardens. All locations are open to the public. Both Cairnwood and the Bryn Athyn Cathedral offer guided tours.
Architecture lovers will also want to visit Beth Sholom Synagogue in Elkins Park, designed by iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The synagogue features a Mayan Revival style with many symbolic elements, including a striking mountain-shaped silhouette representing Moses’ ascent up Mount Sinai.
You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy our historic sites. You only need the time, comfy walking shoes, and a readiness to learn and explore America’s past through stunning architecture, furnishings, and monuments.