Community Involvement

Swamp Creek School:

Built in 1853, the Swamp Creek School House on Reifsnyder Road has been carefully restored by society volunteers and today serves as the society’s home and meeting place.  Housed there is a collection of township school memorabilia and an extensive school book collection.  Additionally, the school house serves as a field trip destination for school groups where nineteenth century school life can be experienced.

Publications:

The historical society provides a weekly column called The Historian, about township history in the Community Connection newspaper published by Berks Mont News.  The society has published three books of articles about local history: Swamp New Hanover, Volumes One, Two, and Three.

Projects, Programs, and Workshops:

The society provides programs on its work to small groups and is actively planning workshops on local folk life and culture.  All events are open to members and non-members.

The school house and summer kitchen are open by appointment or by chance when society volunteers are working there:  610-326-4165.

The Dengler Summer Kitchen

The society has undertaken restoration of the summer kitchen in the Swamp Creek Park.  Adjacent to the schoolhouse, this 1850 summer kitchen, complete with cooking hearth and bake oven, provides a unique opportunity to interpret local domestic skills and crafts.  Society volunteers are continuing to research 19th century domestic practices and include their findings in their presentations and programs. Excluding the winter season, restoration work on the summer kitchen continues most Thursdays.

Adjacent to the summer kitchen is an 1850 demonstration kitchen garden where period garden produce and medicinal herbs are cultivated.
Visitors are always welcome.