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The Morgan Log House is a meticulously restored example of early domestic architecture.

The Morgan Log House is closed for tours for the the COVID-19 health crisis. We will reopen as soon as we are able! Stay healthy.

The Morgan Log House will reopen soon for tours. Stay tuned!

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Morgan Log House Craft Lab

New for 2020! We’re adding a Makerspace to our Visitor’s Center!

Stop by the Morgan Log House Craft Lab and take part in some historical making.

Our Upcoming Temporary Exhibit

We’re working on our upcoming temporary exhibit, “A Day in the Life of a Farmer,” which looks at local history, farming, and the changes of the early twentieth century through the eyes of William Leister, a Towamencin farmer who kept a diary between 1911 and 1935.

 

The Log House’s Revolutionary War Veterans

Even though they occupied the building we now know as the Morgan Log House longer than any other family, little is known about the Cassel family, who occupied the home from 1774 to 1873. What information we have we gleaned about Yellis and Elizabeth Cassel, their...

Fredrick Henning Bower, Local Farmer

An Detail of J.D. Scott’s 1877 Atlas Map of Towamencin Township Showing the Farm of Frederick Bower. On a usual visit to the Morgan Log House, we usually talk about the lives of the Morgans and the Cassel families, the property's early occupants. This is only part of...

Plant a Victory Garden

Office of War Information poster, no. 34. 1943. Normally, the Morgan Log House would be having its Military Might event this weekend: it’s an annual celebration and commemoration of those who sacrificed everything for the nation. This year is going to be a bit...

Edward, Elizabeth, and their World

Like many immigrants to Pennsylvania, Edward and Elizabeth Morgan were farmers. This is the story of Daniel Boone’s maternal grandparents, Edward and Elizabeth Morgan, and the world of which they were a part. Early eighteenth century records, particularly records for...

Drop in Workshop at Home: Shut the Box

Shut the Box is a simple game with a long history. There is evidence that a version of the game as we know it existed since the 12th century. It was a popular choice for travelers, sailors, and soldiers, and has a long history as a pub game. It was very popular...

A Special Friendship: Bees and their Medical Uses in the Colonial Period

This blog post is an adaptation of a History Happy Hour talk given last year during the 2019 season, “Bees, their Friends, and their Uses” by Tim Betz, Morgan Log House Executive Director. Keep an eye out for more History Happy Hours (both online and in person) in the...

The Morgan Log House: An Agricultural History

The Morgan Log House is always researching and adding to its historic narratives regarding the house, its families, and associated larger historic contexts. Because family documents, like diaries, letters, receipts, newspaper advertisements, or budget books ,...

Keeping a COVID-19 Journal

For many of us, we often do not think that we will be living history: yet here we are. The spread of COVID-19, our subsequent national social distancing and self quarantining, and the effects of this pandemic on all aspects of our life is only starting to become...

When Artichoke Was King

In transcribing William Leister’s diaries from the early twentieth century, little details occasionally pop out at the reader and we ask ourselves, “What’s the story behind this?” For us, that occurred when we began transcribing Mr. Leister’s diaries beginning in 1923...

Dendrochronology: How Old is It?

When looking at an old building, it can be difficult to determine the age of a building. The building’s construction materials and decorative elements like trim, mouldings, and windows can provide a date range of of when it was built. Some buildings like stone farm...