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

 The Morgan Log House will be closed on Friday, July 16 in preparation for our History Happy Hour that evening. Purchase tickets below!

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Morgan Log House Makerspace

Join us in our Makerspace and learn a colonial era trade or craft. The Makerspace will be open for use on the first and third Saturdays of every month: it’s for everyone: the young and the older alike!

Our 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.

 

History Happy Hour

Join us for our second History Happy Hour on Friday, July 16 at 6:00 p.m.

We’re going to be having a talk about journals and the past, centering around the Diaries of William Leister, in our collection. Afterwards, you can take part in paper marbling as well as constructing your own journal, and enjoy drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and snacks.

You can also explore our temporary exhibit “A Day in the Life of a Farmer” and our Makerspace! 

Tickets are available below!

This is a Locust Year: The Periodical Cicada in Cicada Country

Illustration of the Periodical Cicada, from The American Entomologist ca. 1880 "They usually come out of their holes at night and climb trees and the stems of plants. The nymphal cases, which split on top as the insects emerge, are discarded, but remain...

Learning about the Morgan Log House through Archaeology and Restoration

The Morgan Log House is the museum's greatest artifact. It is also one of its biggest puzzle pieces. We are still piecing together much about the lives of the people who lived here from 1708 through the 1960's, but the two most solid ways we've learned about the...

Inoculating America: Smallpox and the American Revolution

“We shall continue the utmost Vigilance against this most dangerous Enemy,” wrote George Washington in a letter to John Hancock on the 21st of July, 1775, after receiving command of the Continental Army. Washington certainly had many dangerous enemies to consider:...

Back to School In Towamencin

A 19th century map of Towamencin Township. Locations of schools are marked with a red arrow. The Township of Towamencin was formally established in 1728; local landowners (including Edward Morgan) petitioned Philadelphia County to create the township (Montgomery...

Women of the Morgan Log House

To celebrate the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we thought we would share what we know about the women that lived at the Log House property. We know less about the women that lived here because, during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, men were...

Visualizing the Diaries: Tools of the Historian

Often, we think of history as being done by looking at documents and material artifacts and using them to make inferences about what happened in the past. Historians do that a lot, and it remains to be the most effective tool for learning about the past. With the rise...

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...