Trappe, Pennsylvania

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Trappe is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,210 at the 2000 census. Augustus Lutheran Church, built in 1743, is the oldest unchanged Lutheran church building in the United States in continuous use by the same congregation. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

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Geography

Trappe is located at 40°11′50″N 75°28′31″W / 40.19722°N 75.47528°W / 40.19722; -75.47528 (40.197111, -75.475244)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²), all of it land.

Schools

Trappe falls within the boundaries of the Perkiomen Valley School District. South Elementary school lies in the borough, as does the old Collegeville-Trappe high school.

History

European settlers arrived in the area of Trappe in the early decades of the 18th century and included many German immigrants. They had landed at the port of Philadelphia and moved west, where land was available.

The Augustus Lutheran Church, formerly called Providence, was the first congregation established. Construction of the Old Church (on the property) was started in 1743 and was designed by Heinrich Melchior Muhlenberg, a Lutheran minister who had immigrated to the colony in 1742 and who founded many congregations in the area. After a severe storm in the 1850s that damaged the colonial building, it was restored according to his original plans. It is the oldest unchanged Lutheran church building in the US in continuous use by the same congregation. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

A c. 1730 building across from Augustus Lutheran Church served as the US Post Office until 1929, when operations were moved to a larger regional location. The post office/general store is now a private residence.

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