Albany Township Historical Society’s mission is to collect historical artifacts and documents, to preserve historical landmarks, to provide opportunities for education and research, and to preserve the Pennsylvania German language, and other local dialects, and finally, to preserve the culture of the past, present and future.
Albany Township is located in the northern corner of Berks County, Pennsylvania. The township was established sometime between 1739 and 1752. The early settlers came from the German Palatinate, Switzerland, and an area known as “Allemaengel.” The blue Mountain chain borders the township to the north with the Pinnacle being the highest peak in Albany Township.
There are six remaining villages in Albany Township: Albany, Eckville, Kempton, Quaker City, Stony Run, and Trexler. Because of its relatively unchanged representation of a self sufficient village that has been in existence for over a century, Trexler was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. Our Historical Society headquarters is the Grain & Feed Warehouse in the village of Trexler, which is located on Old Philly Pike in the uppermost of Albany Township.
Nearby attractions are Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the Appalachian Trail, WK&S Railroad and the Kempton Community Center.
Albany Township Historical Society is fully incorporated within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is registered with the United States Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, as a Non-Profit Organization under Section 501(c)(3). Your direct contributions are fully deductible and exempt from federal income tax.
The land where Trexler is located was originally part of the 1733 land grant from the Penn brothers. Landmarks and buildings in Trexler include the three arch stone bridge built in 1841, a Georgian influenced log house circa 1790, a grain & feed warehouse built in 1917, a general store & post office and three other late Victorian homes.
The village was a thriving center of commerce in the latter half of the nineteenth century with an tannery, cider mill, store/postoffice, cabinet maker, undertaker and blacksmith. After the railroad was built it became a center of import and export for lime, fertilizer, potatoes, coal, produce, farm equipment, and other necessities.
Below is a Walking Tour of Trexler Village brochure.
We are a small organization run by volunteers, and our office is open by appointment only. If you have an inquiry, please Contact Us!
Elected Officers, Directors and Specialists for 2016
- President – Lucy Muth
Vice President – Jon Bond
Treasurer – Lisa Jeffrey
Secretary – Deanna Wahler
Genealogy/Newsletters/Board Member – Peggy Light
Historian – John Robertson
Board Member – Jeff Dietrich
Board Member – Nina Schorran
Board Member – Dotty Brett
Board Member – Michael Hamm
Board Member – Margie Hamm
Albany Township Historical Society is always in need of volunteers to assist with events and projects. If you are interested in volunteering, or are a student or scout looking for a project we have plenty of opportunities. Some of our ongoing projects are:
- Building Maintenance, Repairs & Landscaping
- Board Membership
To serve as a member of our board requires taking a role in
decision making, and planning for the future of the
organization. This also involves, planning events and
volunteering during events.
- If you have any questions, are interested in becoming a board member, or just volunteering for an event, please Contact Us!
Volunteers are needed for some ongoing projects including archival record keeping, building and grounds maintenance, plus other jobs as they arise. Please consider some volunteer time for our society. If you feel more comfortable with a financial donation, we can certainly use your charitable contributions to purchase items on our wish list such as replacement windows, archival boxes and other needs for ongoing renovations. As always, your money will be used wisely.