Building and Property Research
Our society provides several services to our members and the general
public. One of these services is to research historic homes and
buildings. This service involves many aspects of property research.
We first meet with the property owners to discuss their interests
and how in depth they want our research to be. Secondly, we tour
the property, studying each of the building’s architectural
features, literally right down to the nails. This study allows
us to better understand the building’s history and help to
determine what features may be original or part of a renovation.
Once the architectural review is complete, we then turn to deed
Deeds give us an understanding of the property ownership
through the years and help us to understand which of the property
may be responsible for the construction of the buildings. In
addition to deed research, we also use many different historical
to aid us in our exploration such as tax records, census records,
Once our work is complete, we provide the property
owner with a detailed report about the building’s history as well
as any previous owners.
Angus Pub located in Baumstown,
Exeter Township, 1998
Thompson Log House located in
Gibraltar Rd, Exeter Township, 2000
Poplar Neck Settlers Cabin located in
Cumru Township, 2003
Peter Jones House located on
Rt. 422 Amity Township, 2005
Toll House located on Rt 662
& Tolgate Rd. Amity township, 2006
Pine Forge Sunday School located on
Pine Forge Rd. Douglass Township, 2009
The Amity Heritage Society
has a vast and ever growing photograph collection in its archives.
Our photograph collection dates from the late 1800s through current
day, with photographs depicting life and times of yesteryear
and current historic home and property research project photos.
Most of our collection came from several local families who's
ancestors took many wonderful photographs, and we thank these
letting us copy those collections!
If you would like to allow us to copy YOUR photograph collection,
whether it be large or small, please contact us. It is
very important to have these old photos copied and preserved
for future generations
Most of our photos are available for reproduction if you would
like to have copies made of them. There is a fee of $15.00
To check availability and order, please contact
The Amity Heritage Society has been involved in many preservation projects in Berks County, PA. When a historic structure is threatened or needs removal our society can help preserve these buildings through careful disassembly. All salvageable material is saved and then reused to help persevere or maintain other historic structures. When possible we save a building in its entirety so that it can be rebuilt on an alternate site. For more information, contact us.
Standing by the original front door are Larry Clauser, Nicholas Barbera, Dale Miller & Charles Miller