The Mounce Jones House – Berks County, PA (circa 1910)

Until finding this postcard, I would not have been able to identify the oldest house in Berks County.

Erected in 1716, the house was the first in what is now Berks County; it was erected by Swedish settlers who were the first Europeans to inhabit the area.

(The House was in ruins in the mid-20th century until restored in the 1960’s.)

The postcard photograph was made by prolific Reading photographer, H. Winslow Fegley; it is hand-tinted.

The house, along with St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church (“Old Swedes”, established 1720), is located in Douglassville – along the Schuylkill River in southern Berks County.

According to the postcard blurb, the settlement was first named, Molatton”.

The postcard was not mailed.

(The postcard was titled, “The Mounce Jones House”, and that spelling can be found in other historical documents.

Contemporary historians, however, refer to this place as the “Mouns Jones House”.


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