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Berks County Heritage Center Facebook
Hear the story of transportations’ key role in Berks County history at the Gruber Wagon Works, a National Historic Landmark and the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center on the Union and Schuylkill canals.

1102 Red Bridge Road, Reading, PA
Hours: Tours May - October and on summer holidays. Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, Sunday noon - 5 pm
Phone: 610-374-8839
Email: parks@countyofberks.com
Website: countyofberks.com/parks


Centre Park Historic District Facebook
One of Reading’s first “suburbs” contains 840 properties of Victorian and early 20th-century architecture. Annual events include Christmas House Tour, Garden Tour, Arts and Antiques Fair. Artifacts Bank.

707 North 5th Street, Reading, PA
Hours: Sunday 9 am – 2 pm; Monday 2 pm – 6 pm
Phone: 610-375-7860
Website: centrepark.org


Conrad Weiser Homestead Facebook
The Olmsted Brothers designed the 26-acre park setting for Weiser’s 18th-century Homestead. This site is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

28 Weiser Lane, Womelsdorf, PA
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday noon – 5 pm and some holidays
Phone: 610-589-2934
Website: conradweiserhomestead.org


Daniel Boone Homestead Facebook
1730 homestead of Boone’s parents interprets both the early Boones and the saga of settlers contrasting lifestyles in rural Pennsylvania. Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Managed by Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead.

400 Daniel Boone Road, Birdsboro, PA
Hours: Park/ dawn - dusk; buildings/ first Sunday, April-December, noon- 5pm
Phone: 610-582-4900
Email: info@danielboonehomestead.org
Website: danielboonehomestead.org


Hay Creek Valley Historical Association/Historic Joanna Furnace Facebook
Built in 1791 this iron plantation is being re¬discovered under the direction of the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association. Events include Hay Creek Festival, Apple Festival, Christmas at Joanna, and Furnace Operation Days.

Hours: Tours available by appointment
Phone: 610-286-0388
Correspondence: PO Box 36, Geigertown, PA
Website: haycreek.org


Historic Brinton Lodge Facebook
Transformed from a 1700s farmhouse, to a Gilded Age mansion, to a Jazz Age gentleman’s club; this eccentric landmark hosts theater and music productions, history tours, ghost tours, workshops, and much more, some quite offbeat.

1808  W. Schuylkill Road/ Rte. 724, Douglasville, PA 19518
Phone: 610-572-7121
Hours: By appointment
Email: info@brintonlodge.com
Website: brintonlodge.com


Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site Facebook
The finest example of an iron plantation in America. A national park in Berks and Chester counties. Exhibits feature 5,000 year old process of iron making complete with products dating to the 18th-century. Living history, craft demonstrations and apple picking.

2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, PA
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily. Visitors Center and exhibits open Wednesday – Sunday
Phone: 610-582-8773
Email: hofu_superintendent@nps.gov
Website: nps.gov/hofu


Kutztown Folk Festival
Pennsylvania German folk life festival featuring demonstrations, folklore, live music, dancing, entertainment on five stages, children’s farmyard, crafts, and authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine.

Kutztown Fairgrounds, Kutztown, PA
Phone: 610-683-1597 or 888-674-6136
Email: info@kutztownfestival.com
Website: kutztownfestival.com


Leesport Lockhouse Foundation
Preservation of an important part of local canal history. The locktender’s house, restored to the 1890 – 1910 time period, is a museum of the Schuylkill Canal and of the community of Leesport.

Hours: Contact Beverly Miller for more information
Correspondence: PO Box 231, Leesport, PA
Phone: 610-926-5665


Nicholas Stoltzfus HouseFacebook
Nicholas Stoltzfus (d.1774) and his son Christian purchased the property in 1771 then became part of the Maiden Creek Amish district from which Christian took his family to Lancaster County in 1800. About 1 million living descendents may have an interest in this house, the first built along the Tulpehocken Creek.

1700 Tulpehocken Road, Wyomissing, PA
Hours: Open auction day, second Saturday of May, or by appointment
Phone: 610-373-6206
Email: psku@aol.com or skauff5096@aol.com
Website: nicholasstoltzfus.com


Old Dry Road Farm
Designed for students, the farm is a living history and educational center on 200 acres of farmland. Experience 18th- and 19th-century farm life.

Correspondence: P.O. Box 163 Wernersville, PA 19565
Hours: Call for tour information
Phone: 610-678-1226
Website: dryroadfarm.net


Pagoda
Reading’s world famous landmark, overlooking the city. Visit the Pagoda Café and Gift Shop. Atop Mt. Penn.

98 Duryea Drive, Reading, PA
Hours: Open Saturday, and Sunday noon – 4 pm
Phone: 610-655-2584
Website: readingpagoda.com


Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage CenterFacebook
The center offers a one-room school, two log cabins, and a 19th-century farmstead. It brings history to life in the form of interpretive events held throughout the year including Easter on the Farm, Children’s Cultural Camp, Heemet Fescht, and Christmas on the Farm.

22 Luckenbill Road, Kutztown, PA
Phone: 610-683-1589
Email: heritage@kutztown.edu
Website: kutztown.edu/pgchc


Ridgewood Farmstead and Winery Facebook
Ridgewood Farmstead was built in 1725/1811, a Nationally Registered Historic Site. The Farmstead is the location for Ridgewood Winery, specializing in dry red & white wines. Wine Tastings and Historic Property Tours are available.

2039 Philadelphia Ave, Birdsboro, PA
Hours: Friday 4:30 – 7:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 1:00– 6:00 pm
Phone: 484-509-0200
Email: events@ridgewoodwinery.com
Website: ridgewoodwinery.com


Roadside America Facebook
Founded in 1935, this enchanted land of yesteryear and tomorrow is the world’s greatest indoor miniature village. A 6,000 square foot landscaped display with 300 structures, 8 trains, 4 trollies, and populated with 4,000 people.

109 Roadside Drive, Shartlesville, PA
Hours:
July - Labor Day, daily 10:00 am-6:00 pm | September - June, weekdays 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sat & Sun, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Phone: 610-488-6241
Email: info@pennsylvaniadutchgifthaus.com
Website: roadsideamericainc.com


Robesonia Furnace Firehouse Museum
Friends of The Robesonia Furnace gather, preserve, and disseminate the history of the Furnace. They foster the preservation of both the Fire Engine House and the Furnace ruins/grounds.

Hours: Tours by appointment
Correspondence: PO Box 162, Robesonia, PA.
Phone: 484-955-7381
Email: RGartner@verizon.net
Website: robesoniafurnace.org

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