Berks County Heritage Center
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
Centre Park Historic District
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
Conrad Weiser Homestead
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
Daniel Boone Homestead
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
Hay Creek Valley Historical Association/Historic Joanna Furnace
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
Correspondence: PO Box 36, Geigertown, PA
Historic Brinton Lodge
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
Hours: By appointment
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
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
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
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 Elaine Strause
Correspondence: PO Box 231, Leesport, PA
Nicholas Stoltzfus House
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
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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
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
Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center
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
Ridgewood Farmstead and Winery
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: Thur. & Fri. 4-8 pm, Sat. 12 noon-8 pm, Sun. 12 noon-6 pm
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
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.