Birdsboro in Berks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Schuylkill River Trail
— Berks County Thun Section —
The trailhead here at Birdsboro was developed for use by trail users through the efforts of the Community of Birdsboro and Schuylkill River Heritage Area. The trailhead provides visitors with easy access and parking from Routes 724 and 422.
Birdsboro to Gibraltar Section
The section of trail up river, between Birdsboro and Gibraltar, is on-road, a distance of approximately 3.5 miles. The route crosses 82 and we recommend using the quieter Schuylkill and Old River roads rather than the more direct route using 724. You will have to cross 724 and this crossing is wide and the road is busy, please be very careful.
Daniel Boone Homestead
The Daniel Boone Homestead is a state historic site which preserves the number of historic structures. The Homestead offers many historic programs and exhibits, preserves 579 acres of open space, and provides passive recreational areas. Today the site tells the story of Daniel's youth and the saga of the region's 18th century settlers by contrasting their lives and cultures. Contact 610-582-4900 or www.danielboonehomestead.org
Hopewell Furnace is one of the finest examples of an early 19th century Iron Plantation, forerunner of today's iron and steel giants. The site includes the furnace complex, Ironmaster's Mansion, and other buildings related to the operation of the furnaces. Open daily from 9-5. Contact www.nps.gov/hofu, 610-582-8773 or 610-582-2093
Morlatton Village is Berks County's first settlement along the Schuylkill River at Douglassville. The site includes the Mouns Jones House, built by Swedish settlers in 1716, is the oldest in Berks County. Other buildings include the White Horse Tavern, c. 1750-1762, the George Gouglass Mansion, c. 1763, and the Covered-Bridge Keeper's House, c. 1780. Further information can be found at www.historicpreservationtrust.org
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces series list.
Location. 40° 16.015′ N, 75° 48.358′ W. Marker is in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Marker is on East Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 345) just west of North Water Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bird Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); Birdsboro (within shouting distance of this marker); Neighborhoods (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Birdsboro World War I Memorial (about 300 feet away); The Mercantile (about 400 feet away); American Legion Post 626 Veterans Memorial (about 800 feet away); The E. & G. Brooke Iron Company World War II Memorial (about 800 feet away); Birdsboro Steel (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birdsboro.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 21, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.