Pottstown in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Historic Pottstown Walking Tour
Abraham Weitzenkorn was born in Leitmar, Germany. He came to America at the age of 17, settled in Pottstown, and began his trade as a peddler. A favorite of his patrons, he prospered and in 1864 started a business at 108 S. Hanover St. Keep in mind that this was at the time that Abraham Lincoln was President. Abraham eventually purchased 143 and 145 High St., and in 1877 built a new store. As an interesting sidenote, the first private electric lamp in Pottstown was installed in Abraham's store in 1889. Upon his retirement in 1908, he sold his Pottstown store to his son Morris. Another interesting sidenote is that for many years, Morris resided at the last stop on the tour, the Grubb Mansion, until his death in 1945.
In 1946, Morris's son Arthur returned from the service, purchased the store from his father's estate, and incorporated the store. The Big and Tall Shop was added in 1978, and a second Big and Tall Shop opened in Exton in 1994. Under the direction of Marc and Gregg Weitzenkorn, Weitzenkorn's celebrated its 140th Anniversary in 2004. Marc and Gregg take great pride in being the fourth generation of family ownership and the fact that Weitzenkorn's is the second oldest family owned men's store in the country. They have set aside a display case in the store for the memorabilia (dating back to 1890) that they have either
Erected 2004 by Marc and Gregg Weitzenkorn and Pottstown 250th Anniversary Committee.
Location. 40° 14.756′ N, 75° 39.067′ W. Marker is in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is on High Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is opposite the Smith Family Plaza. Marker is at or near this postal address: 145 E. High Street, Pottstown PA 19464, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Security Trust Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Shuler House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pottstown News (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Clair Mansion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Reading Passenger Station (about 300 feet away); First Iron Bridge (about 400 feet away); The Elks Home (about 600 feet away); Freight Station - AAA East Penn (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pottstown.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 941 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.