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By Don Morfe, June 15, 2015
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Pennsylvania (Berks County), Bally — Goshenhoppen
Re-named Bally for Father Augustin Bally. The third Roman Catholic mission and first Catholic school in the State were established here in 1743 by Father Theodore Schneider — Map (db m84570) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Baumstown — Baumstown World War Memorial
In Honor of the Citizens of Baumstown and vicinity who served in World Wars 1 and 2 1917-1918 1941-1945 — Map (db m23751) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Baumstown — Daniel Boone
Greatest American pioneer and wilderness scout. Born Nov. 2, 1734. Spent the first 16 years of his life on the Boone Homestead a few miles north. Now a State historical shrine dedicated to American youth. — Map (db m23776) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Baumstown — Daniel Boone
Greatest of American pioneers and wilderness scouts. Born on Nov. 2, 1734. Spent the first 16 years of his life on the Boone Homestead three miles to the north. This property is a State historical shrine and is dedicated to American youth. — Map (db m71368) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Baumstown — Daniel Boone Homestead
Here on Nov. 2, 1734, Daniel Boone was born and lived until 1750. — Map (db m25166) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Baumstown — Hopewell Village
Hopewell Forge, 1744, and Furnace, 1770, were seven miles south. The furnace and the remains of an iron making community of the era are administered by the National Park Service, with recreation areas. — Map (db m23784) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Bernville — Christ Little Tulpehocken Church
Organized 1729, this is one of the early Lutheran churches founded by Rev. John Caspar Stoever, Jr., who started the parish records in 1730. A log church, erected before 1749, was replaced by the present stone building in 1809. Since 1853, Lutheran . . . — Map (db m84515) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Bernville — Northkill Amish
The first organized Amish Mennonite congregation in America. Established by 1740. Disbanded following Indian attack, September 29, 1757, in which a Provincial soldier and three members of the Jacob Hochstetler family were killed near this point. — Map (db m29987) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Bethel — Fort Henry
Built 1756; garrisoned during the French and Indian War by troops under Capt. Christian Busse. Pennsylvania's major frontier defense east of Ft. Augusta (Sunbury). The site is 3/4 mile to the northwest. — Map (db m29547) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Bethel — Fort Henry
1756 FORT HENRY 25 yards north of this stone. —— French and Indian War —— — Map (db m30078) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Bethel — Pilger Ruh
"Pilgrim's Rest" was the name given to this spring on the Tulpehocken Path by Count Zinzendorf, the Moravian missionary, on his journey to the Indian towns of Shamokin and Wyoming in 1742. — Map (db m29551) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Bethel — 35 — Pilger Ruh

1742
Pilger Ruh (Pilgram's Rest)
Named by Count
Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf
who with Conrad Weiser and
Morvavian Missionaries rested here
besides this spring (Ludwig's Brunne)
on their way to visit Shawnee . . . — Map (db m30083) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Bethel — Tulpehocken Path
Fort Henry, built 1756 to guard Lebanon Valley from Delaware and Shawnee raids, stood 3/4 mile northwest of here on the Tulpehocken Path. The trail came over the mt. near where present road cutting is seen. Round Head overlooks it from east. — Map (db m29542) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Bethel — Tulpehocken Path
An Indian path connecting the Iroquois capital at Shamokin, now Sunbury, with the Tulpehocken Valley, ran northwest through here. It was used by ambassadors to "Brother Onas," i.e., Wm. Penn and his successors. — Map (db m85726) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Birdsboro — American Legion Post 626 Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the veterans in this area who served our country with honor — Map (db m23757) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Birdsboro — 21 — Birdsboro[Corporate Limit Marker]
Named for William Bird First Settler Founded 1740 — Map (db m23767) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Birdsboro — Birdsboro World War I Memorial
Roll of Honor World War 1917-1918 [Died in service] Clymer Green J. William Lutz [Names of others who served follows] Erected & Dedicated Dec. 13, 1919 — Map (db m23755) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Birdsboro — The E. & G. Brooke Iron Company World War II Memorial
To commemorate the patriotism and perpetuate the names of those who served with honor in World War II [Died in service] Albert Bryan Lewis Kennedy Nick Piergrossi [Honor Roll follows] — Map (db m23752) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Birdsboro — William Penn
On his first visit to America 1682 - 1684 came farthest north on Schuylkill River fifty miles up from the Falls of Schuylkill to or near the mouth of Monocacy Creek three fourth of a mile south-[direction erased] of this marker . . . — Map (db m25202) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Boyertown — Boyertown Burial Casket Company
Established here in 1893 by C.A. Mory and Associates, it was among the largest casket manufacturers in the world and earliest traded on the N.Y. and Phila. stock exchanges. The company secured numerous patents for innovative improvements and designs . . . — Map (db m84547) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Boyertown — Carl A. Spaatz(1891-1974)
Aviation pioneer Spaatz was a 1914 graduate of West Point and a pilot in France in World War I. He rose to the rank of brigadier general in 1940 and general in 1945. During World War II he commanded the US 8th Air Force and the US Strategic Air . . . — Map (db m84545) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Boyertown — Colebrookdale Furnace
Established on Iron Stone Creek, one half mile to the east, by James Lewis, Anthony Morris, Thomas Potts, and Thomas Rutter. Called after Colebrookdale Furnace in England, it is considered the first blast furnace to be erected in Pennsylvania, c. . . . — Map (db m84544) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Boyertown — Jeremiah Sweinhart and Successors
The evolution of the business located here mirrors America's changing transportation scene. In the factory begun by Mr. Sweinhart in 1872, horse-drawn carriages, farm and delivery vehicles, and sleighs were built. After 1914, bus and truck bodies, . . . — Map (db m84546) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Boyertown — Rhoads Opera House Fire
A disastrous fire destroyed the theater that stood at Philadelphia Ave. & Washington St. On Jan. 13 1908. It claimed 170 Victims, many buried here, due to overcrowding, poorly designed and unmarked exits, and inadequate fire escapes. The tragedy . . . — Map (db m49338) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Douglassville — Anthony Sadowski
Polish pioneer, Indian trader, settled along Schuylkill River in this area, 1712. He served the Provincial government as a messenger-interpreter during negotiations with Indian tribes in 1728. He was buried, 1736, in graveyard of St. Gabriel's . . . — Map (db m25273) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Douglassville — Anthony Sadowski
In memory of Anthony Sadowski Born c.1669 in Poland Died April 22, 1736 Whether or not he opened an Indian trading post on the shores of Lake Erie, and gave his name to Sandusky, Ohio, here lies the greatest Polish frontiersman of . . . — Map (db m25276) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Douglassville — Daniel Boone1734 - 1820
Famous pioneer and wilderness scout, who lived in this area his first 16 years. Born 3 miles northwest on site of Daniel Boone Homestead, State historical shrine. — Map (db m25167) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Douglassville — James Warren
Departed this life April 7, 1776 Early settler and builder Village once known as Warrensburg — Map (db m25297) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Douglassville — St. Gabriels
Site of 1st. church in Berks Co. Founded by Swedish Lutherans 1720 Changed to Prot. Episcopal 1760 — Map (db m25280) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Douglassville — The Douglass Family
Wealthy and influential colonial settlers. George Douglass built his family mansion here and also the White Horse Tavern in 1765. This stage coach stop was of historical importance during the Revolutionary War. Douglassville was named . . . — Map (db m25279) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Douglassville — William Bird, Esq.
. . . — Map (db m25278) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Douglasville — Swedish Pioneers
First European settlers in present Berks County on land granted by William Penn, 1704-5. The home of Mounce and Ingeborg Jones, built 1716 and the oldest house in the county, stands at the opposite end of the river bridge. — Map (db m84538) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Exeter — Exeter Friends Meeting
Established 1725 as Oley; name changed to Exeter, 1742. Present stone meeting house built 1759 near site of two previous log structures. Buried here are members of the Boone, Ellis, Hughes, Lee, and Lincoln families. Meetings discontinued 1899; . . . — Map (db m84536) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Hereford — Hereford Furnace
Established by Thomas Maybury in 1745 on the west bank of the Perkiomen Creek for the purpose of manufacturing iron. Maybury is credited with producing here in 1767 the first cast-iron cooking-stove in North America. — Map (db m84571) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kempton — Ben Austrian(1870-1921)
Born in Reading, this self-taught artist won international recognition for his paintings of barnyard and woodland creatures, still lifes, and landscapes. He was the creator of the famed Bon Ami chick. Ben Austrian had studios in Paris and Florida . . . — Map (db m85725) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Brick-End Decorated Barns

Brick-end decorated barns are one of the finest classics of rural American architecture. These southern & central Pennsylvania barns were very expensive to build. The brick ends were constructed with designs which were formed by the gaps, or . . . — Map (db m105321) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Cider

The most common cider press of the 18th century was the two-screw press. Two men would turn the large wooden screws. As they turned, the roof was lowered onto the apple pulp. As the pressure increased, the cider flowed.

The first step in . . . — Map (db m105452) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Cider Making

The first step in making cider in the days gone by was to grind the apples into pulp, called pomace in English and "dreschter" in the dialect. Then the "dreschter" was imbedded [sic] in layers of flailed rye straw. The cider press was operated . . . — Map (db m105315) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Colouring Easter Eggs

Although many Pa. Dutch colour their Easter eggs with commercial dyes, some still use the traditional methods. To get the different colours, various vegetables and roots are boiled with the eggs. Adler [sic - Alder] catkins and hickory . . . — Map (db m105318) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Dew of Heaven

For the Pa. Dutch, the dew which falls from heaven on the anniversary of the coming of the Christ child is supposed to have beneficial effects. Here are several examples: since the number 3 is considered lucky, three pieces of bread are hung on . . . — Map (db m105511) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Dutch Folksong Tradition

The Dutch Country, like the rest of singinging [sic] America, has a two-fold folksong tradition: secular & religious. The Pennsylvania Spiritual is an original contribution to American hymns. Of the two folksong traditions the most important in . . . — Map (db m105455) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Funeral Feasts

Raisin pie is still known as leicht (funeral pie). This pie was a favorite at the gathering of family & friends which was held after the funeral services. In fact, raisin pie was rarely served except at these funeral gatherings.

The Big . . . — Map (db m105454) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Griener Dunnerschdag

Literally, in the Pa. Dutch dialect this means Green Thursday. The day is also known as Holy Thursday, or Maunday Thursday. For the Pa. Dutch, the day before Good Friday became known as Green Thursday because you had to eat something green that . . . — Map (db m105323) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Kutztown AirportMay 1945 • May 1995

Dedicated to Carl Bieber and Harold Miller whose dream became Kutztown Airport and to those who followed their legacy

Because I fly, I laugh more than other men I have danced among the clouds and felt the blue on my lap because . . . — Map (db m105349) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — New Year's Day Lore

On New Year's Day, you must say, "Happy New Year" to the flowers in your garden. If you don't, they will not bloom in the spring.

To insure good luck & health all year, you should eat sauerkraut on New Year's Day. Note: To this day, roast . . . — Map (db m105398) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Outdoor Bake Oven

During the 18th century, every Pa. Dutch farmscape included an outdoor bake oven. Since Pa. Dutch farm women did not yet have woodstoves, they had to devise a way to bake. Most farm kitchens contained large open-hearth fireplaces, over which . . . — Map (db m105516) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Pennsylvania Dutch Ballads

The ballad is a narrative song which deals with murder, suicide, natural calamities, & unrequited love. Although ballads were sung throughout Europe, most American ballads parallel the British Isle's ballads. Pa. Dutch ballads were often of a . . . — Map (db m105313) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Pennsylvania Half-Timbering

Although English villages such as Stratford-on-Avon, are the most famous examples of half-timbering, Pa. also has its share of these structures. There are two styles of Pa. half-timbering. The country-style has plastering between the exposed, . . . — Map (db m105512) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Quilting Lore

Prospects of marriage: after a quilt was completed at a quilting party, four unmarried girls would each take a corner of the new quilt and hold it so it sagged in the middle. A cat was put into the quilt, and then with a little jolting would . . . — Map (db m105356) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Quilting Lore

Prospects of marriage: after a quilt was completed at a quilting party, four unmarried girls would each take a corner of the new quilt and hold it so it sagged in the middle. A cat was put into the quilt, and then with a little jolting would . . . — Map (db m105515) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Thanksgiving & Harvest Home

New England Puritans celebrated their November Thanksgiving as a substitute for Christmas which was forbidden to them. Pa. Gay Dutch celebrated Christmas & had their own Thanksgiving called Harvest Home.

A cultural conflict resulted when . . . — Map (db m105451) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — The Bush Meeting

Shortly after the American Revolution revivalism struck the American frontier & kindled a new, totally American institution, the camp meeting. Born on the Southern frontier, the camp meeting soon invaded the Pa. Dutch Country where it was known . . . — Map (db m105450) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — The Candlemaker

"Der licht macher" means light maker or candlemaker, who used beeswax or bayberry wax for his candles. Professional candlemakers were usually found in large towns & cities. The candlemaker hung a wick, with a small weight at the bottom from a . . . — Map (db m105399) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — The Conestoga Wagon

In Colonial America, the Dutchman of eastern Pa. grew the nation's wheat & the Scotch-Irishman of western Pa. made the nation's rye whiskey. Both the flour from the wheat & the whiskey were barreled for shipment to eastern seaboard markets. To . . . — Map (db m105360) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — The Mennonites

The Mennonites were named for Menno Simmons, a 16th century Dutch leader. They are descendants of the 16th century religious radicals who were known as Anabaptists. They wanted to reserve the rite of baptism for those adults who had made a . . . — Map (db m105513) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — The Moravians

In 1741, the Moravians, or the Unitas Fratrum, settled in Bethlehem Pa. Other settlements were founded in Lehigh, Northampton, & Lancaster Counties. Although they immigrated [from] Germany, & settled among other Germans in Pa., they never . . . — Map (db m105514) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — The Plain Dutch

The Pa. Dutch folk-culture is divided into two distinct elements: the "Plain" Dutch, who are in the minority, are the Amish & Mennonites: the "Gay" Dutch are, for the most part, Lutheran & Reformed.

The "Plain" Dutch are biblicists: they . . . — Map (db m105394) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Thompson CabinCa. 1750

relocated from Exeter Township, Berks County, PA in honor of Sterling G. & Florence M. Zimmerman with generous support from the Grundsau Lodges. — Map (db m105345) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Town Crier's HouseBuilt in 1804 — by Valentine Stoll

A Georgian Townhouse Built on inlot 27 & 28 of George Kutz's 1779 Town Plan. The Residence of Conrad Cupp in 1810 Town Crier in 1817 and Clerk of the Village Market.

Dedicated to the Memory of Dr. Alfred L. Shoemaker Founder of the . . . — Map (db m105350) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Two Worlds - Dutch Country

The Dutch folk culture is divided into two completely different ways of life. The Amish & related religious sects represent a minority of the Dutch population & are known as Plain Dutch. The majority of Pa. Dutch Lutherans & Reformed . . . — Map (db m105320) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Veterans Memorial

In memory of those who served are serving and will serve

Dedicated May 30, 1967 — Map (db m105351) WM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Kutztown — Wheelbarrow Matches

A popular form of gambling in the Old Dutch Country was the Wheelbarrow Match. Each participant would pay a fee, usually 10¢ or 15¢, to co[m]pete.

A post was planted in a field about 100 yards from the starting point. Each contestant takes . . . — Map (db m105354) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Leesport — Joseph Hiester
Revolutionary soldier, Congressman, Governor 1820-1823, lived in the Hiester Mansion. Now a part of the Berks County Welfare Farm. — Map (db m84514) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Mt. Penn — Mount Penn World War Memorial
This memorial is dedicated in honor of the men and women of the Borough of Mt. Penn who served their country during World Wars I and II — Map (db m25185) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Oley — De Benneville House
Built 1745 by Dr. George de Benneville, preacher in this area 1743-55, and founder of Universalism in America. He died in Philadelphia in 1793. The house is 2.25 miles away on a side road. — Map (db m84526) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Oley — De Turk House
Built in 1767 by John de Turk, son of Isaac de Turk, a Huguenot who settled here in 1712 and was one of a number of French Protestants who were pioneers in this part of Berks County. — Map (db m84524) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Oley — Fisher House
This home, built 1801 by Henry Fisher, is a fine example of late Georgian architecture. Brought from the British Isles, this style is reflected in old homes of eastern and southern Pennsylvania. — Map (db m84527) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Oley — Oley Moravians
A building erected about 1748 by Moravians, for use as a church and school, stands on the side road, about 1.5 miles away. Here they conducted a boarding school, 1745-51; and built a later schoolhouse, since demolished, in 1776. — Map (db m84525) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Pine Forge — Thomas Rutter
Pioneer ironmaster and opponent of slavery who died 1730. Built Pennsylvania's first ironworks nearby, 1716. In ensuing decade he erected Pine Forge and built this mansion; in 19th century it was an Underground Railroad stop. Academy was founded . . . — Map (db m84540) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Bethel A.M.E. Church
Berks County's oldest Black church building. Erected 1837 by free African Americans; became an Underground Railroad station for escaped slaves seeking freedom. Rebuilt 1867; remodeled 1889. Congregation, dating from 1822, moved to Windsor Street in . . . — Map (db m25205) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Col. Conrad Weiser
In memory of Col. Conrad Weiser, Pioneer, soldier, diplomat, judge. As interpreter and Indian agent he negotiated every treaty from 1732 until near the close of the French and Indian War. ————— The Weiser . . . — Map (db m25272) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Conrad Weiser Trading Post
A hewn-log building, erected on this site about 1750; operated until 1760 by Conrad Weiser, distinguished pioneer settler, treaty maker, Indian agent and interpreter, and first Berks County lay judge. — Map (db m25270) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Doctor Jonathan Potts
On this site was the house occupied by Dr. Jonathan Potts; Deputy Director General, 1777-1780, of Northern and Middle Departments of the Continental Army. — Map (db m25247) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Dr. Bodo Otto

Site of the home of Dr. Bodo Otto, Military Surgeon in Continental Army, 1775-82. Served as Surgeon-in-Chief at Valley Forge, 1777-78; Physician and Surgeon of the Continental Hospitals. Died, 1787. — Map (db m25225) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Dr. Bodo Otto
. . . — Map (db m111828) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Duryea Drive
Named in honor of Charles E. Duryea, inventor and builder of first successful hill-climbing gasoline automobile in U.S. Duryea Drive, extending from City Park to the Pagoda, is the course used by Duryea for testing his cars, 1900-1907. — Map (db m25168) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Duryea Drive
Reading, Pennsylvania honors Charles E. Duryea Inventor and builder of America's first gasoline automobile 1892 in Springfield, Massachusetts The Duryea automobiles which were manufactured in Reading 1900 - 1911 climbed . . . — Map (db m25170) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Federal Inn
Site of Federal Inn, erected about 1754. George Washington, with military escort, was a guest here, October, 1794, when on his way to muster an armed force to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion. — Map (db m25206) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — First Reformed ChurchFounded in 1753

The heirs of Wm. Penn donated and deeded the lots to Conrad Weiser and Isaac Levan, ————Trustees.———— The first church was built of logs. Rev. Wm. Stoy, 1755, was the first . . . — Map (db m111824) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Henry A. Muhlenberg
Pastor of the Trinity Lutheran Church from 1803 to 1829; Member of Congress, 1829-38; first U.S. Minister to Austria; Candidate for governor of Pennsylvania at the time of death in 1844. His home was on this site. — Map (db m25222) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Hessian Camp
After Burgoyne's surrender, 1777, German mercenaries, mostly Hessian, were held prisoners at various places until end of war. Those brought to Reading, 1781, were encamped until 1783 in huts on the hillside a quarter-mile to the north. — Map (db m84504) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Hiester Home
Site of house occupied by Joseph Hiester from about 1792 until his death, 1832; a Lt. Col. in Continental Army; Delegate to Provincial Convention in 1776; Member of Congress for 14 years; Governor of Pennsylvania, 1820-23. — Map (db m25211) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Hunter Liggett
Born here March 21, 1857. A graduate of West Point, 1879. He held commands in the Philippines, 1899-1901 and 1915-17, and rose to the rank of Lt. Gen in 1918. On Oct. 16, 1918, he succeeded Gen. Pershing as head of the American First Army in . . . — Map (db m25214) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Jackson’s Lock and the Port of ReadingOne of the Original 120 Locks Creating the Schuylkill Navigation System
The Port of Reading was one of a number of major inland port towns located along the navigable waterways in Pennsylvania. It was at Reading that the Union Canal joined with the Schuylkill Navigation System. The Union Canal extended along the . . . — Map (db m84491) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — James Maurer(1864-1944)
Labor leader and advocate for child labor reform, pensions, and the state's first workers’ compensation act. Self-educated, Maurer was elected president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Labor from 1912-1928. He served as state legislator from . . . — Map (db m84490) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Lincoln Homestead
President Lincoln’s great-great grand-father Mordecai purchased Andrew Robeson’s land and built the stone house that stands about 1 1/4 miles south of here in 1733. Mordecai Lincoln served as Justice of the Peace of Philadelphia County from 1733 to . . . — Map (db m84505) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Penn's Common
Given in common to the citizens of Reading, in 1748, by the family of William Penn. — Map (db m25246) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Ringgold Light ArtilleryFirst Defenders
To commemorate the patriotism and promptitude of the Ringgold Light Artillery of Reading, Pennsylvania, which reported for duty at Harrisburg, April 16, 1861, arriving there first of the Pennsylvania Companies; and with the . . . — Map (db m25234) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Skew Bridge
Regarded best example of skew bridge in U.S. Designed by Richard Osborn for the P & R Railroad in 1857. Each course of the arch of 40 feet is laid in ellipsoidal curve, each stone properly curved. There is no keystone. — Map (db m84503) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Skyline Boulevard
Dedicated by The City of Reading to those citizens who in a period of economic depression labored to build this boulevard, 1932 - 1935 Mayor Heber Ermentrout Councilmen William J. Smith • George M. Yocom Jesse George • . . . — Map (db m25249) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Solomon Boscov
Founder of the family-owned department store chain. An immigrant from Russia, 1911, he came to Reading as a peddler. His first store began here after WWI and gradually expanded. New stores opened starting in 1962. In 1969 he died; thirty years . . . — Map (db m71370) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — The Federal Inn1763 - 1814
in which George Washington while President of the United States was an honored guest October 1, 1794 — Map (db m25208) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — The Pagoda
This building with 10 acres of land was given to the City of Reading by Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Mould April 21, 1911 In memory of James Matz Carpenter-Contractor & Builder and sons Chas. E. & Jas. A. Matz Designers . . . — Map (db m25229) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Thompson's Rifle Battalion: Capt. George Nagel's Company
With men enlisted from Berks County, Nagel's Company was a part of the first battalion in the colonies authorized by Congress, in June 1775. After gathering at Reading the following month, this company and other companies of the battalion marched . . . — Map (db m71371) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Trinity Lutheran Church

This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior ————————————— Beautiful . . . — Map (db m111830) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Trinity Lutheran Church Original Cemetery1751

Dedicated to all who rest in unmarked graves

One generation shall laud thy works to another... Psalm 145:4 ——————————— Under this chapel lie the remains of [Roll . . . — Map (db m111832) HM

Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Union Canal
In use, 1828-1884. It connected the Schuylkill at Reading with the Susquehanna at Middletown. About a mile east, at tip of Fritts Island, are remains of easternmost lock. It passed boats traveling to and from Philadelphia by way of Schuylkill . . . — Map (db m84489) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Union Canal
This canal was operated from 1828-1884. It connected the Schuylkill at Reading with the Susquehanna at Middletown. Remains of tow path can be seen .3 mile southeast of here, along the Tulpehocken Creek. — Map (db m84506) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Volunteer Firemen
In recognition of more than a hundred years of faithful, unselfish and often heroic service rendered by the Volunteer Firemen of the City of Reading, Pa. ——— “Greater love hath no man than this: that . . . — Map (db m25296) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Wallace Stevens(1879-1955)
A major 20th century American poet, Stevens was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his “Collected Poems” in 1955. Works such as "Bantams in Pinewoods," "Harmonium," and "The Auroras of Autumn" combined poetic language with serious . . . — Map (db m84501) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Wallace Stevens1879-1955
Birthplace of the internationally acclaimed poet. He attended Reading's High School for Boys, Harvard College and New York University Law School and combined successful careers as an insurance company executive and award winning poet. In 1955 the . . . — Map (db m84502) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — William McKinley
Born at Niles, Ohio, 1843 Enlisted in the Union Army as Private, 1861 Mustered out as Major, 1865 Elected President, 1896 Re-elected President, 1900 Died at Buffalo, N.Y. 1901 Last Public Utterances at the Pan American Exposition, . . . — Map (db m25289) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — William Strong
Eminent jurist; Member State Supreme Court, 1857-1868; Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of U.S., 1870-80; Member Electoral Commission, 1877. His law office and home stood on this site. Died, 1895. — Map (db m71372) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Woman's Christian Temperance Union Drinking FountainFor God and Home and Every Land
Erected by the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Reading Pa. for the use of the public. [Bust of] Francis E. Willard — Map (db m25269) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Robesonia — Robesonia Furnace
Founded 1794 as Reading Furnace by ironmaster George Ege. In 1845 Henry P. Robeson expanded the furnace, spurring establishment in 1855 of the town of Robesonia. Although the furnace itself ceased operation and was razed in 1927, the Georgian-style . . . — Map (db m39289) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Shartlesville — ShartlesvilleHamburg 8
Named for Colonel Peter Shartle Pioneer settler and soldier Founded 1765 — Map (db m98911) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Shillington — Thomas Mifflin
Member of the Continental Congress, a Revolutionary soldier, first Pennsylvania governor, 1790-99, lived at his estate Angelica from 1774 to 1794. The Berks County Farm and Home now occupies the site. — Map (db m84488) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Stonycreek — Flight 93 National MemorialA common field one day, a field of honor forever.
September 11, 2001 10:03 AM United Airlines Flight 93 crashes into a field two miles ahead of you, shattering the quiet of the Pennsylvania countryside. Those who rush to the scene look on in disbelief at charred trees and a smoldering crater. . . . — Map (db m100529) HM WM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Stouchsburg — John A. Shulze
Governor of Pennsylvania, 1823-1829. Born, 1775, in the old parsonage behind Christ Lutheran Church. During his terms, the State inaugurated its extensive program of internal improvements. He died at Lancaster in 1852. — Map (db m38771) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Stouchsburg — Livingood (Löwengut) Family
The Livingood family came from Switzerland to the Palatinate. Jacob and his father, John Wendell Leibengut embarked for America with the first party of Palatines, May 6, 1709 from London, England. In 1728 Jacob Sr. arrived in the Tulpehocken Valley . . . — Map (db m39285) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Stouchsburg — Marion Township Veterans Memorial
In honor of all citizens of Marion Township who served their country "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." II Timothy 4:7 — Map (db m38803) WM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Stouchsburg — Regina Leininger
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Pennsylvania (Berks County), Wernersville — George Hain
Erected to the Memory of George Hain who donated this land for church purposes. The first edifice having been erected 1735 — Map (db m39290) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Wernersville — Lerch Tavern1797
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior ——————— Union Canal Milestone A gift to honor the . . . — Map (db m39322) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Wernersville — Revolutionary War Soldiers in Hain's Church Cemetery
This tablet is in commemoration of the services of Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Hain's Church (St. John's Reformed) Cemetery at Wernersville, Pa. This tablet is dedicated in grateful recognition of their patriotism and valor. [Honor Roll . . . — Map (db m39299) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Wernersville — Wilhelm and Elizabeth Hain Fischer
Erected to the memory of Wilhelm Fischer Born in the Palatinate April 11, 1706 Arrived at Philadelphia Aug. 17, 1733 Died October 23, 1771 and his wife Elizabeth Gertrude The daughter of George and Veronica Hain Born . . . — Map (db m39298) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Womelsdorf — Charming Forge
Erected 1749; once owned by Baron Stiegel. Operated by ironmaster George Ege, 1774-1824. Hessians were employed in Revolutionary days to cut a rock channel for water supply. Site is to the north of Womelsdorf. — Map (db m84522) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Womelsdorf — Conrad Weiser
Pioneer, Indian interpreter, treaty maker, 1732-1760. The Indians called him the "Holder of the Heavens." He lived, died, and is buried on this property, now a State Park devoted to his memory. — Map (db m38777) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Womelsdorf — Home and Grave of Conrad Weiser
200 yards south from this spot is the home and grave of Conrad Weiser, Indian interpreter — Map (db m38798) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Womelsdorf — Home of Conrad Weiser, 1729-1760
Churchman, Counsellor, Soldier, Indian-Interpreter, Agent, Diplomat and First Judge of Berks County. Here were held many conferences with Indian chiefs, missionaries, colonial governors and leaders. Here were reared his children of whom the . . . — Map (db m39286) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Womelsdorf — Is this Weiser's House?
We can't be sure. We know that Conrad Weiser owned this land and lived on the property from 1729 to about 1750. And there is a strong oral tradition indicating that Weiser's house stood on this spot. But archaeology conducted in 2000 found few . . . — Map (db m39287) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Womelsdorf — Tulpehocken Path
An Indian path from Shamokin (Sunbury) came over the mts. by way of Klingerstown and Pine Grove to Weiser's place in the Tulpehocken Valley. Chiefs of the Six Nations, carrying "words of wampum" to Brother Onas (Penn) at Philadelphia, traveled this . . . — Map (db m38797) HM

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