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Bethel A.M.E. Church and Marker image, Touch for more information
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
Bethel A.M.E. Church and Marker
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
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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

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