30 12, 2022

Heiner’s Wissel on Neversink Mountain

2022-12-30T08:45:47-04:00December 30th, 2022|History, Landmarks|Comments Off on Heiner’s Wissel on Neversink Mountain

The city of Reading is bounded on the west by the Schuylkill River, on the east by Mount Penn, and on the south by Neversink Mountain. Overlooking the city on Mount Penn are two landmarks, a Japanese-style pagoda, and the William Penn Memorial [...]

21 05, 2022

Civilian Conservation Corps

2022-05-21T06:38:31-04:00May 21st, 2022|History, Landmarks|Comments Off on Civilian Conservation Corps

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public relief program for unemployed men ages 18 to 24 to provide unskilled manual labor for conservation and development of natural resources beginning in 1933. President Roosevelt promoted the CCC for youth unable to find jobs [...]

3 09, 2021

Bernhart’s Dam, Lake, and Park

2021-09-03T17:06:43-04:00September 3rd, 2021|Landmarks, Nature & Outdoors|Comments Off on Bernhart’s Dam, Lake, and Park

Bernhart's dam and lake has existed on an extensive Spring Valley acreage since 1796. The dam was originally constructed for a grist mill. John S. Bernhart acquired the mill tract in 1832. He enlarged the dam, built a new mill and then added [...]

23 04, 2021

Trexler Mansion – Elks Lodge – 46 South Fifth Street

2021-06-04T12:03:20-04:00April 23rd, 2021|Landmarks|0 Comments

The Horatio Trexler Mansion was built in 1869 in the French Second Empire style. The French Second Empire manner strove to imitate the French baroque elegance of the new architecture in Napoleon Ill's Paris. The small decorative porch to shelter callers - not for [...]

25 03, 2021

Building of Skyline Drive Wall a WPA Project

2021-06-04T12:05:08-04:00March 25th, 2021|Landmarks|0 Comments

The roads that wind around Mount Penn to the Pagoda are lined with a stone wall that was built from 1932 to 1934. The original building of the wall was funded and constructed by the Federal government under the Administration of President Franklin [...]

23 02, 2021

Northwest corner of Sixth and Penn Streets – Hotel Penn

2021-06-04T12:05:10-04:00February 23rd, 2021|Hotels, Landmarks|0 Comments

The northwest corner property at Sixth and Penn Streets of former Outlot No. 8 of the original town plan of Reading was originally sold by the Penns in 1749 to John Epler. Two years later John’s brother Adam was listed as owner. In [...]

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