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 [...]

1 05, 2021

Boy Scouts of America – The Reading and Reading-Berks County Councils

2021-06-04T12:03:19-04:00May 1st, 2021|Nature & Outdoors, Organizations-Institutions|0 Comments

The Reading Council, which would in time become the Daniel Boone Council, was established in March 1916, when Woodrow Wilson was president and World War I was underway in Europe. The United States would enter the war the following year, three years after [...]

20 02, 2021

Stonecliffe Park – Tulpehocken Creek Valley Parkway

2021-06-04T12:05:11-04:00February 20th, 2021|Nature & Outdoors|0 Comments

The Tulpehocken Creek Valley Parkway is a long linear park situated along the Tulpehocken Creek. This parkway along the stream incorporates several area parks including Stonecliffe, The Leisure Area, Gring’s Mill, Red Bridge Park, and The Heritage Center. Each park is distinct with [...]

17 12, 2020

Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

2021-06-04T12:09:08-04:00December 17th, 2020|Nature & Outdoors|0 Comments

In the early 1900s, when hosiery mogul Jacob Nolde acquired the land on which Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center now stands, there was only one white pine tree growing among the grassy meadow. He hired an Austrian forester to create an entire forest [...]

4 06, 2020

Reading City Park – Penn’s Common

2020-06-07T16:36:41-04:00June 4th, 2020|Landmarks, Nature & Outdoors|0 Comments

Film of City Park, Penn's Common, 1929 showing old bandstand and prison. Water-Works, Prison, and Fairgrounds Reading City Park at the head of Penn Street was set apart as early as 1749 by John and Richard Penn as public commons that [...]

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