503 Penn Street

The building located at 503 Penn Street in its footprint dates back to the 1800s and has hosted numerous businesses over the proceeding centuries. In 2016 this building was purchased by Weidenhammer Systems Corp and redeveloped by Muhlenberg Greene Architects.

In 1872 there was a fire which wiped out the entire north side 500 block of Penn Street. The fire originated in the Stichter’s Hardware Store building next door.… Read Full Article

C.K. Whitner’s Department Store

After 103 years in business on Penn Square, the C.K. Whitner’s department store will close in January 1981. The board of directors issued a brief statement today saying the closing was “due to declining customer traffic in downtown Reading,” but would not affect the operation of the Whitner store in the Berkshire Mall, or its Fifth and Cherry Streets store. – Eagle Photo by James R.
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Sinking Spring Area Historical Society and Heritage Park

2021 Kauffman’s BBQ Chicken Fundraiser Info:

HALF CHICKEN WITH POTATO MEAL: $8.50
ALSO AVAILABLE FOR AN ADDITIONAL COST:
Pepper Cabbage, Homemade Applesauce, Baked Beans, Baked Goods
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 from 10AM TO 2PM
Located at the Dairy Queen on Penn Avenue Sinking Spring – watch for our signs!
BENEFITS SINKING SPRING AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
FOR TICKETS  CALL KATHY AT 610-678-4219 TO GUARANTEE YOUR MEAL OR STOP BY TO PICK UP CHICKEN DINNERS WHILE THEY LAST!Read Full Article

The Trexler Mansion / Reading Elks Lodge 115

The mansion that sits at 5th and Franklin streets was built in 1869 by a man named Horatio Trexler. He used the home as a private residence for his family until his death on March 19, 1900 at 87 years of age. After his passing his two surviving children, daughters Mary Ann Eckert and Emma Keim inherited the property. In 1902 they deeded it to Mary’s son and Horatio’s grandson, William B.… Read Full Article

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