Berks County Almshouse

Berks County Almshouse

The Berks County Almshouse was located just outside of Shillington along route 724 or Philadelphia Avenue. The land on which the Almshouse was built in 1824 was owned by Governor Thomas Mifflin. His actual residence, the location of which has been long debated amongst local historians, was rumored to be one of the buildings on the Almshouse grounds.

Berks County Almshouse
Looking west at route 724/Philadelphia Avenue roughly where the entrance to Shillington Park is today

The Berks County Almshouse opened officially in 1826, when a state law was passed requiring every county in the state of Pennsylvania to have a “poorhouse”.… Read Full Article

Antietam Valley Shopping Center

Antietam Valley Shopping Center
Pictured in 1969

The Antietam Valley Shopping Center was built in 1961 along St. Lawrence Avenue and Perkiomen Avenue on the edge of St. Lawrence and Mt. Penn. At the time of the picture above in 1969 various smaller stores included a state store, beer distributor, pastry shop, Merchants, insurance and more. Larger anchors included Woolworth’s and Pantry Pride. The strip mall was renovated in 1990.… Read Full Article

Robesonia High School

Robesonia High
Robesonia High School
Robesonia High pictured in 1955

The high School was built in 1916 and located at 129 W. Penn Avenue in Robesonia. Its history is one of the more elusive as there is almost no information about it online. If you have anything to contribute to the article, feel free to leave a comment below.

Robesonia High School
Robesonia High Library 1956

In 1955, the boroughs of Wernersville, Womelsdorf, Robesonia, and townships of Marion, Heidelberg, North Heidelberg, and South Heidelberg came together to create the Conrad Weiser Joint School District.… Read Full Article

6th & Penn Street Reading

6th & Penn Street Reading
6th & Penn Street Reading

Pictured above is 6th & Penn Streets in 1949. On the immediate right is Pomeroy’s Department Store. A block north in the background is the Berks County Court House. All of the buildings between the photographer and the Court house were razed in the 1970s as a part of downtown Reading’s revitalization efforts. Can you identify any of the businesses along the east side of North 6th Street?… Read Full Article

West Lawn Printing – Then & Now – 1975

West Lawn Printing
West Lawn Printing
2438 Penn Avenue in 1975
Google Street View 2019

In 1975 a printing company sat at 2438 Penn Avenue (now 2834). It is now home to Zhuang’s Garden, a local Chinese food eatery. Zhuang’s Garden has been there since 2005. It is unclear when West Lawn Printing closed or if there was any other business in the building between.

West Lawn Printing
Bonus picture of the staff at West Lawn Printing

According to Linda Reber on our facebook page.,… Read Full Article