Distelfink Freeze aka Rigg’s Drive In was another 1950s and 60s refreshment establishment and was located near Fleetwood. It was located on route 222 roughly 2 miles southwest of Kutztown.
The building pictured above at Franklin and Washington Streets in Fleetwood in 1966 served as the Fleetwood Fire Company’s station and social quarters since it was erected in 1928. It was built at the cost of $65,000. The auditorium was used as a theatre, at least in the 60s and showed films for the community.… Read Full Article
The Glockenspiel was a landmark Pennsylvania Dutch restaurant in northern Berks County. It originally dated back to 1751, built as a two-story farmhouse and later added on dining facilities and offices. It was located along Route 222 between Fleetwood and Kutztown. The restaurant specialized in Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine, and served a famed fruit & cheese tray with dinner. It also had a gift shop and the “Dutch Tavern” which was a bar area.… Read Full Article
Fleetwood Centennial Celebration
Fleetwood was founded in 1873, and celebrated it’s first 100 years which a week’s worth of festivities between August 19th to 26th, 1973. They held a large parade down Main Street, Fleetwood. The video above shows a great deal of that very parade. The welcome sign pictured below, pays homage to Fleetwood’s Pennsylvania Dutch roots. It translates to, “Welcome to Fleetwood, over three thousand people reside here.” … Read Full Article
The Fleetwood Hill Climb was an event that took place over 10 years from 1961 to 1971 on Labor Day weekend. Some of the best cars in the region came to partake in this race. Hillclimbing is a branch of motorsport in which drivers compete against the clock to complete an uphill course. This event was wildly popular during this time period, and with many of the racers being locals, it was a fun experience for all involved.… Read Full Article