Category: Wernersville

  • Wernersville Train Station

    Wernersville’s passenger rail history began in June of 1857 when the Lebanon Valley Railroad initiated service from Reading to Lebanon. Service was extended all the way to Harrisburg the following year when the Lebanon Valley Railroad was bought out by the Philadelphia and Reading Company (later became Reading Railroad).  The first Wernersville train station was…

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  • Pensupreme Soda Machine

    Pensupreme Soda Machine Mystery

    A reader wrote to me regarding a piece in their possession which was once used by Penn Dairy for trade shows. It is an automated soda fountain with characters which move when plugged in. It still functions and as you can see from the photos below appears to be in impeccable condition. Roughly three feet…

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  • The Grand View Sanatorium; a Century of Tragedy

    There is a dense, dark atmosphere on the windy roads that once led to old sanatoriums that graced the wooded South Mountain below Wernersville. If you have ever driven around up there after nightfall you probably know what I mean. The mountain is rich with history, but the oldest and some of the most frightening…

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  • Wernersville High

    Wernersville High School

    Until 1858, the school at Hain’s Church was the only school available to residents of theWernersville area. The first grade school in the town was built in 1858. In the 1860s,another school was erected in the west portion of the town. In 1893 a two story building, serving as both an elementary and a high…

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  • Galen Hall Resort Fire

    “South Mountain, in the mid-19th century, became a popular place for venture capitalists to open resorts”, said Paul Miller, a Sinking Spring historian who has studied the mountain’s history. It was believed that the fresh mountain air out in that area had powers of restoration. “People were building up there because of the mountain air…

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  • On this Day, May 10th 1970

    Above the fold in the May 10th, 1970 Reading Eagle  

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