Five Years

Downtown Reading 1970s

Hard to believe I launched this site half a decade ago today. As with any milestone it is time to reflect on the past five years of how my content has transformed and grown.

There are currently over 7000 of you following along between email subscriptions and social media platforms. This is roughly the digital equivalent of me standing on stage of a sold-out Santander Arena every time I publish something…but I try not to think about that too much.… Read Full Article

Stokesay Castle

Stokesay Castle has been a staple  of formal dining and event space in Berks for a long time. But how does an old English castle end up nestled in the woods of Mount Penn, of all places? 

You have probably heard in passing that the place is haunted, and being a Castle on a road called Spook Lane you can’t help but hope it is.… Read Full Article

503 Penn Street

The building located at 503 Penn Street in its footprint dates back to the 1800s and has hosted numerous business 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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Bernhard Adam Cemetery

Tucked into a hill in West Reading is a quiet little cemetery that few know about.

Bernhard Adam Cemetery was established in 1744, making it one of the oldest in Berks County. Originally on the site was also a small stone meeting house, allegedly the oldest of its kind in Berks. It served as a school house and a funeral chapel.… Read Full Article

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