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Perkiomen Valley

The Perkiomen and Unami Creeks flow out of the hills of western Montgomery County through a historically rich and culturally diverse part of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. The Upper reaches of the Perkiomen Creek watershed are home to an early community of Mennonite, Lutheran, Catholic, Reformed, and Dunker settlers from Germany and Switzerland. These immigrants called the area the “Goschenhoppen” and today the community of East Greenville is home to a festival that celebrates the unique and fascinating cultural traditions of the region. Taking a detour onto a few of the area’s many back country roads is another great way to experience the culture and history of the Perkiomen. You’ll find hiking and bridle trails at Green Lane Park, and can walk or bike the 19-mile Perkiomen Trail from Green Lane to Valley Forge NHP. At the confluence of the Perkiomen and the Schuylkill is the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, the first American home of the acclaimed naturalist and artist.

Upriver from Mill Grove is one of the most unique places in the Heritage Area, the Schuylkill Canal in the Village of Mont Clare. The three mile long canal is one of only two stretches of the Schuylkill Navigation System that was not drained in the 1980s and features the only operating canal structure on the River. The Canal offers paddlers a beautiful flat-water experience, and is a leg in a 6-mile river/canal loop for canoeists and kayakers. You can also tour the 1836 Lock tender’s House, walk along the historic towpath, or go fishing or birding along the river and canal. Continuing upriver from the Canal is the Borough of Pottstown, the location of the Heritage Area offices and Visitor Center. High Street in Pottstown is a fast growing community of shops, galleries, and restaurants. Along the Manatawny Creek is Pottsgrove Manor, the 18th century home of ironmaster John Potts, and one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in eastern Pennsylvania.

Places to Visit in Perkiomen Valley

ArtFusion 19464

ArtFusion 19464 is a non-profit community art center offering art classes for all ages and skill levels. The gallery hosts rotating exhibits of local and national artists. ArtFusion aims...

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Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles

Discover rare and handsome vehicles you have never seen before and won’t find anywhere else. Trace the history-making evolution of road transportation into tomorrow’s high tech solutions; investigate engines,...

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Carousel at Pottstown

The carousel was built in 1905 and it’s the second oldest operating Philadelphia Toboggan Company wooden carousel in the United States. It took almost 20 years of labor and...

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Central Perkiomen Valley Park

Central Perkiomen Valley Park is an 800 acre park that extends over 10 municipalities, offering a wide variety of family activities. Visitors can enjoy a children’s playground as well...

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Colebrookdale Railroad: The Secret Valley Line

Stretching between Berks and Montgomery Counties, traversing geological formations unique to Pennsylvania and rich with Native American lore, the Colebrookdale Railroad connects the sites of the earliest iron-making industries...

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Fricks Locks Village Tours

Fricks Locks National Register Historic District is open for tours every other Saturday from May through October. Check back for 2018 tour schedule. About Fricks Locks Village The restored...

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Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc.

The Goschenhoppen Folklife Museum and the Country Store Museum, all located within, are devoted to presenting the heritage of the historic folk region called “Goschenhoppen”, an 18th century name...

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Green Lane Park

Green Lane Park offers fishing, boating, picnicking, horseback riding trails, hiking trails, mountain biking trails, family/organized group camping, equestrian camping, tennis, playgrounds, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and ice fishing....

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John James Audubon at Mill Grove

Today, 175 acres of Mill Grove’s original estate remains largely as Audubon found it – a haven for birds and wildlife. The property boasts more than seven miles of...

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Lower Perkiomen Valley Park

Lower Perkiomen Valley Park is a sylvan setting of 107 acres at the confluence of the Perkiomen Creek and Schuylkill River. The Perkiomen Trail and Schuylkill River Trails intersect...

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Manatawny Green Mini Golf

Manatawny Green Miniature Golf is a recreational facility in the Borough of Pottstown. The course occupies what was formerly a long-vacant industrial lot. It was transformed into a green...

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Mennonite Heritage Center

The Mennonite Heritage Center tells the story of the Mennonite faith and life in southeastern Pennsylvania. It houses permanent and changing exhibits, a fraktur gallery, historical library, and a...

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Montgomery County Community College West Campus

Montgomery County Community College West Campus is located in Pottstown along College Drive, across from the Schuylkill River Heritage Area headquarters. The college is partnering with the Heritage Area...

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Pennypacker Mills

Pennypacker Mills offers a unique opportunity to experience the pleasures of country life in the 1900’s when the Governor of Pennsylvania lived across the Perkiomen Creek from the Borough...

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Perkiomen Trail

The 19-mile Perkiomen Trail runs through the Perkiomen Creek Valley from its junction with the Schuylkill River Trail at Oaks, Upper Providence Township to the largest County Park, Green...

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Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy

The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy is a nonprofit organization founded in 1964 by local citizens to combat pollution in the Perkiomen Creek and its tributaries. We provide an integrated approach...

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Peter Wentz Farmstead

The Peter Wentz Farmstead was established by Peter and Rosanna Wentz, who began farming here in 1744. By 1758, they had completed the large, Georgian style stone house that...

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Pottsgrove Manor

The manor house exemplifies the restrained elegance of early Georgian architecture popular with wealthy English gentry during the mid-18th century. Built in 1752, the mansion was situated on a...

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Pottstown Riverwalk

The Pottstown RiverWalk is a trail located in Riverfront Park that connects to the park’s existing Schuylkill River Trail, creating a one-mile loop trail through a wooded area and...

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River of Revolutions Interpretive Center

Learn about the role the Schuylkill River region played in three revolutions: the American, Industrial and Environmental. The center features fun, interactive exhibits, as well as maps, video monitors,...

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Schuylkill Canal Lock 60

Lock 60 of the Schuylkill Canal is one of only two sections of the Schuylkill Navigation System that are still watered, and the only operating lock remaining on the...

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Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center

Experience Pennsylvania German Culture through exhibits of folk art and history, at the only institution preserving and interpreting the story of the Schwenkfelders. The center features a history gallery...

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Take it Outdoors Adventures

Take it Outdoors Adventure Group organizes group Kayaking, Hiking, Backpacking, Camping & Bike Rides, and many other outdoor adventures. Their mission is to help people meet new people, learn...

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Upper Schuylkill Valley Park

The Schuylkill River in Upper Providence Township forms a natural backdrop to this 15-acre display of wild animals and raptors indigenous to Pennsylvania. Picnicking and fishing are popular along...

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