POTTSTOWN PA – Nine local non-profit organizations that teach about and promote the extensive history of Montgomery, Berks, and Chester counties have joined for what they say is a unique public offering. This weekend (Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24, 2023), they’ll provide a self-guided tour of, and have planned related activities at, each of their sites and facilities.
The “Fall Into History” Tour, as it’s being billed, will be held both days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It features the:
- Boyertown Area Historical Society,
- East Vincent Historical Commission,
- Historic Trappe,
- Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
- Lower Pottsgrove Historical Society,
- Limerick Township Historical Society,
- Pottstown Historical Society,
- Pottsgrove Manor, and
- Spring-Ford Area Historical Society.
“What better way to spend a fall afternoon than traveling through scenic Berks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties to explore local history sites?,” the groups collectively ask in their materials. They’re encouraging the public to “take part in a first-ever multi-historic site tour event for our local area.”
Advance registration for tickets to the event has closed, but tickets for the entire tour remain available at each of the participating organizations. They cost $12 per vehicle, and are valid for both days. That means you can pack the kids into the sports utility wagon and hit the road for a variety of adventures during the two-day period.
“Twelve local sites included for a one-price per car admission to all. That’s less than a dollar per site!,” the groups reported.
Visitors will have opportunities to see sites that have never before been open and available to the public. They include the William and Mordecai Evans House in Linfield (above), newly-acquired by the Limerick Township Historical Society; and Bahr’s Mill (at top), an 1897 woodworking mill that retains its original equipment, much of which is still operating. It was recently purchased by the Boyertown Area Historical Society.
Guests “will be offered behind-the-scenes glimpses,” as well a chance to see historic artifacts not usually on display at several sites, according to the promotion.
Because the history tour is self-guided (visit any site in any order, and maybe enjoy a picnic lunch en route?), the ticket is actually a map showing all sites and their locations. Each rider in ticketed vehicles will receive their own copies of a brochure with information about what they can find, where, and why it’s locally significant.