The Conrad Weiser Area

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In 1729, John Conrad Weiser, the most famous citizen of the area, joined his fellow Germans and built his homestead just east of present-day Womelsdorf. The settlement grew in the 1800s with a turnpike, a canal, a railroad, and more highways. Villages were started, and three became boroughs. Womelsdorf is the oldest borough in the western part of Berks County, while Robesonia and Wernersville were railroad towns laid out in the 1850s. Some remain villages to this day. Stouchsburg grew up around the turnpike and the canal. Charming Forge was the first industry in the area, and the village still looks like it did 200 years ago. The remaining parts of the area are rural, and some of the best growing soil is found in the Conrad Weiser area. In 1954, seven municipalities joined to form the Conrad Weiser Area School District. This book covers photographs from 1900 until the 1960s and includes all municipalities.
ISBN: 9781467123471
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Images of America
Images: 223
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authors Carl Ganster and Carl Reidler are graduates of the Conrad Weiser High School class of 1975. Carl Ganster grew up in Stouchsburg and, at an early age, had an interest in the Stouchsburg/Marion Township area. He is also the treasurer of the Tulphocken Settlement Historical Society. Carl Reidler is from Wernersville and has had an interest in the Wernersville/South Heidelberg area. He is past president of the Heidelberg Heritage Society and is active in the only Patriotic Order Sons of America lodge that meets in Robesonia. The images in this book come from the collections of both authors.
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