Econo Lodge Northeast
2310 Fraver Dr.
Reading, PA 19605
Phone: (610) 378-1145
Fax: (610) 372-1242
Arts & Museums
The Historical Society of Berks County & Museum was established in 1869 and offers a deep insight into the history of the region. There are more that 20000 artifacts, some of which include art works by local artists and rare horse drawn wagons.
The Lerch Tavern was constructed in 1797 and is a two-story rectangular-shaped structure built in limestone. Over the span of years, it has gained significance as a historic tavern and inn in Werners Ville. It is the headquarters to the Heidelberg Heritage Society. Provisions are made for guided tours and ample parking facilities to ensure the well-being of large groups. The tavern has period rooms furnished with stellar antiques and vintage belongings. It is an important museum and also home to a non-circulating reading library.
Roadside America features a mini-model of American landscape complete with rail roads, hills, buildings, churches, school, forests, pretty much everything! Housed in a property of about 8,000 square feet (740 square meters), it was set up by Laurence Gieringer in 1935. An expansive piece of work that Gieringer kept adding to ever since its establishment, Roadside America remains largely unperturbed since 1963 owing to Gieringer's death that same year.
A museum rich with history, the Bahr Mill Complex was built in 1897 to house Jacob Bahr’s woodworking and grit mill business. Today, the mill has been completely restored to give visitors a chance to view the historical equipment used by the family. Don’t forget to visit the museum shop on your way out and pick up some very cool souvenirs like the miniature hay rake exactly like the rake used by Lawrence Bahr. The mill is open only on summer weekends from 11:00a to 4:00p, and all other times by appointment.
Built in the 1700s by Paul Gemberling, one of the earliest German settlers in the community, the property Gemberling-Rex House comprises of the half-timbered house, a bake oven, a smoke house and an incompletely built stone barn. Located in Schaefferstown, within a township called Heidelberg, PA, the Rex House forms an important landmark and represents the village origins and underlying culture. Now managed and owned by Historic Schaefferstown, Inc it is open to public for informative tours every Tuesday from 1p to 4p.