Thursday, December 3, 2020

Small Town Surprise: Hamburg, PA

I love this small Americana town: 
Hamburg, PA
Named by Pennsylvania Germans after Hamburg, Germany.

This Berks County small town is big on charm. 
It has a historic district of over 400 buildings! 
That's a lot of charm. 

There's also railroad charm at the 
Reading Railroad Heritage Museum 
which is sure to please the railroad buff. 

But the most charming spot I found was the 
Adams and Bright Drug Store c.1902
which installed a soda fountain in 1927.

This Adams and Bright Drug Store retains so much of the old time feel 
with valuable shelf space 
reserved for antique pharmaceutical paraphernalia. 

Other shelves are lined with candies, 
small gifts, toys and sundries. 
I just loved it there. 

In the very back you can get your 
modern day prescriptions filled. 
Why in the world would you go to 
CVS or Walgreens? 

While there, I didn't have a fountain soda, 
but I did have Heisler's ice cream 
in a waffle cone. 
(Due to Covid, there is no indoor seating, 12/20.)

This town is uniquely located 
near Cabella's, Yuengling Brewery, 
the Appalachian Trail, the Schuylkill River
and lots of state game lands 
near the Pocono foothills. 
So there are lots of outdoor activities nearby.

Get yourself to Hamburg and visit the Adams and Bright Drug Store 
for a fountain soda.

Adams and Bright
306 State Street
Hamburg, PA 19526

Saturday, November 21, 2020

A Visit to Historic Boyertown, Pennsylvania


Welcome to Pennsylvania's 'Americana Region' 
which in part includes Boyertown, Berks County. 

When I think of Boyertown, 
I think of the Colebrookdale Railroad, 
historic structures, 
and bears. 


The railroad was created for the iron ore industry 
at about the time of the US Civil War. 
Today it serves as a tourist railroad. 


I love the neat architecture throughout Main Street. 
You can do an audio walking tour 
with this QR code. 


I previously visited 
the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles 
which was fun and interesting. 


While in town 
be sure to stop in Taylor Backes - 
you may even get to see glassblowing in progress. 


I don't think that there is 
much else to do in Boyertown, 
but you can certainly extend 
your trip into other nearby communities.


Oh, about the bears, 
I didn't mean real ones. 
I meant painted ones 
that sit throughout the town. 
You can see 2 in the photo below. 

Boyertown is safe enough 
considering that most crime here is property related. 
So remember to lock up! 

You can view all the images from this trip here. 

I've greatly reduced my social media presence 
after watching The Social Dilemma. 
Highly recommended.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Day Trip to Paterson's Great Falls National Historical Park

A large waterfall exists in Paterson NJ 
and was used to spur the Industrial Revolution here
by powering the mills in town.

The falls are touted as the largest, 
as measured by volume,
 east of the Mississippi River - 
second only to Niagara Falls. 

They are also the centerpiece 
for a National Historic Park. 
Alexander Hamilton 
is credited with the vision 
of creating an industrial city 
in Paterson to help 
support our young nation. 

Hamilton founded the City of Paterson in 1792 
and manufacturing businesses
based on hydro-power evolved. 

Today,  the falls are a means of renewable energy 
produced at a hydro-electric plant on the property.  

The falls are within 20 miles of 
New York City, 
if that's your kind of thing. 
I am so done with New York. 

 I preferred visiting 

former home to 
a silk manufacturer. 

The Paterson Museum 
has collections documenting 
the city's industrial history. 

Hinchcliffe Stadium 
built 1932 
is undergoing restoration. 

Regrettably I did not visit these places 
so I added them to my bucket list. 

Dey Mansion 
built in the 1770s. 

Saddle River County Park 
has a walking and cycling trail 7 miles long, 
which takes you over five different bridges.

Garrett Mountain Reservation 
is said the be an easy place spot 
many species of birds.

Paterson City Hall and 
the County Courthouse 
are of architectural interest. 

Note:  I did not feel completely safe in Paterson City, 
so stick to the tourist locations and be aware.

 My galleries for Paterson NJ are here: