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The Schuylkill River Heritage Center is an historic gateway to northern Chester County that provides information about places of interest to visit throughout the county. It also highlights the Schuylkill River’s resources from Pottsville to Philadelphia.

Historic artifacts and large murals showcase the industrial legacy of the Schuylkill River and the former Phoenix Iron and Steel company. Constantly running videos give visitors a comprehensive overview of the region’s resources and its history.

The Phoenix Iron Company Foundry, built in 1882, is home to the Schuylkill River Heritage Center. We are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm. On First Fridays, we are also open from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Virtual Museum Tour – Part 1

Virtual Museum Tour – Part 2

 

News & Events

Birds Along the River

Please join us… Mary Ellen Heisey, a knowledgeable and avid avian enthusiast, a member of Schuylkill Township’s Environmental Advisory Council and the Schuylkill River Heritage Center will present Birds Along the River Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 7:30 PM This will be a ZOOM Presentation and the link is provided here. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81727033435 Printable Flyer Birds […]

More Upcoming Spring Events at the Heritage Center

Tuesday, May 11th at 7:30 PM The Schuylkill River Heritage Center will host a special program that celebrates Phoenixville’s Multi-Cultural and Multi-Color Historic Legacy. We hope that this will be able to be an in-person event. The SRHC has been open since September and continues to welcome visitors. No groups larger than 6 people at […]

Phoenixville’s Renaissance by Barbara Cohen

If you missed Barbara Cohen’s Zoom presentation about Phoenixville’s Renaissance, follow this link for a recording of the ZOOM session. Learn more about the important architectural and historical features of Phoenixville, and efforts to restore the Foundry.

Discover the Foundry’s History

Learn the history of the Foundry building and its place in Phoenixville since 1882.

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Explore the Past Along the River

Travel the Schuylkill River and explore scenes from its industrial past, learn how the river plays an important role in the development of the area.

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Historical Significance

Samuel Reeves’ designs for the Phoenix Column Tower (the Centennial Tower) became the inspiration for the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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Schuylkill River Heritage Center

This history/geography app will give you the opportunity to learn about our area as you are driving, hiking, or biking. Included are points of interest from Valley Forge National Historical Park along the Schuylkill River to Spring City and Royersford. It includes all of the Phoenixville Borough, Schuylkill, East Pikeland, Charlestown, and West Pikeland Townships. It includes photography and descriptive information of more than 80 historic places in the region.