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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

Buy a brick and support Renaissance Park!

Honor a friend or family member by purchasing an engraved brick with their name. Bricks will be featured in the Gathering Place at Renaissance Park for all to see. Contributions will help support the Schuylkill River Heritage Center’s preservation of the park and mural.   Please see attached flyer for contribution details. Gathering Place Buy-a-Brick […]

Hello again! We are now open!

To All Our Members and Friends and Visitors: The Schuylkill River Heritage Center is now open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Respecting the PA guidelines, six visitors are allowed to enter at the same time. Masks and social distancing are required. No reservations are needed and our docents are […]

The Story of Trails and Parks with Steve Elkinton

Steve Elkinton, is a landscape architect with a degree from the University of PA and 36 years of service with the National Park Service. He now serves of the Board of the National Trails Partnership. He will present the Story of Parks and Trails Throughout the USA Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:30 PM This […]

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.