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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

Upcoming Spring Events at the Heritage Center

Tuesday, March 9th at 7:30 PM  Barbara Cohen will give a Zoom presentation about Phoenixville’s Renaissance and introduce a new SRHC project for 2021. Tuesday, April 13th at 7:30 PM Mary Ellen Heisey, an SRHC member who serves on the Environmental Advisory Council in Schuylkill Township, and leads Bird Walks in Valley Forge National Park […]

Winter Newsletter 2021

Our winter newsletter for 2021 is available here for downloading. Winter Newsletter 2021 Winter Newsletter Insert This issue highlights recent education events. More than 40 fathers, sons and troop leaders in Troop 78 participated in a bike ride and tour of the Schuylkill River Heritage Center. The two bridges pictured here were shared by the […]

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 […]

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.