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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

Heritage Award Celebration Honoring David and Susan Meadows

Celebrate our 13th Heritage Award Celebration October 13, 2022 5:30 – 8:00 PM We are honoring David & Susan Meadows to recognize their dedicated leadership service and longtime commitment to preserve Phoenixville’s historic legacy and their initiating many community betterment activities. This special event will take place at The Foundry 2 N. Main Street in […]

Summer Newsletter 2022

Our Summer Newsletter is now available for downloading. Learn about the historic Phoenix Wheel project and this year’s Heritage Award Celebration Honorees David and Susan Meadows. Newsletter Summer 2022_ Newsletter Event Insert 2022

The Industrial Village at Valley Forge

Dorothy Bedford is a member of the Schuylkill River Heritage Center Board of Directors and also serves on the Schuylkill Township Historic Commission. She will present the untold story of The Industrial Village at Valley Forge. Tuesday, September 13, 2022 – 7:30 PM This will be an in-person event at the Schuylkill River Heritage Center […]

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.