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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.

News & Events

Summer Newsletter 2020

Click here to view our Summer 2020 Newsletter.   We had a fantastic response with 270 people attending our July 16th Virtual Art & Architecture Tour! If you missed it, catch the program here on YouTube. We hope you can take a short break to explore Phoenixville’s architectural and artistic treasures.  Video of the Chester […]

2020 Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 10th at 7:30 PM David Blackburn, the Site Director at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, will present the story of the historic transatlantic connections for iron-making between Britain and the USA.

Historic Mills of our Region with Daniel Campbell

Thursday, October 15th at 7:30 PM (Rescheduled)   Daniel Campbell, President of the Society for the Preservation of Mills, will give a presentation about historic mills in Chester and Delaware Counties.

The Story of Trails and Parks with Steve Elkinton

Tuesday, November 10th at 7:30 PM (Rescheduled) – Steve Elkinton, Parks & Trails Throughout the USA featuring Steve Elkinton, who worked at the National Park Service for 36 years.  

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.