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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

Sustainable Forestry at Lundale Farm

Dr. Kevin Hicks, is a retired Research Leader at the USDA Research Service and Past President of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture. He currently serves on the Board at Lundale Farm. He is leading the effort to remove invasive plants, highlight its agricultural activities and regenerate its forest. Dr. Hicks will share the story […]

Heroines of the American Revolution

Dr. Nancy Loane, an SRHC member, former VF National Historical Park ranger, and the author of an award winning book “Following the Drum: Women at the Valley Forge Encampment,” will present the story of the Heroines of the American Revolution Tuesday, May 10, 2022 – 7:30 PM This will be an in person at the […]

Winter Newsletter 2022

Our Winter Newsletter is now available for downloading. Learn about the history of coal along the Schuylkill River as well as the Schuylkill River Project, the efforts to clean up the river. See snapshots of our Heritage Awards Celebration and school visits. Follow the links below to Winter-Newsletter2022 Newsletter Winter 2022 Insert

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.