Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles was named, “One of America’s most interesting, most informative vehicle museums”. It exhibits vehicles manufactured in southeastern Pennsylvania from the 18 Th, 19 Th, and 20th centuries. Many of the manufacturers’ names may be unfamiliar, but all were made right in the state.
The collection of over 75 rare and unique vehicles includes bicycles, carriages, sleighs, and wagons. There are electric, gases and steam powdered vehicles in addition to vehicle assembly tools. Electric powered vehicles produced back to 1910 are displayed.
An 1827 Conestoga wagon built in Berks county PA is a recent addition to the collection. These wagons were the primary freight haulers prior to trucking. The displayed wagon transported grain from Berks County to Philadelphia stopping at Reading on the return.
A new exhibit of Fegely’s Reading Diner will be unveiled on November 2nd. The 1921 Sunoco Diner is complete with two Fry Visible Gas pumps, a kerosene pump, an oil pump, and signage. The Sunoco station operated in Strausstown PA starting in the 1940’s. Shepard Steel buildings built the 1921 cottage-style gas station.
Vehicles manufactured in Pennsylvania started with horse drawn vehicles. Motor vehicles were later produced with the example of Boyertown Auto Body. Co-founded by B. Frank Hafer they designed and built truck bodies. Paul Hafer established the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles in 1965.
9:30 AM-4:00 PM all year Tuesday – Sunday.
Closed during major holidays
There is free parking, a museum store with nearby food and lodging.
$6:.00 adults with reduced rates for seniors, students and children
85 South Walnut Street
The borough of Boyertown is 17 miles east of Reading and 48 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Its population is 4,055. Reading is the 5th most populated city in the state with 88,082 population. Its name was from the Reading Railroad that transported anthracite coal from the coal region of Pennsylvania. The coals destination was the eastern states of the US via the Port of Philadelphia. During the French and Indian War Reading was the site for a military fort with others along the Blue Mountains. Reading had a military supply depot during the Revolutionary War.
The regions original inhabitants were the native Lenni Lenape Indians better known as Delaware Indians. Emigrants from southern and western Germany settled the area. The Pennsylvanian German dialect was used in the area up to the 1950’s. Reading has been known as ‘The Pretzel City’ with three large bakeries in the city.
Boyertown is a 5 hour drive of 300 miles from Rochester NY. First drive east on I-90 Thruway to Syracuse, then US 81 south past the New York border into Pennsylvania. Continue to Scranton on US 81 then US 476 to Allentown, and route 100 to Boyertown.
A visitor to Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles made the following comment.
“This museum is so worth the trip, as it is not far from Reading, Pennsylvania.”