Over 150 years ago, when iron ore was discovered right under the streets of our quaint, historic town, Boyertown began its tradition of making things. Soon the town was bustling with everything from cigars produced from local tobacco, carriages and other vehicles used on local farms, caskets that became world renown, and some of the first car and truck bodies manufactured in America.
As the centuries passed, Boyertown evolved into the impeccably preserved, walkable, charming place you see today. The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles features vehicles made right in town. Taylor Backes, Dancing Tree Creations and Studio B display fine art, glass and works of regional and national artists. You can also taste, and learn how to cook, local food and delight in local wines considered some of the best on the East Coast. And even though it was not produced in Boyertown, the Colebrookdale Railroad was completely restored here, to its 1920s grandeur!
In Person Introduction: Begin your adventure with an intriguing 30 minute in-person introduction to Historic Boyertown. Select from conference type seating, a walking tour, or other option that best suits your group.
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Too young to remember the original roadside diners and Sunoco gas stations that dotted the American roadside? See these, along with buggies, carriages, wagons, trolleys, and truck bodies manufactured in Boyertown, first at the 1872 Jeremiah Sweinhart Carriage Factory and later at the Boyertown Body Works, now both part of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles. Guided or self-guided tours are available and can be complemented with a special event.
Learn to blow glass, or watch breathlessly while the artists at Taylor Backes create exquisite pieces of art glass in a unique studio dedicated to the creation of fine, functional, architectural, and sculptural designs. While they are working the molten glass, and you are admiring the results, you will be learning about the world of glass, and the many ways to tap its creative potential. Both demonstrations and classes are available.
Dancing Tree Creations – Artisans Gallery and Studio
To create a shop that is an absolute visual bonanza, Dancing Tree’s creators took early retirement to bring together one of a kind works from more than 200 local, regional and national artists, along with Lyn’s “Dancing Trees.” They want visitors to know who created the work, and how it was made to make a special connection every time a piece is viewed, worn or used. A studio is available for demonstrations, art talks and classes.
Growing apples, peaches, cherries and more, Frecon Farms has been a local institution for over 70 years. Now in its third generation of owners, Frecon uses local ingredients to bake pies, cookies, bread, and more, fresh daily. The Cidery allows Frecon producers to test their chops with heirloom apple varieties, a collection now complemented with locally produced wines. Choose a cooking class to see how it’s all done.
Enjoy a gallery talk, a unique exhibit, or art class at Studio B which serves as the local hub for participation and enjoyment of the arts. The Gallery’s “On the Road” exhibit showcases work of regional artists who were provided with consistently sized canvases on which to illustrate their creativity in their current art medium, in an exhibit that celebrates the diversity of media and styles in local works.
Watch a true culinary artist at work as Sherry of the Simply Sherry Bakery, reveals uniquely designed dramatic artistry in buttercream frosting. Even when working previously in finance, she spent time with pastry chefs learning her incredible craft before coming home to Boyertown to delight patrons with unicorn cakes, Cinderella cakes, wedding cakes and Pennsylvania Dutch treats.
The Other Farm and Forge
Boyertown’s own craft brewery has grown from a sleepy little café to an entertainment venue with a delicious unique menu, including traditional Pennsylvania favorites and artisan productions served in both small plate and full meal sizes. In addition to brewing their own classic beers with locally grown hops, the Other Farm and Forge offers ciders, wines and meads produced by artisans throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Colebrookdale Railroad – The Secret Valley Line
Experience the fully restored 1920s railroad that connects visitors to the history, beauty, geology, and nature, of one of the most beautiful, unspoiled valleys in America. You’ll learn the story of the Secret Valley Line, traveling through the timeless landscape that looks much like it did when the first iron-willed, ironmasters ventured to the Boyertown area to build their lives and fortunes in a region where iron ore lay right under the surface of the ground.