Early in 1872, a newspaper advertisement announced that J. Sweinhart had opened a new carriage factory near the Mt. Pleasant Seminary for the manufacture of carriages, buggies, spring wagons and sleighs. His carriage factory still stands proudly as part of the Boyertown Auto Body Works, which operated until 1990, and was then transformed into the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles. Not only are Mr. Sweinhart’s carriages on display alongside blacksmithing demonstrations on a working brick forge, there are examples of all the other vehicles made over the years by Boyertown Auto Body Works — gasoline, electric and horse-drawn vehicles, carriages, wagons, and sleighs.
High wheeler and safety bicycles, trolleys, original commercial car and truck bodies, and immaculately restored cars round out the collection. Since almost all of our vehicles were built in Pennsylvania, you will see things on display at the Museum that are so rare you simply will not be able to see them anywhere else! There’s even a 1921 Sunoco gas station and the 1938 restored Fegely’s Diner, which once stood in nearby Reading. Be sure to check if the Museum is holding one of its popular events while you’re in town: The Truck Stops Here – Mobile Madness, Diner Days, or Duryea Day, which fills the Boyertown Community Park with show cars annually.
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