Heritage Festival celebrates 150th Birthday of the ‘Red Bridge’

Hundreds of Berks County residents learn about local history Saturday during the Berks County Heritage Center’s 36th annual Heritage Festival. The one day event featured an abundance of activities including musical entertainment, crafts, displays, demonstrations, great food, and more.

Stephanie Grace performs on stage at the Heritage Festival

Sunday’s activities throughout the day feature a carriage and wagon show; draft horse driving activities; an antique auto display of vehicles 1959 and older; on stage performances by Stephanie Grace and Wahoo Medicine Show and Phydeaux’s Flying Flea circus with George Esparza; Matt Dodd’s historical music programs at the Canal Center, children’s pedal tractor pull coordinated by the Old Time Plow Boys Club and Red Bridge talks with Fred Moll.

1920’s hit and miss engine demonstration.
- Advertisement -

In addition to the festival, Berks Parks Department also celebrated the 150th Birthday of Wertz’s “Red” Bridge. Built in 1867 by Amandas Knerr the bridge is named (Wertz) after the man who operated a grist mill along the west bank of the creek. It is the longest single span covered bridge in Pennsylvania.

Blacksmiths stoke the fire for the day.

Several arts and crafts vendors and antique farm equipment were onsite for spectators enjoy. The festival also included history of the Lenni Lenape Indians shared by Darius Puff, guitar workshops with Butch Imhoff, and storytelling by Karen Terri Ludwig. Plus, tours of the Hiester Canal Center, Gruber Wagon Works, and Melcher’s Grist Mill.

Reading Magazine
Thanks for supporting an independent, locally owned publication. Be sure to tell your friends about us!
- Advertisement -

The Latest

Mangia! in Mohnton offers unique table-side cheese wheel pasta experience

Like Mamma says, "Mangia!". Serving the same traditional recipes for more than 30 years, Mangia! Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria...

Indigenous Culture: The Preservation and Preservers

With Thanksgiving on Thursday, National Native American Heritage Day on Friday and Indigenous Peoples’ Month coming to a close,...

Casino Night at The Heritage of Green Hills Raises 7k for Heritage Resident Benefit Fund

Casino Night returned to The Heritage of Green Hills, complete with blackjack, roulette, craps, slots, Texas hold ‘em, and...

Related Articles