Schuylkill River

Schuylkill River Heritage Corridor

schuykillriver_posterFrom the headwaters to the confluence with the Delaware, discover the exciting stories of those who helped found a nation and made Philadelphia the leading industrial city of the 19th century

The Urban Gateway…

schu_fairmountparkThe story of the Schuylkill River Valley begins with Philadelphia, the great port city of colonial America. The legacy of those early days is still alive at sites likeIndependence National Historical Park, Fort Mifflin, and Historic Bartram’s Garden. In the nation’s largest landscaped park, Fairmount Park, discover Boathouse Row, the Philadelphia Waterworks and the Philadelphia Museum of Art and enjoy walking, bicycling or roller-blading on miles of pathways.

Industry and Revolution…

schu_kilnAt Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, experience village life in a furnace town that was founded in 1771. Discover the stories of other early industries in the mill towns along the Schuylkill – the iron industry in Phoenixville, paper in Germantown, and textiles in Manayunk. Ride on the Schuylkill River Trail Bikeway between Philadelphia and Valley Forge National Historical Park, site of the 1777-78 winter encampment.

The “Breadbasket” of the American Colonies…

PittsburghThe fertile soil along the Schuylkill led immigrants upriver, where today you can discover a rich blend of the distinctive cultures whose farms fed the region and those far beyond. Visit Daniel Boone Homestead,Pottsgrove Manor and historic Reading. Wander the back roads to experience today’s agricultural villages, and don’t miss the Berks County Heritage Center, which offers an extraordinary glimpse into the agricultural heritage of the region.

A Ceaseless Demand For Coal…

The discovery of coal dramatically changed the physical and cultural landscape of the Schuylkill headwaters. To experience the richness of the coal region, visit Pottsville, Tamaqua, and communities along the Mahanoy Valley & Route 54 Corridor. Explore a real coal mine at Ashland Pioneer Tunnel, and visit the Museum of Anthracite Mining at Ashland. And look for the visible features of the Schuylkill Navigation Company canal system along the river in Schuylkill Haven, Port Clinton, Leesport, Mont Clare, and Manayunk.