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There are 2 bars, 2 churches, a small convenient store, an auction barn, and a furniture factory in this town of less than 1,000 inhabitants. If you ever find yourself crossing this out of the way territory, be sure to stop in one of the 2 bars for a Yuengling Lager, brewed in Pottstown, PA. Your choices of establishments are The Freeburg Hotel, and The Empire Hotel. If you're lucky, it'll be wing night, usually Wednesday's, and you can enjoy a chicken wing feast for a buck or two. The prices on both beer and liquor are dirt cheap. Keep in mind these are small town bars and expect to be greeted with nothing other than several looks of confusion from the regular patrons who will loose sleep over wondering who the stranger was that came to the bar that night.
Only recently has it been brought to my attention that summer carnivals are not a nationwide habit. In central PA as a kid my summers were often filled with visting one carnival after the other, filling up on funnelcake, french fires, pizza, and leaving with a churning gut after 90 trips on the salt and pepper shakers. So, if it is summertime and Freeburg pops up on your travel map, even if you've missed the Freeburg Canival in early June, you can be sure that an inquiry about the next closest place to get a really good funnelcake will lead you to a nearby town within a 10 mile radius. One last item I can milk from this Freeburg description would be a tour of The Colonial Furniture Factory. This factory employs a large percentage of the town's residents and attracts several outsiders for its unique stylish quality of home furniture. They often have sales and auctions and the showroom is usually open during regualr business hours. So, if you stumble upon us here in small town PA hopefully you'll stop for one reason or another!
Written Jan 13, 2004
Less than one mile north of Market St. in Freeburg you can explore an old Indian cemetary that is nestled in the woods outside of town. It's a nice walk and an interesting way to take a step back into time.
Heading outside of town in the opposite direction there is a small cave hidden on the side of a hill. I've lived here for 10 years, have been to the cave more than 5 times and I still struggle to find the opening on my own. Once there were close to 10 people huddled in this cave. It lacks fancy petroglyphs and ancient burial sites, but for anyone who enjoys being able to crawl into a hole in the earth and end up in a 6 ft. tall room just might appreciate this small feature of our town.
Written Jan 13, 2004