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  • Night falls over Roadside America
    Night falls over Roadside America
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  • Roadside America Church and vehicles in the street
    Roadside America Church and vehicles in...
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  • Things to Do
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Shartlesville Things to Do

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    by grandmaR Updated Jun 21, 2005

    In 1969, we did a lot of tourist attractions during my daughters' spring break in April. Since they were in kindergarten and 2nd grade, I tried to pick interactive things with buttons to push, and demonstrations to see. One day we toured Hopewell Village, and then went to Reading and Bethlehem. On the way, we stopped at Roadside America.

    This is a large miniature village (which sounds like an oxymoron) representing small-town America. The late Laurence T. Gieringer spent his entire life making the town -- as a small boy, he thought that a building several miles away was really small enough for him to pick up -- a toy rather than a regular building which was seemed small because of distance.

    Roadside America is laid out in one big 6,000 square foot room, with perimeter walkways. It is actually a whole series of villages showing life from pioneer times to the 60s when Mr. Gieringer died. There are lots of buttons to push to get mechanical things to work, trains to move, or lights to blink.

    It was quite dark in there, and using old Kodak slide film in a camera with no flash made it difficult to get a good picture.

    SUMMER - JULY THRU LABOR DAY
    Daily 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Weekends 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    WINTER - SEPTEMBER THRU JUNE

    Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekends 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    $5.00 Adults
    $2.50 Children (6 - 11 years old)
    FREE Children (5 and younger)
    $4.50 Senior Citizens 65 and older

    Roadside America Church and vehicles in the street
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    • Road Trip

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    by SheDragon Written Oct 4, 2002

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    The biggest attraction that Shartlesville has is Roadside America. Roadside America is the largest indoor miniature village. The village was built entirely by one man, Laurence Gieringer, over 60 years of his life. Many of the miniatures are replicas of actual places, including a typical eastern Pennsylvania Dutch farm and the town of Fairfield.

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Shartlesville Hotels

  • Haag's Hotel

    P.O. Box 325, Main Street, Shartlesville, Pennsylvania, 19554, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Scottish Inn Shartlesville

    196 Roadside Drive, Shartlesville, PA, 19554

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Business

  • Dutch Motel Shartlesville

    1 Motel Drive, Shartlesville, Pennsylvania, 19554, United States

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

  • Shartlesville Budget Inn

    P O BOX 196, Roadside Drive, SHARTLESVILLE, PENNSY

  • Trh Cortezo

    Roadside Drive, SHARTLESVILLE, PA, 19554

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