Shartlesville Things to Do
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.
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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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