Introduction to Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Kutztown, Pennsylvania, in Berks county, is 14 miles NE of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 50 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town is considered part of the Reading metropolitan area and has a population of 5,067.
Most of the area in Berks County was settled primarily by Germans from the Palatinate region. Kutztown was also settled by these Germans from southwest Germany. Peter Wentz owned a large tract of land which is presently Maxatawny Township. On June 16, 1755, George Kutz purchased around 130 acres from Wentz which later became known as Kutztown. Plans for the town were laid out in 1779. The place, which was earlier called Cootstown, was incorporated as a borough in 1815.
Kutztown and Nearby Attractions
- Crystal Cave
- Historical Society of Berks County Museum
- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
- Daniel Boone Homestead
- Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
- Locust Lake State Park
Things To Do In Kutztown
Picnic areas, and opportunities for swimming, boating, and fishing are available at Tuscarora State Park near the town. Locust Lake State Park and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary are also located nearby. Some of the museums to visit are Troxell-Steckel House and Park Museum, the Children's Museum of Manhattan, and Lock Ridge Furnace Museum. People celebrate Kutztown Fair and Heritage Harvest Fescht in August and October. Golfers may enjoy a game at Sittler Golf Center. Crystal Cave is a another popular attraction near Kutztown. Underground educational tours are also arranged at Crystal Cave.
Flights are available from Reading Regional Airport.
Kutztown Higher Education
Kutztown University is located in Kutztown. Other colleges nearby include Reading Area Community College, Penn State Berks, Alvernia College, and Albright College.