Introduction to Shillington, Pennsylvania
Shillington, Pennsylvania, in Berks county, is 2 miles SW of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 49 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town is located in the Reading area and has 5,059 residents.
Samuel Shilling, a local landowner, sold some of his lots for residences in 1860 which is when Shillington became part of Cumru Township. Three Mile House was a popular inn built in 1762, where farmers going to the city would stop. The first post office was opened in 1884, and Shillington was incorporated as a separate municipalty by the Quarter Session Court on August 18, 1908. Much of the land of Shillington was occupied by Angelica Farm, which became an alms house in 1824. The first governor of Pennsylvania, Thomas Mifflin, used to live at Angelica Farms.
Shillington and Nearby Attractions
- Ephrata Cloister
- Marsh Creek State Park
- Heritage Map Museum
- Blue Marsh Lake
- Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park
- Crystal Cave
Things To Do In Shillington
Some of the places around Shillington to visit are Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, Brandywine Zoo, Longwood Gardens, and Indian Echo Caverns. A day trip could be planned to Hershey's Chocolate World and HersheyPark. Opportunities for fishing, camping, boating, swimming, and hiking are available at French Creek State Park, Swatara State Park, and Marsh Creek State Park. Museums that may be visited include Landis Valley Museum, Lock Ridge Furnace Museum, North Museum of Natural History & Science, and Hands-On House. Conrad Weiser Homestead and James Buchanan House are among several historic sites near the town.
Air transportation is available from Lancaster Airport.
Shillington Higher Education
Reading Area Community College, Alvernia College, and Albright College are located near Shillington.