Introduction to Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, in Berks county, is 8 miles SE of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 40 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town is considered part of the Reading metropolitan area.
The community of Birdsboro was named after William Bird who founded it. In 1737, William Bird took land warrants on Six Pennt Creek and Haycreek Road. In 1740, he established a forge by the banks of Haycreek as well as a gristmill and sawmill along the creek. Matthew Brooke bought all the land that the Bird family owned which included the mills and forges. After his death, his two sons who inherited everything, established the E & G Brooke Iron Company and contributed greatly to the development of iron. Birdsboro was incorporated as a borough in 1872.
Birdsboro and Nearby Attractions
- Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
- French Creek State Park
- Lock Ridge Furnace Museum
- Crystal Cave
- Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park
- Longwood Gardens
Things To Do In Birdsboro
There are several places to visit while in Birdsboro such as Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, Longwood Gardens, Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park, and Crystal Cave. Museums such as Valley Forge Historical Society Museum, Lock Ridge Furnace Museum, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and Berks County Heritage Center are also near the town. Activities like horseback riding, hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking may be enjoyed at Evansburg State Park, Nockamixon State Park, or Ridley Creek State Park. Daniel Boone Homestead is a popular historic site located near Birdsboro.
Reading Regional Airport is located nearby.
Birdsboro Higher Education
Albright College, Reading Area Community College, Kutztown University, and Penn State Berks are colleges closest to Birdsboro.