civil-300x255Our history books have well chronicled the battle at Gettysburg and the occupation of York, but the true heart of the Union was the pure industrial might and commitment of its citizens to preserve the United States of America.Greater Reading, home to the Ringgold Light Artillery, P&R Railroad, iron furnaces and numerous stops along the Underground Railroad, serves as an outstanding example of the innovation and dedication that were the driving forces behind this turning point of American history.

Discover the deeper history of the Civil War. Take a ride on Greater Reading’s Civil War Trail.

Reading Railroad Heritage Museum
500 South Third Street, Hamburg, PA 19526
610-562-5513
The staff will enthusiastically guide you through the history of the P&R Railroad and the many contributions the train made to the Union’s victory over the Confederate South in the Civil War.

Berks History Center
940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA 19601
610-375-4375
Explore the library, archives and exhibits for the stories of the four firsts in Greater Reading: the Ringgold Light Artillery, Ringgold Band, Ladies First Aid Society, and the first Civil War

Central PA African American Museum
119 N. Tenth Street, Reading, PA 19601
610-371-8713
The oldest black-owned church building in Berks County houses records and artifacts relating to American black slavery and was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, PA 19520
610-582-8773
Living history demonstrations help you feel the concern of villagers to the proximity of battle as they work to produce pig iron, a vital component in the manufacture of Civil War weapons.