Gruber Wagon Works
Gruber Wagon Works
Gruber Wagon Works in 1973
|Location||Bern Township, Pennsylvania|
|Architect||Franklin H. Gruber|
|NRHP Reference #||72001092|
|Added to NRHP||June 2, 1972|
|Designated NHL||December 22, 1977|
Franklin H. Gruber, who had been making farm-use wagons since the 1870s, constructed the wagon works in 1882. The business continued operating under the family's ownership, expanding to wagon repair and other manufacturing to adapt to changing demand, until it closed in 1971.
Unfortunately, the building's original site on the Licking Creek in Pleasant Valley fell within the planned area of Blue Marsh Lake, so it was bought by the Army Corps of Engineers and during the winter of 1976–1977 they relocated it 5 miles (8 km) east to its present location.
Gruber Wagon Works is now part of the Berks County Heritage Center, an open air complex that also includes the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center with exhibits about canal transportation, Wertz's Covered Bridge, Melcher's Grist Mill, Deppen Cemetery, several memorials and gardens. The Center is open seasonally and offers tours of the historic buildings.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- "Gruber Wagon Works". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
- "Pennsylvania's National Historic Landmarks". Retrieved 2009-05-25.[dead link]
- County of Berks. "Berks Parks: Gruber Wagon Works". Retrieved 2009-05-25.
- George R. Adams (June, 1977). PDF (32 KB). National Park Service. and PDF (32 KB)
- Berks County Heritage Center
- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. PA-14, "Gruber Wagon Works, Pennsylvania Route 183 & State Hill Road at Red Bridge Park, Bernville, Berks County, PA", 215 photos, 11 measured drawings, 32 data pages, 19 photo caption pages
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