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Jacksonwald is a census-designated place in Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. It is located less than a mile from the borough of St. Lawrence. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,393 residents.
The Village of Jacksonwald was established in 1870, when a gentlemen by the name John Jackson built the Jacksonwald Hotel on the corner of Oley Turnpike Road and Church Lane Road. The Hotel overlooked a little red schoolhouse which was also built in 1870 and then restored in 1970 for its 100th anniversary. Prior to 1870, the area was once referred to as Schwarzwald, German for "black forest," because it reminded early Berks settlers of the Black Forest region of Germany. Nevertheless, on the 27th of March 1967 the Jacksonwald Hotel was unfortunately demolished to make way for a Boyertown headquartered bank branch, National Penn Bank.
Wald is the German word for woods or forests. Similarly to the origination of other cities, towns and villages of the time, citizens often named their community after a prominent landmark or individual. Hence, the name Jacksonwald.
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