Virginville Historic District
The Virginville Hotel, part of the historic district
|Location||Main, 2nd, 1st, and Front Sts. and Chapel Dr. Richmond Township, Pennsylvania|
|Area||17.3 acres (7.0 ha)|
|Built by||Dreibelbis, Francis; Heinly, Seth|
|Architectural style||Gothic Revival, Italianate, et al.|
|NRHP Reference #||00001123|
|Added to NRHP||September 28, 2000|
Virginville is a census-designated place in Richmond Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. It is located at the junction of PA 143 and Crystal Ridge Road, and is approximately 7 miles to the south of the borough of Lenhartsville. As of the 2010 census, the population was 309 residents. Maiden Creek runs through the town and it also meets up with Sacony Creek.
The origin of the name Virginville is obscure. Some say it is the English translation of a Native American word, while others believe the community was named for virgin forests in the area.
The district encompasses 80 contributing buildings built between 1874 and 1930. It includes residential, commercial, and institutional buildings in a variety of popular architectural styles including Gothic Revival and Italianate. A primarily residential district, notable non-residential buildings include The Creamery (c. 1875), St. Paul's Chapel (1903), Virginville Hotel (1885), post office (c. 1930), and Balthasar's Garage (1921).
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- Lucia, Tony (Oct 17, 1985). "Virginville: What's in a name?". Reading Eagle. p. 35. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
- "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes April E. Frantz (March 2000). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Virginville Historic District" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-09-18.
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