Virginville, Pennsylvania

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Virginville, Pennsylvania
Census-designated place
Virginville is located in Pennsylvania
Virginville is located in the US
Coordinates: 40°31′26″N 75°52′23″W / 40.52389°N 75.87306°W / 40.52389; -75.87306Coordinates: 40°31′26″N 75°52′23″W / 40.52389°N 75.87306°W / 40.52389; -75.87306
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Berks
Township Richmond
Elevation 335 ft (102 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 309
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 19564
Area code(s) 610 and 484
GNIS feature ID 1190445[2]
Virginville Historic District
Virginville Hotel BerksCo PA.JPG
The Virginville Hotel, part of the historic district
Virginville, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Virginville, Pennsylvania
Virginville, Pennsylvania is located in the US
Virginville, Pennsylvania
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[3]
Added to NRHP September 28, 2000

Virginville is a census-designated place[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] "Virgin" may be an alternate translation of the Indian-named Maiden Creek.[7]

The hamlet was designated the Virginville Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[3]

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).[8]


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Virginville". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
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  6. ^ Lucia, Tony (Oct 17, 1985). "Virginville: What's in a name?". Reading Eagle. p. 35. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 136. 
  8. ^ "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.