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Shartlesville, located in Eastern Pennsylvania along Interstate 78, Berks County PA. along the Pennsylvania Blue Mountains is a small town with a lot to offer.
We are known for our Pa Dutch cooking where you can eat till you can't move and many restaurants to choose from.
Antique stores filled with beautiful items bringing back years of history.
Also visit a miniature village that is well known across the country along with camping resorts located in the Blue Mountains, with hiking on the Appalachian Trail, swimming pools, hayrides, games for the children, horse events, rodeo's, monster trucks, demolition derby's, fishing and much more. Enjoy wine tasting at our local winery and see all these sites from our local horse drawn carriage rides. Spend some time visiting local craft stores and other shops around town and visit some of our historical buildings and just minutes from Cabela's.
In Shartlesville Berks County Pa. you will find something for everyone.
History of Shartlesville Pennsylvania
The village of Shartlesville is
located off exit 23 of I78, midway
between Harrisburg and Allentown.
Nestled among fertile farms, in
the heart of “Pa. Dutch”
area of Northern Berks County at
the foothills of the beautiful Blue
Mountains, Shartlesville has long
been famous for “Pa. Dutch”
meals served at two of the local
hotels in town.
Shartlesville is named after the
Shartle family who in the year 1765
built the first building, the Shartle
Log Cabin Inn.
The early settlers built homes around
the inn, seeking protection from
savage Indians whom after the French
and Indian War still harassed them
by burning their buildings and crops
and by taking their children captive.
Two area families were massacred
by Indians; the Moyer family who
lived 1 mile North in 1754 and the
Hochstettler family 1 mile West
Most of the early settlers were
of German and Swiss decent. They
were skilled carpenters and craftsmen.
The town grew rapidly.
In 1830 a post office was established.
By 1885, there were three inns,
three blacksmith shops, a wheelwright
shop, feed mill, milk creamery,
two country stores as well as an
undertaker shop, a church, and 2
The population in 1885 was 225.
In 1965, Shartlesville’s bicentennial
year it was 378. In 2004 our population
increased to 410 and growing.
In the early 1900’s came the
automobile and with it improved
roads. Main Street, now Old Rt.
22 was then on the main route from
New York City to Pittsburgh. Gradually
as more people owned cars and as
tractor-trailers replaced the railroad
cars, Main Street, Shartlesville
became a heavily traveled highway.
Soon it because unsafe to walk across
the street. In 1953 a small child
was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer.
The heavy traffic was both good
and bad. While many residents complained
about the noise of heavy trucks
rumbling down Main Street, the gas
station operators who stayed open
24-7 were glad when they filled
up. The Shartlesville Diner at 2nd
& Main Street was a popular
truck stop serving food and coffee
24-7. There were 7 gas stations
on Main Street in 1950. Interstate
78 was completed to Allentown in
1957. By 1960, the Diner had closed
and only 4 gas stations remained.
Today there are no gas stations
in town. There are 2 stations at
Exit 23 of I-78.
Gift, craft and antique shops replaced
those that closed.
The former Seyfert’s Garage
at 3rd & Main now features shops
for Crafts & Gifts and Antiques.
The former Shartlesville Shirt Factory
also houses antique shops.
What had been Shartlesville Hotel
Country Store is now a craft shop.
Patrons of Haag’s Hotel and
Shartlesville Hotel enjoy browsing
through these shops after a “Pa.
Dutch” style dinner. The former
John Hix Store, later Tryon’s
Gay Dutch Store is now the Shartlesville
What was J. R. Kauffman’s
Farm Implement Shops on North 5th
is now the Upper Bern Township Building.
The P.O.S. of A. Hall at 5th and
Main Street is now apartments. At
the West End of town are Stoudt’s
Roadside Market and the Bashore
& Stoudt Winery. Farther west
on Roadside Drive is a branch of
National Penn Bank. There is a sheepskin
shop next to the Blue Mountain Family
Restaurant, the Fort Motel, the
Towne Crier, and Roadside America.
Just North of town across I-78 you
can find Appalachian Campsite and
the Shartlesville Fish & Game
Association. Travelling farther
East on our scenic route along Mountain
Road you will find Mountain Springs
Camping Resort and Stoudt’s
Dollhouse Miniatures. Bee Tree Trail
Carriage & Wagon Tours offers
horse-drawn wagon & carriage
Continue on our scenic route and
you will find the State Game Lands
#110 which offers hunting &
hiking with the famous Appalachian
Trail running across the top of
the mountain where the famous Ney’s
Hotel once stood.
The Northkill stream and the Mill
Creek offer excellent fishing.
On North 4th Street next to the
Shartlesville Grange Hall is the
beautiful Shartlesville Park. The
late James & Clara Lesher donated
the land for the park, former owners
of the Shartlesville Hotel. A plaque
in their memory can be found on
the Bicentennial monument erected
in 1965 next to the beautiful Upper
Bern Veterans monument. The park
has three ball fields, tennis and
basketball court, two pavilions,
a bandshell, and a barbecue pit.
Organizations and Churches which
provide a variety of interests include:
Friedens Church, Grange #1512, Fire
Company, Park Association, Frieden’s
Aid Society, Fish & Game, Upper
Berne Vets, Lions Club, Dutch Hex
Tour Association, and the Shartlesville
The Shartlesville Dutch Bicentennial
Celebration on August 20, 21, &
22, 1965 featured a three hour parade,
a historic pageant and Badolia or
Militia drill sand inspections which
was a re-enactment of the Badolia
(batallion) Days which were observed
each year from 1776 to 1913. The
Badolia drills were so popular that
it was decided to have a Badolia
Days Celebration the following year
1966. Badolia Days were held for
15 years until 1980.
On August 19th, 1990 Shartlesville
observed its 225th Anniversary with
ceremonies at the park. A plaque
was placed on the bicentennial monument.
Shartlesville has much to offer
to its residents as well as the
thousands of visitors who enjoy
the easy going feeling they get
when they visit.
A brief message about the
Author John Messner who owns Messner's
Messner’s Dutch Corner is
located at 2nd and Main Street in
Shartlesville. Homegrown fruits
& vegetables are sold in season.
Handcrafted items such as birdhouses
& feeders, wishing wells, windmills,
wooden stools, benches and lawn
ornaments are custom made.
Pa. Dutch gifts such as hex signs,
trivets as well as many handcrafted
items such as quilts, afghans, bonnets,
aprons and rugs are also available.
Antiques and flea market items make
the Dutch Corner a place where you
can find almost anything.
We want to thank the members of the Shartlesville Community Association Berks County Pa. for making this info
available to the public which can be useful to all and in helping our community to grow.
For more info on the Shartlesville Community Association and how you can help.
Around Shartlesville Pa. there are many atttractions to choose from such as Rodeo's, Demo Derby's, Monster Trucks,
Carriage rides around town and stop along the way and visit some of our Shops, Craft Stores, Antique Stores,
and Winery. Hiking the Blue Mountains along the Appalachian Trail, just minutes from lakes for Boating,
Fishing, and swiming. Spend a weekend or a week at one of our Camping Resorts and see what we have to
offer. Just minutes from Cabela's. We are located in the center of some major cities such as Reading,
Harrisburg, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Schuylkill Haven, and Pottsville. So getting away from the
city and going off into the wilderness is just a short drive.
We hope to have supplied you here with enough information or
contacts such as Shartlesville Fire Co., Shartlesville Grange, Upper Bern Twp Berks County Pa., and other local
businesses to help you while you are visiting or looking to move in the Berks county area.