Road Trip to A Miniature Town
Summer road trips to small and often overlooked places isn’t too uncommon. But taking a trip to this tiny-scaled railroad town reveals a town builder’s vision and detail so oversized that at more than one point in its history, the place couldn’t be contained. The miniature-scale towns of Shartlesville, PA’s Roadside America grew and grew to 7,450 square feet, requiring several address changes to accommodate its growing landscape and visitors that came to experience it. Over a period of 60 years, Lawrence Gieringer, the architect and builder of Roadside America’s tiny towns, railroads and scaled-down occupants made Roadside America one of the most expansive little train villages in the country. Gieringer passed away in 1963, but not before leaving an enormous, legacy of intricate, miniature buildings, tracks and animated characters for fascinated spectators. The essence and grandeur of Gieringer’s timeless world in miniature was captured in a recent episode of CBS Sunday Morning.
It’s reportedly on the market for sale, but you can still plan it into your summer road trip while you’re in Pennsylvania. Located just under 90 minutes (86 miles) from several museums in Philadelphia, it still looks like the land and time no one forgot. Two hundred years of time is on exhibit on Interstate 78 in Shartlesville, PA.
It’s another of the journeys that makes road trips such treasure of experience and memory.
Adult $8.00 USD Ages 12 to 64
Child $5.00 USD Ages 6 to 11 (5 and Under are Free)
Senior/Military $7.00 USD [Seniors: 65+] [Military: Active or Retired]
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Where: 109 Roadside Drive Shartlesville, PA 19554
When: 10 AM to 5 PM (M-TH);
10 AM to 6 PM (S, Sun)