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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Roadside America Miniature Village, Shartlesville, Pennsylvania

If you are looking for a great place to take your children to, then Roadside America in Shartlesville, Pennsylvania, is the place to go. You will find the greatest indoor miniature village here which will be a pleasure for the eyes of young and old alike.

From life in the U.S. as it was 200 years ago, all through time until the present day will enfold before your eyes in such intricate, detailed, one of a kind pieces that it will leave you in awe.

Roadside America was founded by Laurence Gieringer, who had a great love for miniature models. Being a carpenter and a painter, he collected and built a huge amount of miniature buildings and accessories and drew the attention of his neighborhood with his model railroad and villages in the 1930's.

After an article in the local newspaper in 1935, Roadside America was born and so many came to admire it that Mr. Gieringer had to expand and moved his display to Carsonia Park near Reading, Pennsylvania in 1939.

Eventually, the display found its permanent home at its current location in 1953, after having to find a new site due to the increasing number of visitors, where it grew out to the globally largest known, indoor, miniature exhibit as it is today!

See also:
Roadside America Miniature Village, Shartlesville, Pennsylvania Part 2

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