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January 17, 2018


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Borough History

The first people to live in this area were American Indians who settled here some 10,000 years ago. Vast amounts of projectile points and other stone tools were gathered from this area when the fields were tilled for spring planting.

The first European settlers were of Germanic origin whose main activity was farming. Mistreated in New York state, they were invited to Pennsylvania by Gov. Keith. They arrived in our area by traveling down along the Susquehanna River, up the Swatara Creek to the Tulpehocken in 1723. Other immigrants mostly arrived through the Port of Philadelphia. In 1794, an iron furnace was established along Spring Creek now called Furnace Creek. It was a vital industry until 1927 when it was acquired by Bethlehem Steel and dismantled.

The Borough of Robesonia was founded in 1855, named after the furnace owner, Henry P. Robeson, who planed the town. Robesonia's town plan extended from Church to Robeson, from Main Street to the railroad. It was incorporated in 1913.

Today, it has a population of about 2,000 with a beautiful wide tree lined main street. The southern part of the Borough contains the Robesonia Furnace Historic District which consists of a 19th century iron makers village, most of which is privately owned. Little remains of the industry itself but the ruins. Numerous stone walls still dot the landscape.

The Friends of the Robesonia Furnace, Inc. own and are preserving the Furnace Fire Engine House, located on the bend of South Freeman Street, near Furnace Creek.

A pamphlet is available for a self guided walking tour of the historic area. The Borough of Robesonia owns the Furnace Triangle (open to the public) southern most part of the "Village Green" where Furnace Street and South Church Street meet. A nature trail follows along Furnace Creek on the western side. Plans are in progress to plant native Pennsylvanian trees, shrubs and plants in the triangle for everyone's enjoyment.

Click Here to view the
Reading Eagle article about Robesonia Borough for the
Berks County's 250th Anniversary Edition


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