Giant Distelfink
1102 Red Bridge Road
Reading, Pennsylvania

On the way home from the Hamburg-Er Festival last weekend, I thought that I would swing by the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum. As it turned out, I arrived about an hour after closing — so I’ll have to check that one off of my “to-do” list another time. On the bright side, I remembered reading about the giant Distelfink sculpture at the Berks County Heritage Center and I knew that I was close … so Distelfink it was!

The sculpture was created by Ramon Lago and installed in 1984. Interestingly, the word Distelfink is misspelled on the bronze plaque at the site. The plaque reads “Distlefink” … I’m not sure if that was deliberate or an error.

The Pennsylvania Dutch Distelfink is a stylized golden finch and is often used on hex signs, pottery, butter presses etc., to symbolize good luck and fertility. If you are a regular RoadsideWonder follower (and of course you are!); you might remember my previous post featuring this symbol – the Distelfink Drive-In Restaurant sign near Gettysburg.

Berks County Heritage Center

> Schuylkill River Heritage Area

2 thoughts on “Giant Distelfink

  1. Have you ever visited the Pennsylvania Dutch Gift Haus while in Berks County PA? That store is located in the close area that the Berks County Heritage Center. You could find it off IS 78. You don’t to miss it on your next trip in the area!

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