Roadside America Miniature Village
Pennsylvania Dutch Gift Haus
It is increasingly hard to find vintage attractions that have remained largely untouched by the passage of time. Roadside America is one of those rare gems – a 75 year-old indoor miniature village and railway that covers over 8,000 square feet!
Laurence Gieringer created it in 1935. The initial (much smaller) version was displayed in a fire company building – a larger version was on display at the (now defunct) Carsonia Park in 1938. (see links at the end of this post for more info). In 1941, both of Mr. Gieringer’s masterpieces were moved to the current location in Shartlesville. The massive display includes over 400 miniature buildings and 4000 miniature people. Roadside America has remained unchanged since Gieringer died in 1963!
I have been to RA several times over the years and what awaits you inside has to be experienced … pictures and video do it no justice! It is simply a “must-do” for vintage enthusiasts. Roadside America is open every day of the year (with the exception of Christmas Day). Don’t delay. Make plans to visit today; because you never know when these treasures will be gone forever.
The adjacent building houses the Pennsylvania Dutch Gift Haus. You will adore its throwback souvenir store vibe. The classic Ford that you see in the picture is owned by one of the clerks who works at the store – she had just pulled-in when I arrived. It was so cool to see a young girl tooling around in a Model T pick-up!