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Montgomery County: Something Unique from Our Neck of the Woods

Knight Covered Bridge in Lorimer Park

Knight Covered Bridge in Lorimer Park

Uniquely MontCo

Montgomery County is a wonderful area of Pennsylvania, full of history and natural beauty. Montco is located just north of Philadelphia, and is a great mix of suburban neighborhoods and open farmland. Adjacent to Valley Forge National Historical Park, prominent historical sites are located throughout the area. Whether you are looking for rich American history, a walk with spectacular views of Perkiomen Creek, or a delicious craft beer, Montco has you covered.

Historical Sites

Montgomery County manages five different historical sites throughout the county. The American Revolution is central to the history of the county, and you can travel back to this time at the Peter Wentz Farmstead located in Lansdale. In 1777, the Wentz home became the temporary headquarters of George Washington and his staff. In 1969, Montgomery County bought this property and restored the home to reflect this historic time. The Peter Wentz Farmstead will now give you a peek into early Pennsylvania German Farming culture and practices. Complete with farm buildings, livestock, and a kitchen garden, this site is a great educational trip for kids and adults interested in this era of our history.

Peter Wentz Farmstead
Farmhouse at the Peter Wentz Farmstead

If you are looking to view how the social elite of the mid-1700s lived, take a visit to the beautiful Pottsgrove Manor. This home, built in 1752, is an excellent example of the elegant Georgian architecture popular during this time. Pottsgrove Manor was home to John Potts, ironmaster and founder of Pottstown. The home and surrounding 4 acres (what remains of the original 1000 acre plantation) is open year around for guided tours, special lectures, and workshops. 

If nature is your passion, then you will love a visit to Mill Grove, the first American home of John James Audubon. Mill Grove is a 175 acre estate filled with the same natural wonders that inspired a young Audubon to start exploring. The historic, three story, stone farmhouse has a collection of original Audubon prints and oil paintings. It also serves as an educational center for the National Audubon Society, fulfilling its mission to connect people with the beauty of nature.

Pottsgrove Manor
Main House at Pottsgrove Manor

Trails and Nature

With over 6000 acres of open, public space, including 9 parks and 60 miles of trails, Montgomery County is a nature lover’s dream. While you are checking out the history of John James Audubon, be sure to venture around the Audubon Loop. This county trail is a 5 mile loop around Mill Grove and the Lower Perkiomen Valley Park.

The Audubon Loop also connects to the beautiful Perkiomen Trail, offering 20 miles of trail that follows the Perkiomen Creek from Oaks to Green Lane Borough. This trail is perfect for a variety of activities: biking, walking, jogging, or horseback riding. If you are interested in railroad history, this is a great way to follow the path of the old Perkiomen line of the Reading Railroad.

Council Rock at Lorimer Park
Council Rock at Lorimer Park

If you are visiting the Eastern part of Montco, the beautiful Lorimer Park in Abington Township is definitely worth a stop. With 230 acres of woods and meadows, it is great for your outdoor activities, no matter the season. If you enjoy fishing, Pennypack Creek is kept stocked with trout. While visiting Lorimer Park, be sure to view Council Rock. Legend says this landmark, sitting 100ft above Pennypack Creek, was where the Lenni Lenape tribe would often convene. It's a beautiful scene, especially popular with wedding photographers, and a favorite of the late George Horace Lorimer, the benefactor of the park.

Pennypack Creek
Pennypack Creek in Montgomery County

Craft Breweries

After all of this nature exploring, refreshments are in order. Montco definitely has this covered with more than 20 excellent craft breweries. Around the country, breweries are becoming a central gathering place for friends and families, and Montgomery County is no exception. If you are also looking for great food with your craft beverage, these businesses will meet your needs. 

Ten7 Brewing Company in North Wales is a popular spot. With food trucks most evenings, and a game room, this is an excellent, family friendly location. Offering a wide selection of beers in a fabulous space, it is definitely worth a visit.

If you are in Audubon, visit Bald Birds Brewery Company. Offering an excellent variety of beer, as well as cider and wine, this location will leave everyone happy. With food trucks most nights, and delivery from nearby restaurants, such as Affamato’s, you will not go hungry. 

If you want a full restaurant with your brewery, The Ways Restaurant and Brewery is Glenside is an excellent choice. Family friendly, with excellent pub fare, including a variety of tacos, this is a great way to end your day. With so many spots to choose from, the breweries in Montco will keep your weekends busy for a while. 

Montgomery County has a great variety of entertainment, no matter your passion. What is your favorite spot in Montco? Let us know, and subscribe to travel along while we explore more counties in our beautiful state. You can also feel free to see if any of our unique Montgomery County apparel interests you. 

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