Grant to be Used to Move Historic Rail Depot

The Berks County (Pennsylvania) Redevelopment Agency has awarded a $75,000 grant to the Longswamp Township Historical Society, which plans to use the money to relocate an 1870s era railroad station in Mertztown, Pennsylvania.

The grant will supplement $195,000 raised locally thus far to move the depot to Longswamp Township Park. The project cost is estimated at $310,000.

Once moved, the depot will serve as a museum and historical library.

Located 12 miles southwest of Allentown, the Mertztown depot was the last standing, original remnant of the East Pennsylvania Railroad Company.

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