• Schuylkill River

    Schuylkill River Valley

    National Heritage Area Pennsylvania

Revolutionary River

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is the birthplace of the movements that shaped the nation, fueled its growth, and reclaimed its future. It was along the banks of this river and its tributaries that the American, Industrial, and Environmental Revolutions were born. Explore the stories, visit the places, and experience the region’s vitality by visiting the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.

Did You Know?

Photo courtesy VFCVB

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, opened in 1829 as part of a movement to change the behavior of inmates through "confinement in solitude with labor." It is estimated that more than 300 prisons worldwide are based on the Penitentiary's "radial" floor plan.