Shartlesville, Pennsylvania: Roadside America Indoor Miniature Village (Gone) Team Field Report

I-78 exit 23.
Nov. 2020: Closed Covid-19.

Roadside America Miniature Village.

Roadside America Indoor Miniature Village

Miniature railroad and tiny motorized tableaux of mid-20th century, mid-America life. Closed during the pandemic, set pieces auctioned off in early 2021. Report...

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Roadside America Indoor Miniature Village

Pennsylvania's Roadside America Indoor Miniature Village (Note: not affiliated with announced on its Facebook page that it would be closing permanently and auctioning all exhibit assets. The 8,000 square ft. miniature railroad layout and tableau of old-timey town life had been closed for most of 2020 due to Covid-19 business operating restrictions.

The display was conceived and built by Laurence T. Gieringer starting in 1935, and settled into its longtime location in Shartlesville in 1953. Family owners hoping to retire had been seeking and speaking to interested parties over the last few years to potentially acquire, preserve, and operate the beloved attraction.

[ Team, 11/23/2020]

Friendly Amish couple statues, 2020.

Roadside America

It looks as though Roadside America might fade into history! The giant Amish people can't believe their eyes that the building is for sale.

[Thom H, 07/24/2020]

Roadside America -- the classic model railroad attraction, not the awesome travel guide -- has been on the market since 2018. The current owner wants to find someone who'll keep the place open and preserve it as is.

Roadside America Miniature Village.

Roadside America Miniature Village

Loved this place. $8 admission is beyond worth it. Amazing train/miniature villages created by one man, built in 1958. Family still runs it.

[Joselin, 09/16/2017]

Circus elephants.

Roadside America Miniature Village

Roadside America is an unforgettable panorama of life in the rural United States. The exhibit spans more than two hundred years in time and lets you see, in exquisite miniature, how people lived and worked in pioneer days, through the years since then, right up to the present.

[Cheryl White, 06/02/2016]

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