Take a 28-mile self-guided driving tour into the heart of Greater Reading’s farm country and discover Hex Signs, a uniquely American art form and best known symbol of the Pennsylvania Dutch.
The birth of the hex sign was long believed to be the mid-1800s, when the affordability of paint gave a green light to farmers’ creative sides, however new research suggests hex signs existed even earlier—much earlier. Historians have discovered 4-foot wooden stars set into stone walls on the gable ends of barns as far back as the late 1700s. Since the height of the hex craze in the early 20th century, progress and neglect have devastated the county’s historic barns and their art. So it’s no wonder
those remaining today are protected and celebrated, not only as Berks County, but American treasures as well.
See official website to download a brochure and map of the Hex Tour from the Greater Reading Convention and Visitors Bureau.