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Fairmount Water Works

Revolutionary River

Independence. Innovation. Awareness. 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. America's past and its future start here.


Valley Forge
American
Revolution

The battle for America's independence began and turned upon events within the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. From the Continental Congress to Washington's encampment at Valley Forge, the American Revolution was defined by the people, places, and events of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Blue Mt. Train Yard
Industrial
Revolution

America's rise as the world's industrial powerhouse began along the banks of the Schuylkill River and its tributaries. Abundant resources, innovative technologies, and unparalleled transportation networks made the communities of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area leaders in America's Industrial Revolution.
Hawk Mountain
Environmental
Revolution

The roots of the nation's environmental movement can be traced to the people, places, and events of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. It was here that the scientific exploration of our world began, and where individuals and governments took bold new steps to protect and reclaim our natural heritage.
Philadelphia
The River Today
The Schuylkill River Heritage Area today is a vital regional commons that millions of people call home. Across the region thousands of individuals and organizations are working to revitalize their communities, restore their environment, and preserve the places and traditions that make the Heritage Area a unique place to live or visit.
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