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Oley Valley Heritage Association

The Oley Valley Heritage Association is a group of people who are very proud of their heritage in the Oley Valley and share a common interest in keeping the history of the Valley alive. We welcome you to enjoy your visit by viewing historic properties and beautiful scenery from the Oley Valley, Berks County, Pennsylvania and learning what our organization is all about.


The background of the Oley Valley Heritage Association can be traced to a local water loss incident in Oley Township in October 1978. A Concerned Citizens group looking for help, applied to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Oley Township was subsequently selected for the Trust's Rural Project in 1980-83. At the conclusion of the project, the whole township was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the largest nomination of its kind. After the National Trust project ended, the Oley Valley Heritage Association was incorporated.

Today, the Oley Valley Heritage Association has the following Mission Statement:

Mission Statement
The Oley Valley Heritage Association is dedicated to promoting education, publishing information and encouraging preservation of those subjects that reflect the heritage of the Oley Valley.


Textiles and Textile Tools of Oley - April 13th, 2015 at 7PM
Alan G. Keyser has studied, published and presented lectures on homespun over the last 40 years. He will show examples of both tools and pieces of homespun linens, linsey and wool made in the Oley area and elsewhere in southeastern Pennsylvania more than 150 years ago.

Oley Fair Centre Building, 26 Jefferson Street, Oley, PA
All are welcome to attend this FREE event.
Membership is not required but would be appreciated!
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See actual samplers, coverlets and other textiles made in the Oley Valley! See what tools were used and learn how those tools were made!

Sampler image courtesy of Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
Oley Valley Heritage


Covered Bridges of Berks Co. - Nov. 10th, 2014 at 7PM
Presented by Fred J. Moll, a historian on covered bridges, author of six bridge books, photographer, member of the Historical Society of Berks County, The Theordore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania, and the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges.

Oley Fair Centre Building, 26 Jefferson Street, Oley, PA
All are welcome to attend this FREE event.
Download a flyer

Program will include discussion of many local covered bridges and special emphasis on the 2002 to 2004 restoration of the Pleasantville Covered Bridge. Read more...

Oley Valley Community Fair - September 18, 19, 20, 2014
For the 68th Oley Valley Community Fair, the OVHA created a booth entitled Wild Rides of the Oley Valley in keeping with the fair theme, Barn To Be Wild. Featured was a 1946 Harley Davidson motorcycle, two Oley Trolley models and many vintage photos of early modes of transportation. Many people commented on how they used to ride the Oley Trolley. Below are photos of our 2014 exhibit. Read more...

Oley Valley Heritage Association
DeTurk House c. 1767
Oley Valley Heritage Association
Fisher House c. 1801
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