John Pritiskutch Reproductions

History of Berks County - Perry Township

The following is reproduced from the 1876 Atlas of Berks County, Pennsylvania

Perry township was taken a few years ago from Windsor. In 1850 it had a population of 1,320. In 1870, it numbered 1,680 people, which shows it to be a growing community.

The township contains two villages, Mohrsville and Shoemakersville, the latter contains several hotels and stores, flour and feed mills, coal yards, a tannery and several other industries. The village also enjoys the privileges of religious worship, in German Reformed, United Brethren .and Methodist Churches.

The township is bounded on the north by Windsor, on the east by Richmond; on the south by Maiden Creek and Ontelaunee; on the west by Upper Bern and Centre.

The soil is of an excellent quality, and is generally under a good state of cultivation. The township is favorably located, being situated on the P. & R. Railroad, within easy access of the cities of Philadelphia and Reading in one direction, and of the borough of Pottsville and the great coal regions in the other. With its fertile soil, its thriving villages, and its facilities for communication with commercial centres, its progress will continue to be in the future, as in the past, steadily onward.