Berks County was named after the English county in which William Penn’s family home lay – Berkshire, which is often abbreviated to Berks.
Berks County began much larger than it is today. The northwestern parts of the county went to the founding of Northumberland County in 1772 and Schuylkill County in 1811 when it reached its current size. In 2005, Berks County was added to the Delaware Valley Planning Area due to a fast-growing population and close proximity to the other communities.
If you are looking for a place to settle down in the southeastern Pennsylvania area, Berks County is definitely a place to consider. Meadow View Farms is a carefree new construction 55+ community in Berks County, PA set in the scenic and historic Oley Township within the Reading Metro area. Meadow View Farms’ new single-family homes for sale in Oley, PA, offer a peaceful, yet convenient location with easy access to recreational activities and area attractions. Enjoy the outdoors, the arts, and the area’s rich local history, while living a carefree, satisfying lifestyle. With most typical maintenance chores out of the way, your time is finally your own! Here are a few other reasons why Berks County is a great place to plan your retirement.
Close to Nature and City Attractions
If you enjoy the quiet life, there are plenty of farmland areas for you to settle down in. The great outdoors is right in your backyard, including the National Scenic Appalachian Trail, Blue Marsh Lake, French Creek State Park, and the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. And you’ll find lakes for boating, swimming, ice fishing, and skating. On the other hand, if you prefer the city, Reading has plenty of activities happening on a daily basis. Berks County is also not too far from Philadelphia. It is a little over an hour’s drive away.
There are also a variety of sites with historical significance in Berks County and the surrounding area. If you are a history buff, there are plenty of places to visit and history to learn. There are museums, landmarks, statues, historical homes and more. You can visit them all. Then when your friends and family come to visit your new Berks County home, you will have plenty of interesting stories to tell them about the area.
Arts & Culture
The Reading Symphony Orchestra and Reading Public Museum are considered among the best in the state. GoggleWorks is one of the nation’s largest interactive community arts centers. And each year, the Berks Arts Council presents the largest jazz festival on the east coast. In addition, the Santander Arena and Performing Arts Center bring some of the world’s top acts to Reading.