Settled 1732, Phoenixville has a rich history of industrial manufacturing that today shines through its noteworthy architecture and culture. In the shadow of old factory facades and steel plants, the downtown now features antique furniture shops, artistic boutiques, breweries, and farm-to-table dining. Stroll the river trail or see the borough by boat as you glide down the Schuylkill River. Watch a classic film in the historic Colonial Theatre, or shop in the many locally-owned stores on Bridge and Main streets. Seasonal special events like the Firebird Festival and Blobfest make travelling to Phoenixville enjoyable year-round.
Spend a day on the Schuylkill
Phoenixville’s easy access to the Schuylkill River isn’t to be missed. Experience the beautiful scenery on foot on the Schuylkill River Trail, or head to Port Providence Paddle for canoe, kayak, and paddleboat rentals and spend the day afloat. Either way, look out for deer, herons, or the occasional bald eagle on your journey.
The Colonial Theatre
Opened in 1903, this gem is the last of its kind in Chester County. The 658-seat theatre was refurbished and reopened in 1999 and now shows classic, cult, and feature films daily. Most known for being featured in the classic horror film The Blob, Colonial Theatre now hosts a three-day Blobfest each year to celebrate this history of horror.
Unique and fun shopping
Phoenixville is home to one of the most diverse main streets in Chester County. From vintage clothing to fermented-food specialty restaurants to handmade art, there is always a great find. Diving Cat Studio and Artifacqt Gallery are two great places to start on Phoenixville’s two main streets, Bridge and Main.
Jared Adkins had a vision for his distillery: a sunny, inviting space, in a neighborhood where people could wander in to enjoy craft cocktails and learn about his spirits. As he explored the suburbs of Philadelphia in search of a home, his pitch was rejected four times.
Then he got to Phoenixville, where borough officials not only said yes, but put him in touch with the owner of a vacant building he’d seen on the way into town — and pretty much welcomed him with open arms.