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Roadside America's Roof Renovations

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Roadside America is an unforgettable panorama of life in rural United States. The exhibit spans more than two hundred years in time, and roughly six thousand square feet in size. Featuring moving waterways, working model railroads and trolleys, building lights and sounds, and so much more; Roadside America is one of the most incredible feats of craftsmanship ever completed by a single man.

The miniature village at Roadside America was actually completed in 1963 with the passing of its single creator, Laurence Gieringer. Since then, the exhibit has been passed down through generations but always kept in the family. It has been on display in its current building in Shartlesville, Pennsylvania since 1953. To this day, thousands of patrons visit and are amazed by the larger-than-life landscape.

As is to be expected with an exhibit of this age, the building the display has resided in since 1953 is showing signs of wear. The biggest concern   currently threatening the survival of this incredible work of art is our roof.  In times of large rainfall accumulation, various points in our roof begin to leak and consequentially short out ceiling lights and cause puddles in our attic that often lead to puddles on the show floor.

We've been very lucky so far that the leaks have   not affected the display itself, but we are looking to repair the leaking roof before it becomes even more of a serious issue. With your help, we can reach our goal and keep our 6,000 square foot exhibit nice and dry. We've gotten several quotes and our goal of $80,000 is the lowest rate we have found for our massive and historic building at this time.

In 2015, the village celebrated its 80th anniversary of originally opening to the public. With your help, we can keep this historic work of art on display for generations to come.

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  • Les Updegrove
    • $10 
    • 8 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Roadside America
Shartlesville, PA
Brian Hilbert

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