Welcome to Bern Township

Gruber Wagon Works is located at the Berks County Heritage Center on Red Bridge Park in
Tulpehocken Creek Park.
It has been a National Historic Landmark since 1977.

"The BOOK of BERN,
A History of Bern Township,
Berks County, Pennsylvania 1738-1988”

"Bern Township was settled in 1733, mostly by German farmers. It was established in 1738. Originally, it was bounded on the east by the Schuylkill River, on the west by the Tulpehocken Creek, on the south at the confluence of the two rivers, and on the north by the Blue Mountains. 

First, the part of Bern Township on the north side of the Blue Mountains was taken away and made part of Brunswick Township in Schuylkill County leaving the crest of the mountain as the dividing line between the coun­ties. In 1789 the northern part of the township was split off and named Upper Bern.

Then, three other townships were carved out of Bern: Penn Township was formed in 1841 by taking parts of Bern and Upper Bern townships, Centre Township was formed in 1843 out of an eastern sector of the township and Tilden was created in 1887.

Today the Schuylkill River and the Tulpehocken Creek account for two thirds of the Bern Township’s boundary. On the north side, the Borough of Leesport marks the northeast corner of the township and a point southwest of Bern Church marks the southwestern corner."



Construction Activity on Fairview Drive April 20

Dear Bern Township Residents:

Fairview Drive will be closed for storm pipe replacement on Thursday, April 20, 2017

between McCoy Lane and White Oak Lane between the hours of 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM.

The northbound detour route from Fairview Drive will be a left turn onto Possum Lane, and a right turn onto White Oak Lane, back to Fairview Drive.

The southbound detour route from Fairview Drive will be a right turn onto White Oak Lane, and a left turn onto Possum Lane, back to Fairview Drive.

Schuylkill Valley School District Transportation has been contacted and has advised that the hours of construction activity will not interfere with any scheduled bus transportation.  In the event of an unforeseen emergency school closure, Schuylkill Valley’s buses are prepared to use the established detour routes of Possum and White Oak Lanes.

Obviously, heavy rains or significant weather events could affect this schedule.

Please click on the link below to get to the page which has a PDF of the closure map:

Fairview Road Closure Map

 We thank you for your patience while we improve this section of roadway.       Bern Township

BOY SCOUT First Responder Rally
Come Join the Fun Saturday, May 6, 2017. The Hawk Mountain Council, Boy Scouts
are hosting a Free Family event 
for all ages at the 
Blue Marsh Lake–Dry Brooks Day Use Area from 9am - 2pm  
Come see area EMS, police, fire, 
Mass Casualty Incident crews and vehicles, PENNSTAR flight helicopter, 
Berks Co. SWAT team, and other emergency organizations.  
Lunch and a participation patch can be purchased for only $5. Call the Boy Scout office at 610-926-3406 for additional information.

Get prepared and ready for emergencies!

Winter can bring unexpected emergencies, power outages and severe storms.

A handy and easily accessible website for your home planning and preparedness 
needs can be found at:


Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), this 
site has much information and guidance.
It also includes directions to download
their app to both iOS and android smartphones.

Take the time to be prepared.
Make a plan for your family!

  • Wondering about why we use Oil and Chip
    on our roadways?

    Click on the Roads Page in the side bar list
    to the left for an explanation
  • Permit is Needed for Open Burning !
    A Burn Permit must be obtained from Bern Township office. Call for more details.
  •  The 2016  Recycling Dates are posted on the
    Solid Waste & Recycling Dates Page.

Urgent Request!

Are you cleaning up after cats or kids?

Please do not throw "flushable" cat litter or disposable wet wipes into your toilet.

These items may be "flushable" but they do not dissolve or disintegrate.

They cause blockages and other problems in sewer systems. These problems are very expensive to fix, and will cause the cost of your sewer rates to increase.

So please be considerate and throw your "flushables" into the trash, or these items will wind up costing you, and other sewer users, a lot more money.

Thank you!