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Available at the Berks County Heritage Center

2201 Tulpehocken Rd., Wyomissing PA 19610

Call 610-374-8839 for more information.



“The Gruber Wagon Works: The Place Where Time Stood Still”, by Carol J. Hunsberger , available in hardcover copy for $35. 

 The Gruber Wagon Works
         The Gruber Wagon Works began in the late 1860’s with founder Franklin H. Gruber repairing and building farm wagons at his family farm. The structure is listed as a National Historic Landmark and stands today as part of the Berks County Heritage Center.

The book is divided into 3 segments: ¨ the history of the wagon works, ¨the people involved, ¨ and the preserving of the structure. Beautifully illustrated with family and archival photos and graphics.


Published by the Society for the Preservation of the Gruber Wagon Works.

“Wagon Making in the United States During the Late 19th through Mid 20th Centuries”, original theses by Paul Kube, with introduction and other supplemental materials by Clayton E. Ray, available in soft cover copy for $22.95.
 Wagon Making In the US
            Wagon Making will appeal to historians of industry and technology. The book includes photos, a chapter on wagon making in general, and production records of the Gruber Wagon Works. Collectors of tools and farm implements, as well as those interested in Americana will find an interest in the descriptions of tools and how they were used by the craftsmen of the period.

             This book presents ¨ a unique surviving example of late 19th century manufacturing, ¨ a living history recorded when the factory was still operating, ¨ and explains how the craftsmen’s tools were used in the manufacture of these historic wagons.


Published by The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company