About the Oley Valley Heritage

The Oley Valley Heritage Association is a group of people who are proud of their heritage in the Oley Valley, and share a common interest in keeping the history of the valley alive. We strive to learn as much as we can about our heritage, so we can share it with you, and generations to come.

The Oley Valley Heritage Association can trace is roots to a water loss incident to the Oley Valley in the late 1970’s.  As part of a strategy to combat this environmental threat, a concerned citizens group sought protection through the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Oley Township was subsequently selected for the trust’s rural project in 1980. It took three years to survey the historic landmarks in the township, and prepare the application.  The effort paid off when, in 1983, the whole township was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  This was the largest nomination of its kind. After the National Trust project ended, the Oley Valley Heritage Association was incorporated to continue the mission.

We need your help for our next book

Do you think you know the history of the village of Oley?   Who built the homes along Main Street, and when were they built?  Are they the original buildings?  If not, what do you know about the buildings that were there previously? These are some of the questions we will try to answer in a book that we will publish next year, in 2020.

Research is underway to answer these questions, and during the next year, we will reach out to the current homeowners for their input.  We are seeking information about the village, family stories, and pictures of the homes along Main Street.  We also want to know if there are noteworthy attributes in any of the homes.  Maybe a previous owner signed a beam in the attic, or maybe the property has an old bake oven protected by clay tiles.  We would like to include this type of detail in the history of each property.

If you have information that might help us tell this story, we would like to hear from you.  Please contact us at info@oleyvalleyheritage.org

Protecting our Future by Preserving our Past