Roadside America, Shartlesville

Roadside America is an unforgettable panorama of life in rural United States. The exhibit spans more than two hundred years of history and 7,450 square feet in scale. Created entirely by one man, the beautiful architecture and attention to detail paid to each handcrafted building is enough to captivate even the biggest skeptic.

Aside from the countless parked trains filling packed train yards, the display features 9 fully operational railroads. Visitors can control 3 of these railroads with the press of a button! Train enthusiasts will enjoy watching the various O-Guage trains and trolleys wiz through the vast miniature landscape.

Throughout the display, scattered push buttons allow visitors to control a plethora of animations that bring the village to life. Included on these push buttons are 3 fully operational trolleys, a full circus parade, an operating mine shaft, and so much more!

Also unique to our display is the use of real water! Flowing waterways, fantastic hilltop fountains, and a huge canyon waterfall are just a few of the many sites to see at Roadside America.

As night falls over the display (every 30 minutes) and the village's miniature inhabitants go to sleep; the landscape comes alive with street lights aglow, trains and trolleys rushing around all through the night, and a plane circling the display from above in a beautiful night pageant.
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  • Finally a place we could visit off the grid, a step back in son was introduced to places i visited growing up  more »
  • This place is a time capsule that should be a must visit when passing through. Great memories and the novelty shop has some interesting stuff not found anywhere else!  more »
  • Great place. Wonderful history. Needs repairs every now and again. Would also be nice if they added on or had a new exhibit. It's been the same for 15 years.
  • What better way to break up a long monotonous drive than a stop at the largest tiny town you've ever seen. Really a worthwhile stop if you are trying to stretch your legs. Fairly affordable yet definitely spectacular.

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