The Oley Valley
The Oley Valley is located in southeastern Berks County and is well-known for its agricultural and architectural landscape. Enclosed by hills to the west, north, and east, and by the Schuylkill River to the south, the valley is bowl shaped. The land is drained by the Antietam, Owatin, Manatawny and Monocacy Creeks and the valley contains such towns as Douglassville, Oley, and Lobachsville. Early settlers of the region included the Jones’, Douglass’, Boone’s, DeTurk’s, Bertolet’s, Lincoln’s and many other families of European descent. The valley is also known as a melting pot of religious communities. Religions in the valley included Catholics, Anglicans, Quakers, Mennonites, Moravians, Lutherans, and many others.