UPPER BERN TWP., Pa. - A popular roadside destination in Berks County is closing its doors after 85 years in business.
Roadside America announced its permanent closure in a Facebook post on Saturday, after more than three years of searching for a potential buyer of the miniature train village.
"Nearly 3 years ago we decided to place the display for sale, hoping to find a buyer who would continue business operations," the post said. "Despite meeting with multiple interested parties over the last 2 years, each with their own unique vision, none committed to moving forward with the village."
Loyal visitors were quick to flood the Facebook post. As of Sunday afternoon, there were nearly 1,000 comments, with many people sharing memories of their time there.
"The one thing that I will miss more than anything are the people that I've met over the many decades. That's what I'll miss," owner Dolores Heinsohn said.
In the weeks to come, Roadside America said it will be auctioning off all display pieces, including buildings, bridges, figures and animations.
"It's been a long, painful process, but that's the way it is," Heinsohn said.
The attraction's owners thanked their valued customers and supporters.
"I'm just glad that they enjoyed it and they have the wonderful memories," Heinsohn said, "and they can tell children and people that have never seen it how wonderful it was."