PA Historic Places

Pennsylvania’s best historic destinations.

Exploring Boalsburg Pennsylvania the birthplace of Memorial Day.

Exploring Boalsburg – the Birthplace of Memorial Day

The village of Boalsburg in Centre County is recognized as the birthplace of Memorial Day in the United States. And while this national holiday shines the spotlight on Boalsburg one day a year, ANY time...
Facing the altar inside the Columbus Chapel in Boalsburg Pennsylvania.

Exploring the Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion in Centre County

The Columbus Chapel in Centre County contains the largest and most important collection of Christopher Columbus artifacts and memorabilia on the North American continent! Located on the grounds of the Boal Mansion, the story of...
Early spring at Fallingwater in the Pennsylvania Laurel Highlands.

7 Man-Made Wonders of the PA Laurel Highlands

If you're looking for the 7 man-made wonders of the PA Laurel Highlands, you're in the right place! While the PA Laurel Highlands region is world-renowned for its natural beauty, it's also home to some...
The 5 Best Railfan Sites Near Altoona Pennsylvania.

The 5 Best Railroad Overlooks Near Altoona

Nowhere in Pennsylvania will you find a greater concentration of railroad overlooks than the Altoona region! And while there are historic spots for railfans to visit all across the Keystone State, you'll find the largest...
Visiting the Jumonville Cross in 2022.

Visiting the Jumonville Cross in Fayette County

The Jumonville Cross in Fayette County is the tallest cross in Pennsylvania! This 60 foot-tall steel monument stands perched high atop Dunbar's Knob, which itself stands 2,480 feet above sea level. Since 1950, this iconic symbol...
Exploring Centre Furnace Mansion is State College Pennsylvania

Exploring Centre Furnace Mansion in State College

Centre Furnace Mansion in State College served as the home for a series of "iron masters" in the late 1700s through the mid 1800s. It is also the birthplace of Farmers High School in 1855,...
Exploring the Staple Bend Tunnel in Cambria County Pennsylvania.

Exploring the Staple Bend Tunnel in Cambria County

The Staple Bend Tunnel in Cambria County has the distinction of being the first railroad tunnel built in the United States! Constructed as part of the Allegheny Portage Railroad, this 901 foot-long tunnel was built...
Exploring the Allegheny Portage Railroad near Altoona Pennsylvania.

Exploring the Allegheny Portage Railroad Near Altoona

The Allegheny Portage Railroad near Altoona is one of the most historic railroading sites in Pennsylvania! This 36 mile-long track was the first railroad built across the Allegheny Mountains, allowing for canals on the eastern...
Inside the Layton Tunnel in Fayette County PA.

Exploring the Layton Bridge and Tunnel in Fayette County

The Layton Bridge and Tunnel are a pair of historic structures in Fayette County, originally constructed for the Washington Run Railroad in the late 1890s. Both the tunnel and bridge were constructed by the A.P....
Exploring Brantview Farms Maple Camp in Somerset County PA

Exploring Brantview Farms Maple Camp in Somerset County

Brantview Farms Maple Camp in Somerset County is an excellent place to experience the entire process of maple syrup being made, from tree to table! This maple camp doubles as a "maple syrup museum" of...

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