PA Historic Places

Pennsylvania’s best historic destinations.

Aerial view of Austin Dam ruins in Potter County Pennsylvania.

Exploring the Austin Dam Ruins in Potter County

Austin Dam in Potter County was billed as "the dam that could not break" at the time of its construction in 1909. Yet two years later it broke, with catastrophic consequences, on September 30....
The modern-day replica of Fort Necessity at the National Battlefield in Fayette County PA

Exploring Fort Necessity in Fayette County

Fort Necessity in Fayette County is the site of the first battle in what would become known in North America as the French and Indian War (and known elsewhere as the Seven Years War),...
Historical reenactors staging an attack on Fort Ligonier.

Exploring Fort Ligonier in Westmoreland County

Fort Ligonier in Westmoreland County is a historically accurate reproduction of a British fort originally constructed in 1758 during what would become known as the French and Indian War. Brief History of Fort Ligonier In the...
Approaching the Wall of Names along the Plaza Walkway at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville PA

Exploring the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County

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On the morning of September 11, 2001, the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 fought one of the first battles in the war against radical Islamic terrorists in the skies over western...
Fall foliage in Bedford County at the 1806 Old Log Church.

Exploring the 1806 Old Log Church in Bedford County

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The 1806 Old Log Church is the oldest standing church in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Located right along Route 30, AKA the Lincoln Highway, it is visited by thousands of people from around the globe every...
Saint Severin Old Log Church in Clearfield County

Exploring the Saint Severin Old Log Church in Clearfield County

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The Saint Severin Old Log Church in Clearfield County is a well-preserved example of mid-19th century "frontier" architecture. Projecting an image that is both holy yet austere, Saint Severin is an interesting trip back in...
Looking out across the National Cemetery in Gettysburg towards the Soldiers' National Monument.

Exploring the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg

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The Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg is some of the most historic and hallowed ground in Pennsylvania. Cemetery Hill, near the site from which Union forces repelled Pickett's Charge on Cemetery Ridge, was in the...
Westbound train passing through the viewing area at the Horseshoe Curve.

Exploring the Horseshoe Curve Near Altoona

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The Horseshoe Curve near Altoona is a must-see destination for train-lovers of all ages! Considered one of the "engineering wonders of the world" at the time of its completion in 1854, it continues to offer...

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