Heritage Highlights

Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro Daniel Boone Birthday Program, November 3, 1996 Christmas at the Homestead, December 8, 1996 Brandywine Battlefield Park, Chadds Ford Chadds Ford Candlelight Christmas Tours, December 1, 1996 Cornwall Iron Furnace, Cornwall Christmas at Cornwall Iron Furnace, December 5-6, 1996 Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata Apple Dumpling Festival, October 12, 1996 Christmas at the...
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A Blast from the Past: Cornwall Iron Furnace

Driving on narrow sinuous back roads through lush, verdant forests – just a half dozen miles north of the busy Pennsylvania Turnpike – unsuspecting travelers can’t help being struck by an odd-looking complex of Gothic Revival-style buildings and structures. This place, this curious collection of buildings, both large and small, appears to have been literally plucked from a far...
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Letters to the Editor

Furnace Folklore The folklore of Cornwall Iron Furnace includes three apocryphal tales: Washing­ton and Lafayette visited; the value of gold extracted at Cornwall was sufficient to pay all mining expenses, all other revenue being pure profit; and stone from the dis­mantled Robert H. Coleman mansion was used in the construction of St. Luke’s Epis­copal Church in Lebanon [“Letters to...
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Letters

Laurel Hill Your most interesting article on Laurel Hill [“An Address for the Afterlife at Laurel Hill Cemetery” by James McClelland, Winter 2007] could have named many important families. One may be of particular interest to readers in Lebanon, Lancaster, and Dauphin Counties. The immensely wealthy and influential Coleman family of Lebanon, Cornwall, Mt. Gretna, and Colebrook, as...
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Celebrating Volunteers on the Pennsylvania Trails of History

Every spring we honor those who contribute their experience and expertise to support the mission and work of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). In 2011–2012 volunteers donated approximately 117,000 hours at historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History®. This impressive collective donation is valued at nearly $2.5 million, based on data provided by...
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Exploring the Pennsylvania Energy Trail of History

Pennsylvania’s vast natural resources helped fuel the growth and development of both state and nation, spawning innumerable advances in transportation, industry, technology, and science. These resources propelled an economy that supported generations of men and women. The Pennsylvania Trails of History, a network of historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and...
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Executive Director’s Letter

Pennsylvania is widely recognized as one of the most visited states in the nation. Tourists flock here to see authentic places and national historical landmarks such as the Gettysburg Battlefield, Washington Crossing Historic Park, Fallingwater, and Independence Hall. But they also come to explore our historic cities and towns, pristine landscapes, and the diverse cultural traditions of...
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Discovering Religious Diversity Along the Pennsylvania Trails of History

William Penn (1644-1718) knew well the sting of discrimination and the misery of persecution for his religious beliefs. He suffered the consequences of breaking with the Church of England, leading to estrangement from his father, Admiral Sir William Penn (1621-1670). When imprisoned for attending meetings of the Society of Friends – commonly called Quakers and Friends – the younger...
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