Ephrata Cloister

One of America’s earliest – and unusual – communal villages, Ephrata Cloister, a unique complex of medieval style buildings in Lancaster County, offers a rare glimpse at a radical eighteenth century community once inhabited by devout religious celibates and today best known for its original music, fraktur and books. Throughout the year, Ephrata Cloister conducts special...
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Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

Preserving and interpreting the fascinating history and culture of one of the Keystone State’s most important industries, the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum showcases thousands of objects and artifacts, in addition to a logging camp and working sawmill. On July 4-5 [1993], the popular Bark Peelers’ Convention will feature crafts, demonstrations, logging competitions, and period...
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Eckley Miners’ Village

Recalling the everyday life of the hard coal miner and his family, Eckley Miners’ Village is a unique living history complex of several dozen original buildings, in addition to a visitors’ interpretive center. Eckley was settled in 1854 as a company-owned “patch town,” which it remained until 1971. Today, seasonal events recount what life was like for an anthracite region...
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Bushy Run Battlefield

Commemorating the military encounter in August 1763, during which the British – led by Col. Henry Bouquet – triumphed over united Native American forces, Bushy Run Battlefield in Westmoreland County offers both guided and self-guided tours. This battle marked the turning point in Pontiac’s Rebellion and decided the territorial fate of the frontier. During the summer, special...
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The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Exploring the Keystone State’s rich culture, fascinating natural heritage, and exciting history, The State Museum of Pennsylvania offers extensive collections and exhibitions chronicling the Commonwealth’s story – from earth’s beginning to the present! Throughout each season, The State Museum presents numerous events and special activities in conjunction with exhibits....
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Landis Valley Museum

Celebrating the traditions and customs of Pennsylvania German rural life and culture, the Landis Valley Museum features a renowned collection of objects and artifacts reflecting domestic, trade, and farm practices. Thirty buildings and structures – including two farmsteads – interpret the daily life of Pennsylvania’s German settlers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries....
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U.S. Brig Niagara

Commissioned as the Commonwealth’s official flagship in 1990, the United States Brig Niagara is a re-creation of the sailing warship commanded by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry during the Battle of Lake Erie in September 1813. Today, the vessel – crewed by professionals and volunteers – gives visitors a rare opportunity to see, firsthand, the workings of a nineteenth century...
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Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Established in 1934 to preserve the Keystone State’s native flora, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve is an eighty acre sanctuary of woods, glades, meadows, and ponds. The Preserve, located on the ground of Washington Crossing Historic Park, offers visitors more than two dozen trails to explore wild flowers, ferns, trees, shrubs, and vines in their natural settings. Bowman’s...
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Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Chronicling the exciting history and fascinating technology of the Keystone State’s railroad industry from the fabled age of steam to innovations of this century, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, features an extensive collection of rolling stock and related railroading equipment and memorabilia. Throughout the year, the Railroad Museum conducts a series of special...
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Joseph Priestley House

Built in 1794 by the preeminent theologian and chemist, the Joseph Priestley House reflects the lifestyle of the noted scientist and discoverer of gases, including oxygen, who lived here until his death. Throughout 1994, the historic house museum will observe the two hundredth anniversary of the arrival of Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) in Pennsylvania with educational programs and commemorative...
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