Somerset Historical Center

For family fun and adventure this summer, visit the Somerset Historical Center! Recalling the fervent pioneering spirit that settled the Keystone State’s rugged frontier, museum exhibits also showcase tools, implements, crafts, and machinery that supported southwestern Pennsylvania’s rural life for more than two centuries. During the weekend of September 9-11 [1994], the Somerset...
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Hope Lodge

Discover one of the country’s most beautiful Georgian style mansions by visiting Hope Lodge in Montgomery County, built in the 1740s by prominent Quaker gristmill operator Samuel Morris. In addition to its confident classical architectural style, Hope Lodge features a prized collection of antique and period furniture and furnishings spanning the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries....
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Washington Crossing Historic Park

History comes alive for visitors to Washington Crossing Historic Park, where George Washington crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Day 1776 to attack the unsuspecting enemy forces at Trenton, New Jersey. Washington’s victory bolstered the morale of his tattered army, changing the course of the American Revolution. On December 25, an actor portraying the general reenacts the legendary...
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Fort Pitt Museum

Experience the saga of the bitter struggle between France and Great Britain for control of North America by visiting the Fort Pitt Museum. Located in a re-created eighteenth century bastion in Pittsburgh’s picturesque Point State Park, the museum features exciting exhibits and conducts a number of living history events each year, including the popular “Colonial Fair at the...
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Brandywine Battlefield Park

The campaign at Brandywine Battlefield Park the site of the famous Revolutionary War battle, comes to life for visitors as they tour fascinating exhibits and stroll the bucolic – and historic – grounds in Delaware County. Although General George Washington’s forces were defeated at Brandywine in September 1777 in their valiant struggle for control of strategic territory near...
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Cornwall Iron Furnace

Imagine being able to step back in time to the mid-1850s by visiting one of the best-preserved nineteenth century ironmaking facilities in the world! Cornwall Iron Furnace, Lebanon County, in blast from 1742 to 1883, primarily produced pig iron and domestic products, but also cast cannon for the American Revolution and gun blocks during the Civil War. The furnace was once the heart of a ten...
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Conrad Weiser Homestead

Discover the excitement of frontier America by visiting the home of Conrad Weiser (1696-1760), the celebrated colonial diplomat, judge, community planner, farmer, church leader, soldier, and Pennsylvania’s foremost Indian treatymaker. Weiser mediated peace between Pennsylvania and the Iroquois Nation. Throughout 1996, which marks the three hundredth birthday of the famous peacemaker, the...
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Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum

Explore the intriguing saga of life and labor in northeastern Pennsylvania’s hard coal region – visit the Pennsylvania’s hard coal region – visit the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, located in McDade Park, Scranton, Lackawanna County. Fascinating exhibits reveal what life has been like for generations of immigrants living in the region’s diverse ethnic...
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Daniel Boone Homestead

Visit the actual site where the legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734-1820) was born and raised – and learn how the Keystone State was settled in the eighteenth century. This fascinating historic site in Berks County interprets the life of the Boone family and examines the heritage of the region’s early settlers – among them English Quaker, German, Swiss, Huguenot, and...
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Old Economy Village

Step back into another era – and a vastly different place – by visiting Old Economy Village in Ambridge, Beaver County. Founded in 1824 by visionary George Rapp (1757-1847), the village was the third and final settlement of the Harmony Society, one of the country’s most successful religious communal societies. The Harmonists were well known for their industriousness, piety, and...
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