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More than 1,000 museums and hundreds of historical sites tell of the Commonwealth’s rich, storied, and important past. Gettysburg and Philadelphia are best known, but the entire state is rich with historic preservation—as well as the kind of living history you can only find in a place that treasures its streetscapes and architecture. Pennsylvania boasts 30 National Park Service parks, trails, and landmarks.

And when you’re finished touring, great antique shops and local merchants offer unique, historic, and local merchandise. There are more than 130 farmers and artisans markets in Pennsylvania.

So when you get off the highway in Pennsylvania, you can truly take a trip to Unique!

History & Heritage Blog

From Rails to Trails

03/15/2020 - 1:09pm

Miles of railroad track once spread like an intricately woven web across Pennsylvania connecting the tiniest towns to the largest cities and creating the framework for the largest transportation system in the world. By 1980, many lines were sold and abandoned. These same lines were transformed into greenway corridors to preserve a colorful part...

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Made in PA

03/08/2020 - 6:39pm

What’s made in Pennsylvania certainly need not stay in Pennsylvania, as anyone familiar with the provenance of household brands like Hershey’s and Snyder’s can attest. Yet Pennsylvania natives familiar with the wider selection of what’s made in Pennsylvania, from the state’s signature chocolates and snack foods to musical instruments, can also v...

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Travel the Fred Roger's Trail in PIttsburgh

02/02/2020 - 4:00pm

If you grew up on Mister Roger’s Neighborhood but never grew out of the lessons and beloved characters it brought to life, take a trip down memory lane to visit the Pittsburgh neighborhoods that inspired this iconic show.

The Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Exhibit at the...

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Observe Black History Month in Philadelphia

01/07/2020 - 7:31am

The United States has celebrated Black History Month ever since its inauguration by President Gerald Ford during the country’s bicentennial celebration in 1976. In the words of President Ford, during the month of February all Americans are encouraged to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in...

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Fun Things to Do This December in Pennsylvania

12/02/2019 - 10:07am

Kick-off the Christmas season (and check-off items on your shopping list) at Christmas Village in Philadelphia, where you can sample authentic German food as well as find rare crafts, jewelry, and art work. With more than 80 vendors and a visitation by the original Christkind from Germ...

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Holiday Tours of the Gifford Pinchot Family Estate

10/21/2019 - 1:08am

This holiday, visit the decorated family estate of Gifford Pinchot and tour its spacious rooms, stone walls, gardens, and even its temple-like outdoor pool. The castle-like manor, named Grey Towers, is now a hub for environmentalism, ecology, and the epic history of America’s forests. As the founder and first chief of the United States Forest Se...

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The Road to Gettysburg: Defending the Commonwealth

10/21/2019 - 1:07am

The American Civil War tore apart families and torched cities. It was filled with fire and blood, tears and tumult. But it also brought about a new era in the history of our young nation, one where freedom could truly reign and all men were recognized as being created equal.

The Road to Gettysburg begins to tell the story of the cost and...

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Celebrating 70 Years of Christmas - Koziars Christmas Village

10/21/2019 - 1:07am

Named the “Best Outdoor Christmas Display in the World” by Display Magazine, the Koziar’s Christmas Village near Bernville, Pennsylvania has been displaying its stunning Christmas lights for sixty-eight years. Still a family-operated attraction by the Koziar daughters, this light show features over 500,000 lights illuminating the Koziar...

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Philadelphia’s New Museum of the American Revolution

10/21/2019 - 1:06am

Philadelphia’s brand new museum in its Historic District, just feet away from Independence Hall, tells the story of the creation of the American nation, one that history had been waiting for, and brings to life the people, events, and ideals that defined the American Revolution. The 118,000 square foot museum opened its doors on April 19, 2017 d...

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Preserving American History: Valley Forge National Park

10/21/2019 - 1:06am

In December of 1777, a massive group of rebel soldiers began a grueling affair just 20 miles from Philadelphia. Troops arrived in the thousands to Valley Forge for the 3rd Winter Encampment of the Continental Army and the gathering was tremendous; hundreds of log huts were built, making the location one of the biggest cities in the colonies. Dis...

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