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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

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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Listen to the Tower of Voices at the Flight 93 National Memorial

10/20/2019 - 11:12pm

Located on the ridge above the Memorial Plaza at the crash site, the Visitor Center Complex hosts the exhibit area, Learning Center, Allee and Western Overlook trailheads, and Flight Path Walkway and Overlook. The Memorial Plaza nearby is a one-mile drive from the Visitor Center Complex; the two walking trails can also be used to visit the Memor...

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Celebrate the Star Spangled Banner with a visit to Independence Square

10/20/2019 - 11:11pm

Inspired by the sight of the American flag still waving in the early morning air following the relentless British assault on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, the poem that would later be known as the Star Spangled Banner actually did not become our official national anthem until 1931. Before that, we didn’t have a national anthem a...

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Terrifying Tourism: Explore Philly’s Eastern State Penitentiary

10/20/2019 - 11:10pm

Opened nearly two hundred years ago, the world’s most expensive prison is now one of the scariest themed attractions around. The stone gothic structure, originally designed in Benjamin Franklin’s home and built with soaring 30-foot high fortress walls, was built with the intention to terrify those that entered its boundaries. Its dark past alone...

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Discover 16,000 Years of History at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter

10/20/2019 - 11:10pm

Travel back 16,000 years to western Pennsylvania this spring with a visit to the Meadowcroft Rockshelter. Sixty years ago, a Washington County, PA farmer struck something a little more valuable than gold: a soon-to-be major archaeological site that would yield over two million artifacts from the oldest site of human habitation ever discovered on...

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Steel Away to Pittsburgh for a look at Industrial Heritage

10/20/2019 - 9:07pm

Founded on March 18, 1816, the City of Pittsburgh is celebrating its 201st birthday. The city forged its history at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. In the early 1800s, the city garnered a reputation for its dramatic industrial development, boasting glass factories, breweries, iron mills and a steam engine factory. E...

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