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Visit Pennsylvania's Historic Places
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
Discover 16,000 Years of History at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter04/18/2018 - 11:04am
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...Read More
Explore the History of Cornwall Iron Furnace03/29/2018 - 6:48pm
Pennsylvania has a long-standing reputation for preserving history and our cities shelter some of the nation’s most important and priceless documents, artifacts, and relics. In Lebanon County, Cornwall Iron Furnace stands as the most complete and well-preserved site (in fact, the only intact) charcoal-burning iron blast furnace in its o...Read More
Uncover Pennsylvania's Underground Railroad Heritage03/16/2018 - 6:19pm
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, freedom seekers made their way by any means necessary to Pennsylvania seeking liberty and civil rights. They were guided by conductors, harbored and welcomed in safe houses, and transported at "stations" along the way. Today, you and your guests can travel in their footsteps, stand on hallowed ground and c...Read More
Visit the Houdini Museum in Scranton03/05/2018 - 11:30am
Selected as one of ten of Pennsylvania’s most haunted locations, the Houdini Museum in Scranton is the only museum in the world entirely devoted to preserving the legacy of the legendary escape artist and stuntman, Harry Houdini. Take a tour of Houdini’s life, watch a classic stage magic show by renowned Dorothy Dietrich, and even play an import...Read More
Explore Bethlehem’s National Museum of Industrial History02/15/2018 - 11:45am
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is one of our state’s greatest cities. Almost singlehandedly, and in tandem with the contributions of Pittsburgh and Johnstown in the west, Bethlehem Steel constructed America’s crown jewel, New York City. Skyscrapers soared upwards to impossible heights. As pioneers of the steel “I beam”, Bethlehem allowed America to rea...Read More
Experience the American Revolution in Philadelphia01/26/2018 - 9:16am
Bring the revolution to life at Philadelphia’s newest museum, the Museum of the American Revolution (M*AR). The extensive collection of colonial-era artwork, objects, printed works, and priceless artifacts is more than a century in the making and displayed to explore the ideas, events, and legacies of America’s revolutionary foundation. Take a g...Read More
Celebrating 70 Years of Christmas - Koziars Christmas Village01/10/2018 - 11:01pm
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...Read More
All Aboard the Fall Foliage Express09/17/2017 - 12:50pm
Well-known by its famous moniker, “Penn’s Woods,” Pennsylvania is one of the most enchanting locations in the country for the fall foliage season. As the autumn colors cover the states in the seasonal spectacle, there’s no better way to enjoy the brilliant shades of red, yellow, and orange than on one of Pennsylvania’s many historic railroads. E...Read More
5 Hikes for History Buffs09/10/2017 - 10:59am
Looking for a way to squeeze in a workout and a history lesson on your next getaway? Flex your muscle memory while enjoying the timeless beauty of Cumberland Valley with these five historical hiking trails and spots.
Tour the Martin Guitar Factory in Nazareth, PA08/02/2017 - 5:13pm
Almost two centuries ago, Christian “C.F.” Martin left Germany for the freedom of New York City, leaving behind the economic restrictions of the European guild system to start America’s oldest guitar manufacturing company. Within a few years, the German immigrant relocated his burgeoning young business to Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Besides crafting...Read More