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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

Ride into History at the Gettysburg Battlefield

07/31/2018 - 7:11pm

There’s an even better way to experience the grounds of America’s most famous battlefield and it’s not a ghost tour. On a horseback riding tour of the hallowed pastoral battlefield, you’ll get a new look at just about everything--literally! From your new vantage point on horseback, and with the help of your knowledgeable tour guide, a...

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Explore Pennsylvania's Trails of History

06/27/2018 - 1:26pm

One of the best ways to truly get to know Pennsylvania is through the Trails of History offered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). These mapped trails take you on a journey into our past and tell the inspiring stories of our forebears as they settled a new colony, triumphed on the field of battle, and quickly...

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Explore Eagles Mere in the Endless Mountains

05/13/2018 - 5:27pm

For over two centuries, people have been visiting a secluded mountain resort town in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains known for its cool, clean air and crystal clear waters. Eagles Mere, called The Town Time Forgot, remains much as it did years ago thanks to the efforts of its visitors placing the land into the protective stewardship of a Lake A...

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Explore the History of Cornwall Iron Furnace

03/29/2018 - 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...

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Uncover Pennsylvania's Underground Railroad Heritage

03/16/2018 - 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...

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Visit the Houdini Museum in Scranton

03/05/2018 - 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...

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Explore Bethlehem’s National Museum of Industrial History

02/15/2018 - 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...

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National Historic Site & Victorian Town near the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail

01/26/2018 - 6:52pm

A short distance from the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail, is the remnants of a Revolutionary War era iron foundry. The only “most complete” charcoal cold blast furnace in the Western Hemisphere, the Cornwall Iron Furnace ...

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Experience the American Revolution in Philadelphia

01/26/2018 - 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...

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The Age of Iron: The Beginning of America's Industrial Revolution

01/10/2018 - 11:10pm
In 1771, an ironmaster named Mark Bird founded Hopewell Furnace in the wild depths of Pennsylvania's forested frontier. In a few short years, the fires of Hopewell would be rampantly producing the metal required to arm the Continental Army and Navy with cannon, shot, and shell, allowing the rebel states to topple the most powerful...
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