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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

Celebrating African American History in Pittsburgh

07/28/2017 - 5:28pm

In Pittsburgh’s famous Cultural District, the August Wilson Center for African American Culture stands as a dazzling, modern beacon of art and social progress. The museum hosts galleries, classrooms, a 500-seat theatre, and a multitude of spaces for visual and performing arts. Since 2009, this building has celebrated the contributions, in all it...

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Jim Thorpe: Authentic Small-Town Charm!

07/28/2017 - 5:26pm

Formerly know as Mauch Chunk (mock-CHUNK), Jim Thorpe has a rich and historic past. Once a vital industrial coal transportation town during the 19th century, it is now a year-round destination that takes on its own life and magic in each season. Located at the base of a steep valley carved b...

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Explore Pennsylvania's Rivers of Steel

07/28/2017 - 10:54am

Imagine the great city of Pittsburgh at the turn of the 20th century. Massive pillars of black smoke twist into the sky over the city’s towers. The air is murky, and factories and warehouses are almost overflowing with tired, underpaid industrial workers. In 1875, Pennsylvania became the steel capital of the world, making the steel ne...

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Built Tough: The Celebration of Lumber in PA

07/28/2017 - 10:51am

At the time European colonization began in the New World, the region we call “Penn’s Woods” was covered in 90% forest. Pennsylvania’s tall, straight white pine and hemlock trees provided the globe with high-in-demand ship masts, turning the state into a hub of logging. Due to the deforestation of the state, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purch...

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Pennsylvania's Old Economy Village

06/25/2017 - 2:17pm

With its foundations constructed on the tenant of religious freedom, Pennsylvania was an attractive option for thousands of emigrants seeking refuge from the religious persecution that could be easily encountered in 18th- and 19th century Europe. For a group of German Lutherans, under the leadership of a self-proclaimed prophet by the name of Ge...

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Discover Gettysburg at the Dobbin House Tavern

05/19/2017 - 9:27am

The Dobbin House Tavern is Gettysburg’s oldest and most historic home; not only was the house built in 1776—an important year for our history—it also acted as a hospital following the Battle of Gettysburg and a crawl space for runaway slaves seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad. The house’s role as a spectator and participant in some of o...

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Take a Tour of Fallingwater

03/22/2017 - 10:04am

Pennsylvania’s roots run deep into its soil and cover many layers, dozens of facets, and take on a variety of forms. From lumber to apples, Pennsylvania has been leading many of the planet’s richest industries by reaping the rewards of a lush land abundant with natural resources. But besides its industry and inventiveness, Pennsylvania also has...

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Visit Valley Forge during President's Day Week

02/22/2017 - 9:18am

It’s President’s Day and there isn’t a better spot to celebrate our greatest Founding Father than at Valley Forge National Historic Park. The 3,500 acres of fields were once the site of George Washington’s winter encampment during the Revolutionary War. Despite the famine, disease, and exposure endured by the army in the winter of 1777-1778, whe...

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Winter Wine Tasting: The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail

12/12/2016 - 11:46am

Lift your spirits this holiday season on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail, eastern Pennsylvania’s fastest-growing wine region. The award-winning wine trail spreads its nine family-owned wineries and vineyards across six counties near the metropolitan area of Philadelphia. Known for its signature grape, Chambourcin, that all nine wineries grow, the L...

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February is Black History Month

11/14/2016 - 10:50am

The City of Pittsburgh has collaborated with the Toonseum to celebrate Black History Month. The exhibition entitled "Beyond the Funny Pages: The works of art and life captured in comics" is located in the lobby of the City-County Building and open from February 3-28, 2014 weekdays from 8:00am...

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