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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

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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The Longest Road: PA's Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

01/10/2018 - 11:06pm

The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is a historic pathway that once carried coal and iron from Wilkes-Barre to Philadelphia, connecting the abundant natural resources of northern Pennsylvania with one of America's greatest cities and the rest of the world. Once home to the Native American Lenni Lenape tribe, the large region was a...

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All Aboard the Fall Foliage Express

09/17/2017 - 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...

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5 Hikes for History Buffs

09/10/2017 - 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.


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Tour the Martin Guitar Factory in Nazareth, PA

08/02/2017 - 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...

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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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