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St. David's Church at Valley Forge, PA.  ca 1925.

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A directory of Historical Museums in Pennsylvania, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to Pennsylvania?  A visit to these Pennsylvania history museums and historical sites will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.  Look to the past and see how early Pennsylvania people lived.  You will gain insight into the ways, events and places which shaped our country.

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Adams County Historical Society and Museum

[Manuscripts and Archives]

Known "The County's Attic", the museum is devoted the preservation and display of the history of Adams County, Pennsylvania.  The society also houses a research library and archives for researchers.

The Appalacian Trail Museum

The Appalachian Trail Museum is housed inside an old mill and features exhibits of artifacts belonging to hiking pioneers such as Grandma Gatewood, Gene Espy and Ed Garvey.  Located about two miles from the midpoint of the Appalachian Trail, inside Pine Grove Furnace State Park at 1120 Pine Grove Road in Gardners, PA.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Farmstead   [History]

The farmhouse was home to Dwight D. Eisenhower and is located next to Gettysburg National Military Park and is open for tours.  250 Eisenhower Farm Lane, Gettysburg, PA.

Gettysburg National Military Park   [History]

Hear Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Park Brochure

Visit the battlefield and monuments dedicated to the soldiers who fought in the Civil War conflict.  The Battle of Gettysburg was considered a turning point in the fate of the United States.  The site includes a Visitor Center and Museum devoted to the history of this great battle in U.S. history.  Located at 97 Taneytown Road in Gettysburg, PA.

 

Allegheny County

Bushy Run Battlefield

[History of Bushy Run Battlefield]

[Tours]

Focused on the history of Pontiac's War, the historic site features a Visitor Center and offers battlefield tours.  Located at 1253 Bushy Run Road in Jeannette, PA.

Fort Pitt Blockhouse

[Inside the Blockhouse]

[Fort Pitt Blockhouse Historical Timeline]

Originally built in 1764 as a defensive redoubt to serve Fort Pitt, the structure is the only remaining structure of Fort Pitt.  Fort Pitt was a British Fort used during the French and Indian War.  Today, it is owned and operated by the Fort Pitt Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.  The Fort Pitt Blockhouse is open to the public and features a small museum inside.  Located inside the Point State Park directly across from the Fort Pitt Museum.

Fort Pitt Museum 

[Fort Pitt History Timeline]

The Fort Pitt Museum and Bushy Run Battlefield State historic sites provide insight in the French and Indian War, Pontiac's War and frontier history during the colonial period in western Pennsylvania.  Fort Pitt is located at 101 Commonwealth Place inside Point State Park in Pittsburgh, PA.

Oliver Miller's Homestead  [History]

Take a step back in time to simpler days when you visit the Oliver Miller Homestead.  Self guided tours feature associates dressed in period attire, craft demonstrations and information about the history of the Oliver Miller family and local history.  Located at 2299 Corrigan Drive in Bethel Park, PA.

Heinz History Center 

[Photo Collection]

Visitors to the Senator John Heinz History Center will discover over 250 years of Pittsburgh history.  Featuring over 275,000 square feet in six floors of changing exhibits, the museum is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania.  Included at the site is the Thomas & Katherine Detre Library & Archives where researchers will find help and resources for Western Pennsylvania & Pittsburgh research.  Located at 1212 Smallman Street in Pittsburgh, PA.

Soldiers and Sailors National Military Museum and Memorial

Housed inside the Soldiers & Sailors memorial building, the museum features historical artifacts, photos and materials related to the soldiers and sailors in American history along with a concert hall, an elegant ballroom which is available for rental, The Gettysburg Room devoted to the Civil War and the Hall of Valor where tribute is paid to American heroes.  Located at 4141 Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA.

Woodville Plantation  [History]  [Photos]

Built ca 1780 it was originally the home of John & Presley Neville.  Other families occupying the house were the Cowans and the Wrenshalls.  Today, visitors can drift back in time to see how the wealthiest citizens of Pittsburgh lived in the late 18th century.  Guided tours are offered year round but visitors are advised to call for days of operation.  Located at 1375 Washington Pike in Bridgeville, PA.  Phone: 412-221-348.

 

Beaver County

Air Heritage Museum

Featuring a large collection of historical airplanes and helicopters, the museum offers aviation history to visitors through exhibits, historical aircraft and an extensive air history library.  Located in a hangar of the Beaver County Airport at 35 Piper Street in Beaver Falls, PA.

Beaver Area Heritage Museum

[Beaver County History Online]

Housed inside the 90-year-old former freight station for the Pittsburgh & Erie Railroad, this award winning local history museum features exhibits and artifacts related to the history of Beaver, Ft. McIntosh and the Beaver Valley of Pennsylvania.  On the grounds of the museum, visitors will find an 1802 log house which depicts the lifestyle of everyday life of a frontier family during that time in history.  Located at 1 River Road in Beaver, PA.

Fort McIntosh

Built in 1778, the Fort was used as the headquarters of the largest army to serve west of the Alleghenies to protect the western frontier from attacks by the British and Native Americans.  Today, after 4 years of archaeological digging, there are more than 80,000 artifacts along with the original stone footers, walls and fireplaces to take visitors back in time to the Revolutionary War period in what was to become Beaver, PA. The historical artifacts from Fort McIntosh are housed inside the Beaver Area Heritage Museum and Greersburg Academy.  The fort is located at River Road & Insurance Street in Beaver, PA.

Greersburg Academy

Built by Reverend Thomas E. Hughes of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church in 1802 as a preparatory school for college, Greersburg Academy is the oldest standing building in Beaver County.  Today, the building is operated as a museum and houses many of the Fort McIntosh historical artifacts and over 3000 Native American artifacts along with the history of the Underground Railroad in Beaver County.  Open seasonally.  Located at 710 Market Street in downtown Darlington, PA.

McCarl Industrial and Agricultural Museum of Beaver County

Built and operated by the Little Beaver Historical Society, the museum features exhibits and artifacts related to the agricultural history of Beaver County including farming implements, horse drawn items and farm machines.  The Hamilton Tool Forge and Foundry are housed in a separate building where visitors can enjoy demonstrations of blacksmithing, forging and foundry techiniques of earlier times.  Located at 801 & 803 Plumb Street in Darlington, PA.

Monaca Community Hall of Fame

Devoted to the people who have given themselves to the Monaca community.  Historical photos, documents and artifacts from the Monaca area of Pennsylvania are also on display.  Located at 1098 Pennsylvania Avenue in Monaca, PA.

Old Economy Village

[Harmonist History]

Economy Village was established in 1824 by The Harmony Society, a Christian communal group.  Today, the site features a large number of historic structures which have been restored.  Filled with artifacts, the picturesque village has been declared a National Historic Landmark Site where visitors can enjoy living history.  Olde Economy Village is open to the public for tours.  Begin your tour at the Visitors Center located at 270 16th Street in Ambridge, PA.

Southside Historical Village

[Virtual Tour]

The village features historical buildings and cabins which have been restored.  The village currently has a log cabin, a one room schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, an 1800s barn, a doctor's office, and a general store.  More buildings are being prepared.  Open once a month and for special events.  Check the site for hours of operation.  Located on the Hookstown Grange Fair Grounds at 1198 State Route 168 in Hookstown, PA.

St. Nicholas Chapel and Museum

The Nicholas Chapel is a replica of the wooden Greek Catholic Churches in the Carpathian Mountain region of central Europe.  A museum is housed on the lower level  featuring historical documents, photos and items.  Located at 5400 Tuscarawas Road in Beaver, PA.

William Vicary Mansion

[History]

Built in 1829 for Captain Vicary, a wealthy sea captain, the historic Vicary Mansion is today home to the Beaver County Historical Research & Landmarks Foundation.  It is being restored and is open to the public to be toured with costumed docents.  Located at 1235 3rd Avenue in Freedom, PA.

 

Bedford County

Bedford Historic Guided Walking Tour

This is a great way to learn about the history of Bedford, Pennsylvania and how the residents lived in the "olden days".  Offered by the Bedford County Visitors Bureau.  Visit their office at 131 South Juliana Street in Downtown Bedford, PA.

 

Bloody Run Historical Society Museum

Housed inside the historic Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain Railroad Depot, the museum is operated by the Bloody Run Historical Society and features an extensive collection of artifacts and photos related to the history of Everett, Pennsylvania along with a century old locomotive and other railroad items.  Located at 49 West 5th Street in Everett, PA.

Fort Bedford Museum

[Virtual Tour]  [History of Fort Bedford]

Standing on the site of the original Old Fort Bedford built in 1758, is a log blockade built in 1958.  Visitors to the site will find a museum, a large scale model of the original Fort Bedford, Native American artifacts and other historical items from the Western Pennsylvania frontier.  Located at 110 Fort Bedford Drive in Bedford, PA.

The National Museum of the American Coverlet

Housed inside an historic 1859 Common School building, the museum features a large collection of antique American woven coverlets dating from 1771 to 1889.  The museum also offers special events, classes and a shop.  Located at 322 S. Juliana Street in Bedford, PA.

Old Bedford Village

[Old Bedford Village Interactive Map]

Old Bedford Village is a large village comprised of historical structures and provides a living history experience which allows visitors to get a glimpse of Bedford, Pennsylvania's rich heritage. Walk through a village of yesteryear, enjoy re-enactments provided by costumed persons, colonial craft demonstrations, exhibits and other seasonal activities while learning about the past of Bedford.  Located at 220 Sawblade Road in Bedford, PA.  Open Seasonally and for special events.

Old Log Church

[History]   [Walking Tour / Photos]

[Index of Burials in the Old Log Church Cemetery]

The Old Log Church was built in 1806 by German settler John Schell.  The historical building is the oldest Church structure in Bedford, Pennsylvania and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places  There is an old graveyard on the site that is of great interest to genealogy researchers.  The Church is open to visitors seasonally and for special events.  Located on Route 30 in Schellsburg, PA.

 

Berks County

Bahr's Mill

[Virtual Tour]  [History]

The 1897 stone mill was a woodworking and grist mill business owned by Jacob Bahr.  The incredible mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is being fully restored.  Operating as a museum, the mill is open in the summertime and open by appointment.  Located just off Route 73 one mile west of the center of Boyertown, PA.

Berks County Heritage Center

The Berks County Heritage Center is a complex of historical buildings commemorating the cultural history of Berks County.  The Reeser stone house is the site of the information center where visitors can begin their tour of the complex.  The complex includes Gruber Wagon Works, the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center, Wertz's Covered Bridge, Melcher's Grist Mill, the Deppen Cemetery and more.  The Heritage center is host to the annual Heritage Festival and other annual and seasonal events.  Located at 1102 Red Bridge Road in Reading, PA.

Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles

[Virtual Tour at YouTube]

Dedicated to the preservation of the transportation history of Pennsylvania.  Located at 85 South Walnut Street in Boyertown, PA.

CPAAM

(Central Pennsylvania African American Museum)

The Central Pennsylvania African American Museum is focused on the collection and preservation of historical artifacts, arts, documents, photographs and other items related to the history and culture of African Americans in the New World with particular emphasis on Berks County and surrounding areas.  Visitors tot he museum will learn about the history of the Underground Railroad in the Old Bethel A.M.E. Church of Reading, PA. The museum is housed inside the African Methodist Episcopal Church located at 119 N. Tenth Street in Reading, PA.

Covered Bridge Driving Tour and Photos

Daniel Boone Homestead

[Historic Area Map]  [History of Daniel Boone]

The Daniel Boone Homestead is a state historic site featuring several preserved historical structures with exhibits related to the life and times of Daniel Boone.  Daniel Boone's parents were among the first settlers to the area in 1730.  Daniel Boone spent his youth in this area which is near Reading Pennsylvania before moving to North Carolina.  Visitors will learn about Daniel Boone's youth and what life was like among the early settlers.  Located at 400 Daniel Boone Road in Birdsboro, PA.

HSBC Museum

The Historical Society of Berks County operates the HSBC Museum and History Center.  The Museum and History Center are focused on the collection, preservation and interpretation of the rich heritage of Berks County and surrounding area.  Located at 940 Centre Avenue in Reading, PA.

Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site

Hopewell Furnace operated from 1771-1883 and was among the many "iron plantations" which led the way to the growing iron industry in the United States.  Today, visitors may take a self-guided walking tour into historic buildings. where they may view exhibits and participate in audio-visual programs to learn more about this time in US history.  Historic structures include the Ironmaster's House, the Charcoal Furnace, a water wheel, the Cooling Shed, Bridge House, Village Barn, Cast House, and a Blacksmith Shop among others.  Located inside French Creek State Park in Union and Warwick Townships of PA.

Kutztown Museum

[Kutztown Area History & Photos]

[Genealogy Research]

Housed inside an 1892 school building, the museum features local historical artifacts, documents, antiques and other items related to the history of Kutztown, Pennsylvania and the surrounding area.  The museum is open for tours during special events or call 610-683-7697 to arrange an appointment.  Located at the corner of Normal Avenue and Whiteoak Street in Kutztown, PA.

Mid-Atlantic Air Museum

[Virtual Tour]  [Take a Historic Flight]

The museum is focused on the history of Mid-Atlantic aviation and the people who made it possible.  The museum features a large collection of historic and antique aircraft.  Rides are offered on some of the historical aircraft.  Located at 11 Museum Drive in Reading, PA.

The Pagoda

[History]

The Pagoda was built in 1906 as a luxury resort on Mt. Penn but was never opened.  Since 1911, The Pagoda has been maintained by the city of Reading, Pennsylvania.  Today, it maybe toured and rental is also available.  Located at 98 Duryea Drive in Reading, PA.

Reading Public Museum

The museum features exhibits ranging from natural & local history to Pennsylvania German folk art, and everything in between.  Focus is on the education and enlightenment of future generations through the collection, preservation and interpretation of objects of art, science and civilization.  Located at 500 Museum Road in Reading, PA.

Reading Railroad Museum

[Photo Gallery]

The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum is operated by the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society who is dedicated to the preservation and history of the Reading Railroad.  The museum features vintage railroad cars and locomotives, historical photos & documents and artifacts related to the rich heritage of the Reading Railroad.  Located at 500 S. Third Street in Hamburg, PA.

 

Blair County Altoona Heritage Discovery Center

Altoona Heritage Discovery Center on Facebook

The center is currently installing two permanent exhibits related to the heritage of Altoona.  The exhibits are being expanded and the site is also a venue for local events.  Located in the Altoona Historic District at 1421-1427 Twelfth Avenue in Altoona, PA.

Baker Mansion

Housed in the old Bradford county jail, the museum offers a research center and genealogical library on the 3rd floor.  Closed in the winter.

Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark

Opened in 1854, the Horseshoe Curve, the incredible curve is known as one of the world's most incredible engineering feats.  Visitors to the site will find a Visitors Center where they will learn about the engineering marvel and may shop for railroad souvenirs.  Located at 2400 Veterans Memorial Hwy in Altoona, PA.

Railroaders Memorial Museum

[Virtual Tour]

The Railroaders Memorial Museum features 3 floors of exhibits, historical artifacts and items related to the history of railroaders and their families.  Located at 1300 9th Avenue in Altoona, PA.

 

Bradford County

[Bradford County History]

Bradford County Historical Museum

Housed in the old Bradford county jail, the museum features exhibits of historical artifacts and items in the old jail cell blocks along with a research center and genealogical library on the 3rd floor.  Open seasonally.  Located at 109 Pine Street in Towanda, PA.

Endless Mountains Heritage Region

The organization is devoted to the historic preservation, heritage development, conservation, tourism and cultural awareness activities in the 4 county Endless Mountains Region of Pennsylvania.  The Endless Mountains Heritage Region offices are housed inside the Old Red House, an historic property located at 2 Jefferson Street in Towanda, PA.

French Azilum Historic Site

[History]

A small French settlement was established here in the 1790s.  A small log cabin which has been relocated and reconstructed serves as the museum about this historic settlement.  French Azilum is located along the Susquehanna River at 469 Queen's Road in the Azilum Township of Towanda, PA.  See Directions to the historic site,

LeRoy Heritage Museum

[Online Museum Videos]  [LeRoy & Barclay Mountain History]

Step back to earlier days in LeRoy. LeRoy Heritage Museum features the history of coal mining and lumbering on Barclay Mountain as well as life in LeRoy. It is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Call for hours. A research library is also located in the building and is open by appointment.  Located on Mill Street in LeRoy, PA.

Philip P. Bliss Gospel Songwriters Museum

[The Songs of Philip P. Bliss]  [Photo Gallery]

The museum is housed in the house where gospel hymn songwriter Philip P. Bliss once lived.  He is known for writing many hymns in the 1870s including Hallelujah, What a Savior and Almost Persuaded.  Located on Main Street in Rome, PA.

Sayre Historical Society and Museum

Sayre Historical Society Museum on Facebook

[Museum Artifacts]

Dedicated to the preservation and sharing of the history of the people of Sayre, Pennsylvania.  The museum is housed inside the former Lehigh Valley Railroad Passenger Station located in downtown Sayre at 103 South Lehigh Avenue in Downtown Sayre, PA.

Tioga Point Museum

The museum features history, archaeology and art which is housed in the century old Spaulding Building.  Exhibits include Native American artifacts, Revolutionary and Civil War collections and other items related to the history of the Athens area.  Located at 724 S. Main Street in Athens, PA.

Troy Farm Museum

[Farm Museum and Historic Village Brochure]

This Bradford County Agricultural Museum features an extensive collection of rare farm implements, tools and historical artifacts reflecting over 200 years of the agricultural heritage of the Bradford County area.  Exhibits include carriages, hand tools, textiles, the Troy Fair, and The Grange.  The site has expanded with a village of historical buildings relocated there including a barber shop, carriage house, a Children's Church, the Gregory Inn, a school house and the Sugar Shack. Located in the heart of the Endless Mountains of NE Pennsylvania, 1/2 mile north of the intersection of Route 6 and Route 14 in Troy, PA.  Visitors should enter Alparon Park Gate #2 and follow the drive across the parking lot to the museum building.

Wyalusing Valley Museum of History

[History & Photos]

Exhibits include the Bixby House, a corn crib, a barn and carriage house.  Visitors will find historical artifacts and items of yesteryear including, war memorabilia, Native American arrowheads, antique carriages, farm implements and much more.  Located in at 202 Church Street in Wyalusing across the street from the Wyalusing Valley High School.

 

Bucks County Aldie Mansion

The 1927 Tudor mansion was once home to William and Martha Mercer.  It has been lovingly restored and today can be rented for special occasions and weddings.  Located at 85 Old Dublin Pike in Doylestown, PA.

Bucks County Civil War Museum & Library

Housed inside the historic Hall House, the museum features historic artifacts related to the Civil War period.  Visitors to the museum will get a rare glimpse of what life was like in the 1860s.  Located at 32 N. Broad Street in Doylestown, PA.

Historic Fallsington  [Meetinghouse Square]

Visit the village that time forgot.  Once a Quaker community, Fallsington today has meeting houses, businesses and residential buildings which have been restored and appear as they did 200 years ago.  The information center is located at 4 Yardley Avenue in Fallsington, PA.

Moravian Pottery and Tile Works

The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works is a working history museums.  Tile and mosaics are produced in a manner similar to Henry Chapman Mercer.  The Tile Works is housed inside inside one of Henry Mercer's concrete buildings.  Located at 130 Swamp Road in Doylestown, PA.

Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle Museum

Focused on the history of Bucks County, the Mercer History Museum holds the Henry Mercer collection of early tools and everyday items used by early pioneers in Bucks County.  The Mercer Castle was built in 1916 by historian Henry Mercer for the display of these items and exhibits.  The Spruance Library which is housed inside the Mercer Museum houses over 20,000 books, periodicals and pamphlets, documents and photographs depicting local history and the life and works of Henry Chapman Mercer.  Fonthill was the home of Henry Chapman Mercer.  It was the first of three Mercer buildings built in Doylestown.  Known as "Castle for the New World", Fonthill Castle Museum offers guided tours. 

Mercer Museum is located at 84 South Pine Street in Doylestown, PA.

Fonthill Castle Museum is located at East Court Street and Route 313 in Doylestown, PA.

Parry Mansion Museum

Operated by the New Hope Historical Society, the mansion was built in 1784 by Benjamin Parry, a found of New Hope.  The home was occupied by the Parry family until 1966.  Today, it is occupied by the New Hope Historical Society.  Tours are conducted of the mansion and grounds.  Each of the 11 rooms feature a different time period during the time the Parry family occupied the mansion.  Located at 45 South Main Street in New Hope, PA.

Pearl S. Buck House

The 1825 stone farmhouse which was home to Pearl S. Buck (author, activist and humanitarian) is today a museum.  Visitors to the house will learn about the life and times of Pearl S. Buck and experience collections of Pennsylvania country furniture, Chinese decorative items and paintings, and works by artists Redfield and Baum.  Located at 520 Dublin Road in Perkasie, PA.

Pennsbury Manor

Pennsbury manor is a recreated country home of William Penn in Bucks County, PA.  Tours of the house are offered.  Visitors will learn about the life and times of William Penn and experience the way of life during the time of the birth of Pennsylvania.  Open Sunday afternoons and during special events.  Located at 400 Pennsbury Memorial Road in Morrisville, PA.

St. Katharine Drexel Shrine

Saint Katharine Drexel was the foundress of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1891.  Located at 1663 Bristol Pike in Bensalem, PA.

 

Butler County Cooper Cabin Pioneer Homestead

Built in 1810 by the Cooper family, the Cooper log cabin is furnished with family heirlooms, antiques and memorabilia.  There is an herb garden, spinning house and springhouse on the grounds as well.  It is currently closed for repairs but plans for 2014 activities are being made.  Located at 199 Cooper Road in Cabot, PA.

Lowrie / Shaw House

Built in 1828 by US Senator, Walter Lowrie, the Shaw House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Featuring original furnishings, the house has been restored and opened for tours.  The Butler County Historical Society is also headquartered in the Shaw House Museum and operates a research library.  Located at 123 West Diamond Street in Butler, PA.

The Little Red Schoolhouse

The Little Red School House was built in 1836 as the first public school in Butler, Pennsylvania. Used for school classes until 1874, the historic school house is today used as a living history museum.  Arrangements may be made for group tours. Call 724-283-8116 for information.  Located behind the Butler Junior High School at 200 East Jefferson Street in Butler, PA.

The Maridon Museum

The Maridon Museum is focused on Chinese and Japanese art and culture.  Located at 322 North McKean Street in Butler, PA.

 

Cambria County Cambria County Historical Society Museum

[Photo Gallery]  [Research]

Housed inside the A. W. Buck Victorian Mansion, the Cambria County Historical Society features a museum of historical items and documents related to the heritage of Cambria County.  Located at 615 North Center Street in Ebensburg, PA.

Heritage Discovery Center

The Frank & Sylvia Pasquerilla Heritage Discovery Center features several museums and attractions.  Operated by the Johnstown Area Heritage Association and offering visitors a look into the past of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, there is much to see and do at the Heritage Discovery Center.  Learn about the immigrant experience which is focused on the immigrants who arrived between 1880 and 1914, settling the many ethnic neighborhoods.  An Iron and Steel Gallery features  the history of this important industry in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  Visit the Johnstown Children's Museum where children may learn through hands-on exhibits.  All of these are part of the Heritage Discovery Center located in a 5 story structure at 201 Sixth Avenue in Johnstown, PA.

Johnstown Flood Museum

[History of the Johnstown Flood]

[Walking Tour of Downtown Johnstown]

[Downloadable Map of Johnstown (PDF File)]

The Johnstown Flood Museum is housed inside the former Cambria Library building which was rebuilt after the Johnstown flood.  The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Open since 1973, the museum features exhibits and artifacts telling the story of the flood.  Items recovered from the flood, photos and news reports, along with the Morgue Books recounting over 2000 people who died, and recovery period items are on display.  Located at 304 Washington Street in Johnstown, PA.

Johnstown Flood National Memorial

[Johnstown Flood Morgue Books]

The Johnstown Flood Memorial commemorates the tragic flood of 1889 which killed over 2000 people when Lake Conemaugh's South Fork Dam broke. 

Portage Station Museum

[Photo Gallery]  [History of Portage]

Built in 1926, Portage Station served the Pennsylvania Railroad until 1954.  Today the historic structure is used as a museum operated by the Portage Area Historical Society.  Collections of artifacts, relics and items related to  the history of the Portage area of Pennsylvania are featured.  Located at 400 Lee Street in Portage, PA.

Wagner-Ritter House & Garden

[Wagner / Ritter Family History]

The Wagner-Ritter house museum offers visitors a rare glimpse into the life of a steelworking family in Johnstown's Cambria City.  The museum is devoted to the interpretation of the home lives of the thousands of steel workers who lived, worked and played in the Cambria City neighborhood of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  The 1860s home has been restored including the vintage gardens and opened to the public.  Located at 418 Broad Street in Johnstown, PA.

 

Cameron County The Little Museum at Sterling Run

[Museum Brochure (PDF File)]

Housed inside the former 1930 Lumber Township Country School, the museum is home to the Cameron County Historical Society which offers historical artifacts, photos & documents related to the history of Cameron County, Pennsylvania. Special displays feature Tom Mix and General Joseph T. McNarney, both natives of Cameron County.  Located on Rt 120 about 9 miles south of Emporium in Sterling Run, PA.

 

Carbon County

Asa Packer Mansion Museum

[Packer Family History]

Tour this 1861 mansion built in 1861 by Samuel Sloan, a Philadelphia architect.  The beautiful 3 story mansion was once home to Asa Packer, the philanthropist, railroad magnate and founder of Lehigh University. Overlooking the Mauch Chunk National Historic District, the mansion is filled with antiques and items original to the house and Packer family. Today, docent-guided visitor tours are offered seasonally. Call 570-325-3229 for current hours.  Located behind the Carbon County Courthouse on Packer Avenue in Jim Thorpe, PA.

Eckley's Miners Village    [Virtual Tour]

Eckley is an old coal mining town which was begun in 1854.  Eckley is still there, the mining long since stopped and the mining operation was sold to the Anthracite Historical Site Museum.

     Eckley Miners' Village

     2 Eckley Main Street

     Weatherly, PA 18255

Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center

[History]

Visitors to the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center will discover the story of Mauch Chunk from the time of geological formation of coal in prehistoric times to present day.  Exhibits and artifacts are focused on the Lenape Indians, coal mining, the early settlement of Mauch Chunk, and how the town changed it's name to Jim Thorpe.  The museum features photos, artifacts and exhibits related to the history of Mauch Chunk along with tours of the town of Jim Thorpe.  Located at 41 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe, PA.

The Old Jail Museum

[History of the Old Jail]

[The Molly Maguires]

The Old Jail features guided history tours seasonally and in October offers Ghost Tours as the old jail is said to be haunted.  Visitors will see the jail cells, the gallows where seven of the Molly Maguires were put to death and the dungeon.  Located at 128 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, PA.

St. Mark's Tour

[History]

St. Mark's has been established as a national landmark.  Featuring beautiful furnishings and stained glass, the Church offers guided tours.  Located at 21 Race Street in Jim Thorpe, PA.

Summit Hill Historical Society Museum

Housed inside the old Summit Hill Depot, the museum holds a large collection of historical photographs and items which depict typical mining life in Summit Hill during the last 200 years.  Located at 12 East Ludlow Street in Summit Hill, PA.

 

Centre County

Centre County Library Historical Museum Building

Housed in the historic Miles - Humes home, the focus is on the history of Centre County, Pennsylvania with a large collection of genealogies, newspapers, county histories and local records.  The museum features photos, documents and memorabilia of interest to family and local historians.  Located at 203 North Allegheny Street in Bellafonte, PA.

Centre Furnace Mansion

[Centre Furnace Mansion Residents]  [Thompson Family History]

Home to and operated by the Centre County Historical Society, the mansion was used historically as the residence for the ironmaster of Centre Furnace.  Today, the residence has been restored and furnished to reflect the time period 1842-1891 when it was occupied by ironmaster Moses Thompson and his family.  The mansion is also available for rental for special events.  Centre Furnace mansion is located at the Centre Furnace National Historic Site at 1001 East College Avenue in State College, PA.

Columbus Chapel and Boals Mansion Museum

Penns Valley Area Historical Museum

Devoted to the collection and preservation of the prehistoric, historical and cultural heritage of the people of the Penns Valley and Brush Valley regions of Pennsylvania. Visitors will find historical artifacts along with a research and genealogical library.  Open seasonally.  Call 814-349-4811 for appointment.  Located at 244 West Aaron Square in Aaronsburg, PA.

Victorian Bellafonte

[Bellefonte History]

This lovely old town has many surviving historical buildings which can be toured.

 

Chester County

American Helicopter Museum

The American Helicopter Museum features a collection of over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertaplanes.  Visitors are allowed to board many of the helicopters to get a hands-on experience.  Located at 1220 American Blvd. in historic West Chester, PA.

Anselma Mill

[History of the Mill at Anselma]

The Mill at Anselma is an historic artifact in itself.  The mill features the original Colonial-era power train and industrial equipment dating form the late 1700s to the mid 1900s, giving visitors a glimpse into milling of long ago.  The historic mill has been restored and includes a water wheel, the house, barn, springhouses and a chicken coop from yesteryear.  Check for dates of operation on their web site.  The mill is located at 401 (Conestoga Road) about 1/2 mile west of Rt. 113 in Chester Springs, PA.

Chester County History Center and Museum

The History Center houses the museum, a library, photo archives and the Chester County Historical Society.  Focused on the history of the people of Chester County and the Delaware Valley, the museum holds over 70,000 objects, spanning over 300 years of Chester County, Pennsylvania history.  Located at 225 N. High Street in West Chester, PA.

Herr's Snack Factory Tours

Visitors can tour the Herr Foods factory which has been making snacks since 1946.  Call 1-800-274-7488 for reservations.  Located at 20 Herr Drive in Nottingham, PA.

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

[History & Culture]

Hopewell Plantation operated from 1771 to 1883.  This historic is devoted to the history of America's early industry.  The park features 848 acres and historic structures illustrate the business, technology and lifestyle of our growing nation.  Located at  2 Mark Lane in Elverson, PA.

Oxford, Historic Downtown

[Tours of Oxford] [History of Oxford, PA]

Oxford, Pennsylvania began as a crossroads in 1754 with the two story log cabin built by John Hayes in what was known as the time as Londonderry Township. Also known at times as Hoods Corner, Hoods Crossing and Hoods Tavern, the settlement became known as Oxford on November 26, 1754 when Londonderry Township was divided.  Visitors to the area, can explore the historic buildings and homes with a large number of shopping and eating establishments.  There are many tours offered in Oxford.

Valley Forge

[History & Culture]

Valley Forge is well-known in history as the site of the 1777-1778 winter encampment of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary war.  Begin your visit at the Visitor Center located at 1400 North Outer Line Drive in King of Prussia, PA.

West Chester Railroad

[Fares and Train Schedule]

The tourist railroad offers a wide variety of nostalgic 90 minute trips along the beautiful Chester Creek Valley in Southeastern, Pennsylvania.  Board at 230 E. Market Street in West Chester, PA.

The Wharton Esherick Studio and Museum

Housed inside the studio/home of the American Master Woodworker Wharton Esherick, are the beautiful and interesting creations of this woodworker.  The studio / home is one of his finest creations.  Visitors will find a beautiful massive free-form spiral oak staircase, hand crafted wood furniture, lamps and other furnishings.  Located at 1520 Horseshoe Trail Road in Malvern, PA.

 

Clarion County

Sutton-Ditz Museum

The historic Sutton-Ditz house was built in 1850 by Thomas Sutton and renovated in 1908 by John Ditz.  Operated by the Clarion County Historical Society today, the house is filled with historical items and tours are offered.  Located at 18 Grant Street in Clarion, PA.

 

Clearfield County

Clearfield County Historical Society & Museum

[Clearfield County History]

[Genealogy Research]

The Clearfield County Historical Museum is housed inside an historical mansion built over 135 years ago.  Operated by the Clearfield County Historical Society, visitors to the museum will find exhibits and publications focused on the history of Clearfield County.  Located at 104 East Pine Street in Clearfield, PA.

Coalport Area Coal Museum

The Coalport Area Coal Museum holds artifacts donated by families of former coal miners who mined in this area known for it's mines of bituminous coal.  Located inside the Coalport Community Building at 961 Forrest Street in "Historic Coalport", Beccaria Township, PA.

Grice Clearfield Community Museum

Housed inside what was once Scoot's Uncle Tom Grice's 1945 gas station, the museum features a collection of over 70 antique classic cars from the 1900s to today's specialty cars.  This great place for car buffs is located at 119 North 4th Street in Clearfield, PA.

Korb House Museum

Korb House Museum on Facebook

Operated by the Curwensville-Pike Township Historical Society, the museum features a collection of artifacts and documents related to the history of the Curwensville area housed in the historic Korb House.  Located at 839 State Street in Curwensville, PA.

 

Clinton County

Barton Street School

The 1874 one room school house houses memorabilia from local fire companies along with military and local history of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.  It is operated and maintained by the Clinton County Historical Society.  Schedule a tour through the Clinton County Historical Society.

Clinton Central Model Railroad Club

The club is housed inside the historical 1883 Castanea Railroad Station. Devoted to the purpose of advancement of the interest in model railroading, the purpose is to bring together persons interested in operating and collecting model railroad equipment and related items.  Located at 15 Logan Avenue in Lock Haven, PA.

Heisey House Museum

Part of the museum is housed inside a brick Federal farmhouse built ca 1831 by Dr. John Henderson of Huntington County.  The museum features antiques and historical objects related to the history of the Clinton County and the surrounding area.  An extensive collection of historical objects from the archaeological digs are also on display in the Boyd Grieb Ice House.  The Heisey Museum is operated by and headquarters to the Clinton County Historical Society and is located at 362 East Water Street in Lock Haven, PA.

 

Columbia County

Bill's Old Bike Barn

[Brochure]

The museum features collections of Harley Davidson motorcycles including the old Indians.  Other collections include Moto Guzzi's, carousels, circus and Mardi Gras memorabilia.  Located at 7183 US 11 in Bloomsburg, PA.

Catawissa Railroad Company and Whistle Stop Fence

Devoted to the railroad history of the area, they have 14 completely restored cabooses.  Visitors can see railroad history come alive through exhibits and artifacts.  Located at 119 Pine Street in Catawissa, PA.

Conyngham Valley Historical Society and Museum

Housed in the 1848 IOOF Lodge 308 building, the museum is devoted to the history of the Conyngham Valley area.  Located next to the Union Cemetery at 470 Main Street in Conyngham, PA.

The Jackson Mansion

Built ca 1878, the Jackson Mansion is continuously restoring the home to it's 1879 splendor and currently is open for tours.  Operated by the Berwick Historical Society, the historical house museum is located at 344 N. Market Street in Berwick, PA.

 

Cumberland County

Cumberland County Historical Society Museum

Featuring over 3000 square feet of exhibit space, the museum tells the history of life in Cumberland County from the days of Native Americans to the creation of the turnpike and settlement.  Located at 21 N. Pitt Street in Carlisle, PA.

Two Mile House

Built of limestone in 1820, the Federal period house is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The beautiful home is surrounded by 5 lusciously landscaped property.  Open to the public during the McClain Celtic Festival and by appointment.  Available for rental for special occasions and events.  Call 717-243-3437.  Located at 1189 Walnut Bottom Road in Carlisle, PA.

Union County Fire Museum

The Museums is maintained in part of the old Union Fire Station which was built in 1888.  Two floors of historical artifacts will enlighten visitors about the history of this organization which had it's beginnings in 1789 along with some interesting history of Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  Located at 35 West Louther Street in Carlisle, PA.

 

Dauphin County

Fort Hunter

[History]  [Walking Map of Historic Sites at Fort Hunter]

Sitting on a bluff overlooking the Susquehanna River, Fort Hunter Mansion and Park has served as a war fort, a major hub for frontier commerce and a private estate.  Today, it has been preserved and opened to the public.  Guided tours of the Fort Hunter Mansion will take visitors back in time where they can get a glimpse into the rich heritage of early Pennsylvania.  There are many other historic structures in the park including an ice house, a spring house, the 1885 Heckton Church, a dairy, the Tavern House and many others. Facilities may be rented for weddings and events. Located at 5300 North Front Street in Harrisburg, PA.

Harrisburg Walking Tour Brochure (PDF File)

Harris Tower

The Hershey Story

[Museum Map]

Everyone knows and loves Hershey's chocolate.  The Hershey Story is a museum devoted to the life and times of Milton S. Hershey, his chocolate company and the town who is named Hershey as well.  Visitors can have the chance to participate in the Chocolate Lab, a hands on experience.  Located at 63 West Chocolate Avenue in Hershey, PA.

John Harris and Simon Cameron Mansion

[History]

Built in 1766 by John Harris, this historic mansion has been declared a National Historic Landmark.  Tours of the mansion are offered and it may be rented for personal or business events.  Behind the mansion, visitors will find the headquarters of the Historical Society of Dauphin County and their archives & research facilities.  Located at 219 South front Street in Harrisburg, PA.

National Civil War Museum

The National Civil War Museum holds enormous collections of artifacts, documents, manuscripts, photographs and other items related to the United States Civil War.  Visitors will experience the raw emotions of the Civil War in America and it's impact on her people.  Located at One Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park in Harrisburg, PA.

The Pennsylvania National Fire Museum

[Virtual Tour]

Housed inside the 1899 Victorian firehouse, Reily Hose Company No. 10, the museum holds extensive collections of artifacts related to the history of firefighting.  Visitors will enjoy viewing antique fire engines, and historical artifacts and tools used in firefighting over the years.  A unique exhibit is the 18th & 19th century stovepipe parade hat collection.  Located at 1820 North Fourth Street in Harrisburg, PA.

The Pennsylvania State Capitol

[Virtual Tour

The beautiful and historical state capitol of Pennsylvania offers guided tours to visitors daily where they will explore the beautiful architecture and enjoy paintings, stained glass and antique furnishings.  A Welcome Center invites visitors to learn about Pennsylvania government while having fun at the same time. Located at the intersection of 3rd and State Streets in Harrisburg, PA.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania

[Online Exhibits]

Offering visitors a glimpse into all aspects of Pennsylvania history, the State Museum of Pennsylvania holds large collections of historical artifacts and items related to the early events and settlement of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Many exhibits are geared toward children as well and features many hands-on experiences.  Located at 300 North Street in Harrisburg, PA.

 

Delaware County

Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site

[History of the Battle]

The Battle of Brandywine was one of the largest engagements of the Revolutionary War.  The battle was fought on Sept. 11 1777 between the Continental Army led by George Washington and the British forces led by General William Howe.  The grounds are open to the public Monday through Friday but the historic buildings and visitor center are temporarily closed.  Historic structures include Washington's Headquarters, and the Gilpin House which appears much like it did in 1777.  At times, special events are presented featuring battle re-enactments and Located at 1491 Baltimore Pike in Chadds Ford, PA.

Brandywine River Museum of Art

Brandywine River Museum on Facebook

Housed inside a 19th century mill on the Brandywine River, the museum holds a collection of American art including a renowned collection of art created by the Wyeth family.  Located on US Route 1 just past Creek Road in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

Caleb Pusey House and Landingford Plantation

Built ca 1683, the historic house is the only building still standing which has a documented association with William Penn.  The house was built on the 100 acre plantation once known as Landing Ford.  Call 610-874-5665 for tour information.  Located at 15 Race Street in Upland, PA.

Chester Courthouse (Old)

1724 Chester Courthouse on Facebook

[Old Photos of 1724 Chester County Courthouse]

[Newer Photos of 1724 Chester County Courthouse]

Built 1724 as the county courthouse for Chester County, it became the Delaware County Courthouse when this area of Chester County was separated and created into Delaware County.  The historical building is still standing and is now open to the public to tour.  Located at 1200 Main Street in Brookhaven, PA.

Christian Sanderson Museum

[About Christian Carmack Sanderson]

The museum is housed inside the historic country home of Chris Sanderson which is filled with objects and artifacts related to life in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania as well as many historic items from the Revolutionary War, Civil War and both World Wars.  There is much history presented about the Battle of Brandywine.  Located at 1755 Creek Road (Old Route 100) in Chadds Ford, PA.

Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

The living history museum gives visitors to Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation a glimpse into the daily lives of farmers and their families in 18th century Pennsylvania.  The plantation is an actual working farm with authentically restored buildings.  Costumed docents provide demonstrations of crafts and daily activities of this 18th century time period.  Open seasonally... and closed in winter.  Workshops are also offered, allowing visitors to participate in the activities.  Located at 3900 North Sandy Flash Drive.

The Finley House

Headquarters and operated by the Radnor Historical Society, the Finley House was started in 1789 with a kitchen and was the core of the farmhouse of Revolutionary war veteran Captain John Pugh. The house has had many alterations and additions over the years and today the house with it's surrounding historic buildings and structures are being restored.  Visitors are invited to tour the house and grounds located at 113 West Beechtree Lane in Wayne, PA.

Governor Printz Park

The park is home to the remains of the Printz home and headquarters of Governor Johan Printz, a Swedish settler who came to the new world in 1643 and established New Gothenburg and what later became known as Pennsylvania.  Located at the corner of Taylor Avenue and Second Street in Essington, PA.

The Grange

The Grange is an estate that was built over many years by many different owners but got it's start with Henry Lewis, a Welsh Quaker, who built his home on 500 acres in 1682 and named it after his village in Wales.  The name Maen Coch means Red Stone.  Today, the Grange comprises close to 10 acres and is surrounded by Chatham Park and Chatham Village.  Tours are offered seasonally.   Located at 143 Myrtle Avenue in Havertown, PA.

Historic Downtown Upland, PA

John Chad's House and Springhouse

Built ca1725 on a plantation on the Brandywine River, the historic house reflects John Chads' Quaker heritage.  John Chad operated a successful ferry and tavern on the Brandywine River.  Chadds Ford was named after John Chad.  The John Chad house is open on summer weekends for tours and is located at 1719 N. Creek Road in Chadds Ford, PA.

Minshall House

Minshall House, being about 260 years old, is known as the oldest house still standing in Media, Pennsylvania.  The Meeting House across Providence Road is nearly 300 years old. Minshall House stands much as it did in it's early beginnings and is filled with period furnishings which include many valuable antiques.  Open seasonally for tours.  Call 610-891-9929 for appointments.  Located at the intersection of Front Street and Providence Road in Media, PA.

The Morton Morton House

This historic house was built ca 1750 by Morton Morton, a cousin to signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Morton.  The beautiful house is being restored by the Norwood Historical Society and is being opened to the public for tours seasonally.  Call 610-586-5800 for tour information.  Located at the junction of Muckinipates and Darby Creeks in Norwood, PA.

Newlin Grist Mill

[The Mill and Historic Structures at the Site]

[Directions and Location]

[Newlin Family Genealogy]

The Newlin Grist Mill is a water-powered grist mill built in 1704 by Nathaniel and Mary Newlin on the West Branch of Chester Creek.  The mill ran continuously until 1941 and was operated by numerous owners.  The Mill, several other historic houses and structures and the 150 acre park which surrounds it, are being preserved by the Nicholas Newlin Foundation.  Visitors to the park will get a glimpse into the rural life of the 18th century on Chester Creek.  Located at the intersection of Cheyney Road and Baltimore Pike in Concord Township, PA.

Springfield Heritage Museum

Operated by the Springfield Historical Society, the museum features historic photos, antique maps, memorabilia, documents and other items related to the heritage of Springfield, Pennsylvania.  Located at the McLaughlin Education Center at Springfield High School at 111 W. Leamy Avenue in Springfield, PA.

Square Tavern

Built in 1742, Square Tavern was run by John West, father to fame artist Benjamin West.  The Square Tavern is open to the public on Saturdays in July and August.  Located on Route 252 and Goshen Road in Newtown Square, PA.

Swedish Log Cabin  [History]

Left behind by Swedish settlers, the cabin is a historical remnant of the Scandinavian pioneers led by Peter Minuit in 1638.  The settlement was known as New Sweden.  Located at 9 Creek Road in Drexel Hill, PA.

Thomas Massey House 

[Photo Gallery]

Built in 1696, the historical home of Thomas and Phebe Massey is one of the oldest English Quaker homes in Pennsylvania.  The home is beautifully restored and furnished.  Open for tours seasonally.  Located on Lawrence Road at Springhouse Road in Broomall, PA.

William Brinton House

[Brinton Genealogy]

Built in 1704, the William Brinton House is a historical Quaker home.  Known as one of the oldest restored houses in the United States, the house has been on the Register of National Historic Landmarks since 1968.  The house is filled with authentic and historic furnishings and items.  Open seasonally for tours.  Located at 21 Oakland Road in West Chester, PA.

William Penn Landing Site

William Penn landed at this site in the Pennsylvania Colony on October 28, 1682.  There is a large granite monument at the site erected in the 1920s.  Located in a small park at Penn and Front Streets in Chester, PA.

 

Elk County The Center House Museum

The mansion is home to the Elk County Historical Society who maintains a museum inside the Victorian house. The house is filled with period furnishings and includes a Doctor's Office.  Located at 109 Center Street in Ridgway, PA.

Mt. Zion Historical Park

The historical park is located at the former site of Elk County's oldest Protestant Church - Mt. Zion.  A memorial to the historic Church is located inside the park.  Located in Weedville, PA.

Museum of Memories

Operated by the Historical Society of St. Mary's & Benzinger Twp., the museum features two large floors filled with historical artifacts, documents and other items related to the history of St. Mary's and Benzinger.  Located at 99 Erie Avenue in St. Mary's, PA.

The Robinson Museum

Operated by the Elk County Historical Society, the museum features exhibits related to the history of Elk County along with a book store and genealogy research room.  Located in Ridgway, PA.

 

Erie County

Battles Museums of Rural Life

This history museum features two historic houses located on over 130 acres of farmland, woods and hiking trails.  The historic site and complex strives to interpret the past 180 years of agricultural life in Erie County, Pennsylvania.  Located at 436 Walnut Street in Girard, PA.

Corry Area Historical Society Museum

Featuring over 10,000 historical artifacts, the museum is devoted to the collection, preservation and exhibition of items related to the history of the Corry, Pennsylvania area including historic photos, documents, maps, books and artifacts.  Located on the south end of Mead Park at 945 Mead Avenue in Corry, PA.

Cashier's House

[History]

Cashier's House was built in 1839 by William Kelly, an architect from Philadelphia.  The house features marble floors, vaulted ceilings, keyhole shapped doorways and other intricate and unique design.  Filled with antique furniture, artwork, and items related to the Victorian era along with significant museums collections of household items and furnishings.  Located next to the Museum of Erie County History and the History Center at 417 State Street in Erie, Pa.

Erie Land Lighthouse

[Lighthouse Friends]

Restored lighthouse and lantern room features guided tours.  Located in the Lighthouse Park at Two Lighthouse Street in Erie, PA.

Erie Maritime Museum

The museum tells the story of the people and events affecting the people who lived around Lake Erie.  When in port, the Flagship Niagara is the major exhibit.  Located at 150 East Front Street in Erie, PA.

Firefighters Historical Museum

[Firefighters History Museum Gallery]

Built in 1903, the fire station is the second to be built on this site.  Originally known as the Eagle Hose Company, it was changed in 1904 as Engine Company #4.  Today, the station houses a museum filled with antique firefighting equipment and other items related to the history of firefighting in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Located at 428 Chestnut Street in Erie, PA.

Harborcreek Historical Society

[Historic Photos]

Devoted to the preservation and display of Harborcreek Township history, artifacts and memories.  An archives for family and local history research is also provided.  Located in Knowledge Park at 5451 Merwin Lane in Erie, PA.

Museum of Erie County History

Featuring exhibits related to the rich heritage of Erie County, Pennsylvania, the museum exhibits and galleries to provide visitors a glimpse into the history of Erie County.  Located at 419 State Street in Erie, PA.

Watson-Curtze Mansion

This 1890s mansion is part of "Millionaires' Row" in the West Sixth Street Historic District. 

Located at 356 West Sixth Street in Erie, PA.

 

Fayettte County Coal and Coke Heritage Center  [Virtual Tour]

Focused on the preservation of the history of the Connelsville Coke Region.  Located at Penn State Fayette - The Eberly Campus in Uniontown, PA.

Fort Necessity

Fort Necessity National Battlefield.

George C. Marshall Memorial Plaza

A self-guided tour of the life and times of the Uniontown native (George C. Marshall) who was a General of the Army during World War II and Secretary of State afterward.  Located at 5 Corners in Uniontown, PA.

 

Mansion at Linden Hall 

Erected in 1913 by Sarah B. Cochran, the mansion has 35 rooms, 27 fireplaces and 13 baths on 4 floors of approximately 35,000 square feet.  This Victorian turn-of-the-century home features period furnishings of elegance and is open for tours.  Also available for events and weddings.  Located at 432 Linden Hall Road in Dawson, PA.

Mount Vernon Furnace  [History of Bullskin Twp.]

Built in 1801 by Isaac Meason, the furnace was used to cast iron ore which was mined in the area.  Located in Mounts Creek, Bullskin Twp, Wooddale, PA.

Smock Heritage Museum

Housed in the old Union Supply Company Store on the top floor, the Smock Museum offers a collection of artifacts related to life in the coal patch town of Smock.  Located in Smock, PA.

Youghiogheny Station

The historic P&LE Passenger Train Station was restored by the Youghiogheny Opalescent Glass Company.  The station if full of Mission-style furnishings, Tiffany-style lamps and glass pieces.  Glass art may be purchased.  Located at 900 W. Craford Ave in Connellsville, PA.

 

Franklin County

Allison-Antrim Museum

[Local History]

Focused on the history of the Greencastle-Antrim are of Pennsylvania, the museum includes the Irwin House known as Walnut Hill and houses exhibits and artifacts related to the history of the Greencastle-Antrim area.  Located at 365 South Ridge Avenue in Greencastle, PA.

The Conococheague Institute

Focus is on the cultural and natural history of the Appalachian frontier of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.  Headquartered on Rock Hill Farm, an historic farmstead listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the site features two historic house museums with outbuildings, a research library, two relocated log structures, a replica Eastern Woodland Indian village, historic gardens, walking trails, and a pioneer cemetery.  Historical artifacts and items are on display.  A Colonial Fair provides a living history event  yearly in September which includes re-enactments and demonstrations.  Located at 12995 Bain Road in Mercersburg, PA.

Fort Loudon Historical Site

An authentic French and Indian fort awaits visitors.  Located near the Appalachian Mountains on Brooklyn Road, west of Chambersburg in Franklin County, PA.

Franklin County Historical Society Museum

[Franklin County History]

An old jail is home to the historical society, museum and genealogical library.  Located at 175 E. King Street in Chambersburg, PA.

Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor

The Lincoln Highway was our nation's first coast-to-coast highway.  Begin your visit at the Lincoln Highway Experience Museum where you can view an orientation film and see exhibits, artifacts and other memorabilia related to travel on the Lincoln Highway in the early 20th century.  Located at 3435 US Route 30 East in Latrobe, PA.

Oller House

[Waynesboro History]  [Genealogy]

Built by Joseph J. and Myrtle Oller in 1892, the Oller House is a Queen Anne style house.  The house was occupied by the Oller family for almost a century and then donated to the Waynesboro Historical Society by Rello Oller.  The house has been restored and preserved. Portions of the house hold exhibits and a museum while the upstairs houses a research library and archives.  Available for event rentals.  Located at 138 W. Main Street in Waynesboro, PA.

The Stewart House

Operated by the Shippensburg Historical Society, the Stewart House is open for docent-led tours and the society provides a research library of materials documenting local history.  Located at 52 West King Street in Shippensburg, PA.

 

Fulton County

Fulton House

Built ca1793, the Fulton House was a stone tavern and inn known as The Union Hotel.  Many governors and US presidents stayed in The Union Hotel.  Today, the building has been restored and houses the Fulton County Historical Society Museum.  Contact the Fulton County Historical Society for appointment.  Located at 112-116 Lincoln Way East in McConnellsburg, PA.

 

Greene County

Greene County Historical Society Museum

The historical museum is housed inside the 1860s Greene County Poor Farm.  Operated by the Green County Historical Society, the museum features exhibits, and historical artifacts related to the history of Greene County, Pennsylvania.  Outside, the original carriage house and barn are still standing and features an agricultural exhibit.  Behind the museum, inside the old boiler house, you will find the library and archives for Greene County historical documents and photos.  Visit at 918 Rolling Meadows Road in Waynesburg, PA.

 

Huntingdon County The Big Mac Museum Restaurant

Located at 9061 Route 30 in North Huntingdon, PA.

Broad Top Area Coal Miners Museum

Focus is on the preservation and interpretation of the coal mining and railroading history of the Broad Top Mountain and Coal Field.  Visitors to the museum will learn about semi-bituminous coal mining, railroading and the iron-making industry on Broad Top Mountain in the south-central area of Pennsylvania.  Located at 105 Church Street in Robertsdale, PA.

Farm Museum

[Museum Photos]

Devoted to the exhibition and demonstration of the traditions of the family farms which dotted the landscape of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, the museum is located on the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds.

Hartslog Heritage Museum

[Hartslog Day Heritage Festival on Facebook]

Housed inside the 1906 Alexandria Memorial Public Library building, the museum holds historical artifacts related to the history of the Hartslog Valley and town.  Open on a limited basis and by appointment.  Call 814-207-1410 for appointment or times.  Located on Main Street in Alexandria, PA.

Isett Heritage Museum

[Virtual Tour]

The museum complex at Isett Acres features a collection of over 40,000 items including historical artifacts, antiques and memorabilia from the 19th and 20th centuries.  Located at Stone Creek Ridge Road in Huntingdon, PA.

The McMurtrie House

The Victorian House Museum on Facebook

Built by William McMurtrie in 1854, the McMurtrie mansion is now home to the Huntingdon County Historical Society and is known as The Victorian House Museum.  The society also operates a research library at this location.  Located at 106 Fourth Street in Huntingdon, PA.

Rockhill Trolley Museum

Step back in time to the days of electric trolleys.  The museum tells the story and features a collection of antique trolleys.  Visitors may take a ride through the scenic countryside on an historic trolley.  Located at 430 Meadow Street in Rockhill Furnace, PA.

The Swigart Museum

[Tour the Collections]

Focus is on the history of the American automobile.  The collections include antique autos, license plates, radiator emblems, lights and other memorabilia and related vintage items.  Located at 12031 William Penn Highway in Huntingdon, PA.

 

Indiana County Indiana County Historical Museum

Visitors to the Indiana County Historical Museum will learn about the history of Indiana County, Pennsylvania from Native American history through early settlement, farming and mining.  Located at 621 Wayne Avenue in Indiana, PA.

Jimmy Stewart Museum

Devoted to the life and times of Jimmy Stewart and his family, the museum is located on the third floor of the Indiana Public Library at 835 Philadelphia Street in Indiana, PA.

University Museum

The University Museum brings history and the arts of the region together for the education and enjoyment of visitors.  Located in Sutton Hall, Room 111 at 1011 South Drive in Indiana, PA.

 

Jefferson County Coolspring Power Museum

Focus of the Coolspring Power Museum is on the collection, preservation and interpretation of historically and mechanically interesting early stationary internal combustion engines.  Visitors will learn about the evolution of the internal combustion engine.  The museum houses over 250 stationary engines.  Located at 179 Coolspring Road in Coolspring, PA.

Jefferson County History Center

Jefferson County History Center on Facebook

[Photo Gallery]

The Jefferson County History Center is housed in the Nathan Greene Edelblute Building which has been preserved by the Jefferson County Historical Society.  The History Center features 8 galleries of exhibits, a research library, a gift shop and staff offices.  Exhibits includes historic photos, documents, books and artifacts related to the history of Jefferson County from prehistoric times to present day.  Located at 172-176 Main Street in Brookville, PA.

Taylor Memorial Museum

Operated by the Brockway Area Historical Society, the museum holds a collection of historic artifacts from the glass industry, lumbering industry, and the mining and farming communities.  The museum also features a genealogical research area for those doing family history research in the area.  Located at 765 Park Street in Brockway, PA.

 

Juniata County Tuscarora Academy Museum

Housed in a historic building which is the only surviving building of the Tuscarora Academy, the museum is operated by the Tuscarora County Historical Society who displays historic artifacts and exhibits related to the history of Juniata County, Pennsylvania.  Located at 472 Academy Road in Mifflintown, PA.

 

Lackawanna County Steamtown National Historic Site

[History & Culture]

The National Park is in the historic Scranton railroad of the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad yard.  A large collection of standard-gauge steam locomotives and frieght and passenger cars is on display.  Visitors can ride a steam train and experience this era of transportation.  The park entrance is located near 4 Lackawanna Avenue in Scranton, PA.

 

Lawrence County Lawrence County Historical Society and Museum

[Museum Photo Tour]

The Lawrence County Historical Society operates a museum of historic artifacts, antiques and items related to the rich heritage of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.  The museum is housed inside the former home to tin plate magnate, George Greer.  The beautiful turn-of-the-century mansion is furnished with period antiques.  Located at 408 North Jefferson Street in New Castle, PA.

 

Lebanon County

Historic Annville Train Station

Operated by the Friends of Old Annville and open on occasions and can be rented for events.  Call 717-867-4326 for information.  Located at 155 North Moyer Street in Annville, PA.

Historic Old Annville

[History of Annville]  [Friends of Old Annville Video]

Annville is being restored by the friends of Old Annville and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Annville Historic District features over 260 buildings in the are of Queen and Main Streets.  Step back in time as you stroll the Annville of days gone by and visit the Quittie Creek Nature Park on Quittapahilla Creek where you can find historic lime kilns and an old mill site.  Located on Main and Queen Streets in Annville, PA.

Stoy Museum

The Stoy Museum is operated by the Lebanon County Historical Society and features three floors of exhibits and items related to the history of the area and the Pennsylvania German Culture.  Also at the site, visitors will find the Hauck Research Archives where researchers will find a repository for Lebanon County history and genealogy materials.  Located at 924 Cumberland Street in Lebanon, PA.

Union Canal Tunnel Park

Known as the oldest existing transportation tunnel in the United States, the Union Canal was once the primary link between Harrisburg, Reading and the Port of Philadelphia. Visitors today, can take a boat ride through the Canal Tunnel.  The Park is located at 25th and Union Canal Drive in Lebanon, PA.

 

Lehigh County

Cement Industry Museum

The museum located in Saylor Park, features the Schoefer vertical kilns built ca 1892.  Exhibits trace the history of the cement industry in Portland, PA.  Located inside Saylor Park at 245 N. Second Street in Coplay, PA.

Historic Bethlehem Museum & Sites

Devoted to the interpretation of the Historic Bethlehem Site and the Moravian community located there, the site features many historical buildings and homes including the 1741 Gemeinhaus, a 1752 Apothecary and herb garden, the 1744/1752 Single Sisters' House and the 1758/81765 Nain-Schober House.  Don't miss the Moravian Museum at 66 W. Church Street in Bethlehem, PA.  Begin your visit with a Pass Into History.  The Ticket allows you to explore all of the historic sites.  The Visitor Center is located at 505 Main Street in Bethlehem, PA.

Lehigh Valley Heritage Center and Museum

Focused on the history of the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, the museum contains historic artifacts, documents, photos, and memorabilia related to the early history of the area.  Located at 432 W. Walnut Street in Allentown, PA.

The Liberty Bell Museum

Housed in the historic Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ, is an exact replica of the Liberty Bell along with Allentown's very own "liberty bell that was cast in 1769 along with a mural telling the story of the hiding of the bells.  The museum features exhibits of Revolutionary War and Colonial American items.  Located at 622 W. Hamilton Street in Allentown, PA.

Lock Ridge Park Furnace Museum

Centered around the Lock Ridge Iron Furnace, visitors will learn how iron was made over a century ago. - Located at Lock Ridge Park on Franklin Street in Alburtis, PA.

Museum of Indian Culture

Housed inside an 18th century stone farmhouse, visitors can learn about the cultural heritage of the Lenape (Delaware) and other Northeastern Woodland Indians.  The museum features a large collection of Indian artifacts and a shop filled with lovely Native American artistry.  Celebrate with them during their multicultural festival called Artifest in June and the Native American festival in August.  Located at 2825 Fish Hatchery Road in Allentown, PA.

Troxel-Steckel House and Farm Museum

German style stone farmhouse built 1755-56 and featuring a barn full of antique farm implements.  Located at 4229 Reliance Street in the village of Egypt in Whitehall Township.

 

Lycoming County Blooming Grove Historical Society Museum

Housed inside an historic Dunkard Meeting House, the museum may be toured by appointment.  Call 570-323-2385 or 570-435-2997.  Located at 297 Dunkard Church Road in Cogan Station, PA.

Little League Museum

The Peter J. McGovern Museum serves to educate the public about the history, service, goals and initiatives of Little League Baseball and Softball.  Visit the World of Little League at 525 Route 15 (Montgomery Pike) in South Williamsport, PA.

Muncy Historical Society and Museum of History

The Muncy Historical Society has allowed the public to join in the archaeology digs at the Muncy Canal Heritage Park.  Historical artifacts are displayed in the museum.  A research library is housed at the Society.  Location is 40 North Main Street in Muncy, PA.

Samuel Moss House Museum

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Operated by the Jersey Shore Historical Society, the Samuel Moss House was built c. 1846 and serves as a museum historical artifacts an memorabilia related to Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania.  Located at 200 South Main Street in Jersey Shore, PA.

Thomas T. Taber Museum

Operated by the Lycoming Historical Society, the museum will take visitors on a walk through time where they will learn about the people who lived and played in Lycoming County and the surrounding area of Pennsylvania.  Focus is on the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history and heritage of North Central Pennsylvania including the Native Americans and the early settlers who pioneered here..  Located at 858 West Fourth Street in Williamsport, PA.

 

McKean County

Eldred World War II Museum

The museum focuses on the history and interpretation of the events of WWII.  Located at 201 Main Street in Eldred, PA.

McKean County Historical Society Old Jail Museum

Housed in the Old Jail behind the McKean County Courthouse, it is Smethport's oldest public building.  It was erected ca 1872 and is claimed to be haunted by the spirit of a convicted murderer.  Exhibits are focused on the history and genealogy of the early people of McKean County, PA.

Penn-Brad Oil Museum

Learn about the first million dollar oil boom and see an authentic wooden oil derrick.  Located at 901 South Avenue in Bradford, PA..

 

Mifflin County

McCoy House Museum

Built in 1841, the McCoy House was the birthplace of Major General Frank Ross McCoy, Soldier-Statesman.  The house holds memorabilia and items from the Victorian Period.  It is operated by the Mifflin County Historical Society.  Located at 17 North Main Street in Lewistown, PA.

 

Monroe County

Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery

[History of Delaware Water Gap]

Housed in an historic 1850s school house, the museum holds local artifacts and an art gallery.  Located at 24 Main Street ub Delaware Water Gap, PA.

Bell School

This little one room schoolhouse was built in the 1870s and remained in operation until 1953.  Group tours are available on request.  Contact the Monroe County Historical Association at 570-421-7703.  Located in Hamilton Township.

Cresco Station Museum

The Cresco Railroad Station was first used in 1851 as a freight station and through the 1950s as a passenger station.  The present building was built in the mid 1880s.  Today, the station has been restored and features exhibits related to the history of the area including Civil War artifacts, items and materials from Barrett Township and railroad memorabilia.  Located on Pennsylvania 390 in Barrett, PA.

Driebe Freight Station

The Monroe County Historical Association collection of art, is housed in this 1882 freight station of the NY, Susquehanna and Western Railroad.  Located next to McMichael's Park at 537 Ann Street in Stroudsburg, PA.

Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm

This living history farm is on the National Register of Historic Places and features many historic buildings and gives insight into the life on a small Pennsylvania farm in the 1800s.  Located at 347 Quiet Valley Road in Stroudsburg, PA..

Stroud Mansion Museum

[Monroe County Historic Photo Album]

A 12 room mansion built in 1795 by Jacob Stroud, the founder of Stroudsburg.  Jacob built the home for his son John Stroud.  The home remained in the Stroud family for almost 100 years.  Today the home is a museum operated by the Monroe County Historical Association.  It features 4 floors of exhibits, documents and artifacts related to the history of Monroe County and the Stroud family.  The Elizabeth D. Walters Library is also housed in the house and offers genealogical and historical holdings to help researchers.  Located at 900 Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA.

Wills Mansion & Bicentennial Museum

Built in the 1920s as a summer home for Annie Wills, the mansion has had many owners but in 1989, the mansion served as the Coolbaugh Township headquarters before becoming the Bicentennial Museum.  Today, the museum holds local historic artifacts and items related to the history of the area.  Located at 5590 Municipal Drive in Tobyhanna, PA.

 

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Historical Society and Museum

The society features an exhibit gallery, and research library devoted to the preservation of artifacts, documents and historical photographs related to the history of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  Located at 1654 DeKalb Street in Norristown, PA.

Spring-Ford Area Historical Society Museum

Housed in the old William Lewin Plantation House, the museum is operated by the Spring-Ford Area Historical Society and features tours of the house and barn.  Located at 526 Main Street in Royersford, PA.

 

Montour County The Montgomery House

[Montour County History]  [Photo Gallery]  [Brochure]

The William Montgomery House was built in the late 18th century and is today operated by the Montour County Historical Society as a museum containing historical artifacts and items related to the history of the local Montour County area of Pennsylvania.  Located at 1 Bloom Street in Danville, PA.

 

Northampton County

Jacob Nicholas House

This colonial landmark was once home to Jacob Nicholas, a wood turner and later owner/captain of a Durham boat.  Owned by the city of Easton, the house is cared from by the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society.  The house is open for special events and by appointment.  Located at 5th and Ferry Streets in Easton, PA.

Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania Cultural Center

[Native American Education Flyer]

Housed in the 1753 Bachmann Publik House, visitors to the Cultural Center will be led by costumed docents on a guided tours of the artifacts on display.  A library holds books, photos and documents from the Lenape Nation archives for research purposes.  Located on the second floor of the house at 2nd and Northampton Streets in Easton, PA.

The Mixsell House

This historic house served as the headquarters to the NCHGS for 80 years before moving to the Signal Museum.  Today, the historical home holds the Research Library and Reading Room.  Located at 4th and Ferry Streets in Easton, PA.

Moravian Historical Society & Museum

Focus is on the history of the Moravian Church with exhibits and Moravian artifacts, books, photographs and more.  Visitors will learn about the lifestyle of the Moravian culture and faith.  Located at 214 E. Center Street in Nazareth, PA.

Sigal Museum

Devoted to the history of the Northampton County area of Pennsylvania, the museum is operated by the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society.  Featuring interactive exhibits, both self-guided and docent-guided tours are offered to visitors.  The museum is also home to the Jane S. Moyer Library which holds documents, manuscripts and materials for those who wish to research their family history or the local history of the area.  Located at 342 Northampton Street in Easton, PA.

 

Northumberland County

Fort Augusta and Hunter House Museum

[Area History]

Fort Augusta dates back tot he days of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.  Colonel Samuel Hunter, the County Lieutenant of Northumberland County, who resided in the Fort, continued to reside there after the fort was no longer used as a military installation.  Samuel Hunter's grandson built a house on the property in 1852.  Today, the house and remnants of the fort are home to the Northumberland County Historical Society.  The society features a museum in the historic Hunter House which includes items recovered form the archaeological digs from Fort Augusta and the 1743 Moravian Blacksmith Shop as well as an extensive exhibit of Native American artifacts.  Located at 1150 North Front Street in Sunbury, PA.

Joseph Priestly House

[Download a Brochure]

Docent-guided tours of the historic home are offered and visitors will learn about the property and view exhibits about the life and times of Joseph Priestly who is well known for his discovery of Oxygen in 1774.  Located at 472 Priestly Avenue in Northumberland, PA.

 

Perry County

Little Buffalo State Park

There are four historical sites inside Little Buffalo State Park which is located at 1579 State Park Road in Newport, PA.

  1. Shoaff's Mill was guilt in 1849 and is still operational.  Educational demonstrations of this water wheel operated mill making cornmeal, cracking corn and grinding apples are performed here. 

  2. Clays Covered Bridge was built in 1890.  It has been relocated from it's original location spanning Little Buffalo Creek about one mile west of it's present location. 

  3. The Blue Ball Tavern.  Opened in 1811, the tavern was an inn for travelers and important stop for messengers during the War of 1812.  The tavern closed in 1841 and a farmhouse was built ca 1865 on the original foundation of the tavern.  A museum and library is being operated in this building. 

  4. Newport and Sherman's Valley Railroad was created in 1890 to move timber.  In use for 44 years, today the old rail beds are used as hiking trails. 

Philadelphia County

 

The Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Historical Photo.

The Liberty Bell

American Swedish Historical Museum

Founded in 1926, the American Swedish Historical Museum is the oldest Swedish museum in the USA.  Visitors can learn about the history, art, architecture, music and culture of Swedish-Americans and their impact on today's America.  Located in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in South Philadelphia.

Franklin Court  

[Benjamin Franklin Museum]  [Franklin's Life & History]

Franklin Court is the site of the the house that was called home by Benjamin Franklin who died there in 1790.  Today, though the house is gone, a steel structure outlining the house which once stood there keeps guard and features the Benjamin Franklin Museum.  Visitors will learn about the life, times and work of Benjamin Franklin.  The entrance to the courtyard is located on Market Street between 3rd and 4th Streets.

The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute had it's beginnings in 1824 to honor Benjamin Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions.  110 years later, the Franklin Institute Science Museum was opened to the public as one of the first hands-on science museums in the United States.  Today, the museum is one of the finest in the country and provides education in science and technology.  Located at 222 North 20th Street in Philadelphia, PA.

Germantown Historical Society Museum

The Germantown Historical Society operates and maintains the museum which features historical artifacts, antiques and items related to the historic German Townships known today as Germantown, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill in NW Philadelphia.  The society also holds a library and archives for research purposes.  Located at 5501 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia, PA.

Independence National Historical Park

[History] [Photos]

The National Historical Site of the birth of a nation is has so many things to do and see.  Visitors will learn about how our great nation began.  See the places where the history of American independence took place.  It is best to begin your visit at the Independence Visitor Center at 525 Market Street.  Visitors can park at the underground parking garage located on the east side of 6th Street between Arch and Market Streets in Philadelphia, PA.

National Constitution Center

[Virtual Tour]  [Interactive U.S. Constitution]

Discover the history of America from the time of the our Constitution to present day.  Learn how precious

American freedom is.  Located at 525 Arch Street in Independence Mall in Philadelphia, PA.

Penn Museum - University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

The museum was founded in 1887 and is known as one of the world's greatest archaeology and anthropology research museums.  Featuring over 1 million objects, the museum is devoted to illustrating the human story.  Exhibits and artifacts related to the heritage and culture of peoples from around the world.  Located at 3260 South Street in Philadelphia, PA.

State Museum of Pennsylvania

[Stenton]   [Stenton History]

Operated by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is one of the earliest and best preserved historic house in the city of Philadelphia.  The 1730 Georgian mansion is located on three acres and includes a kitchen wing, privy, icehouse, barn and the Colonial Revival garden.  Originally built by James Logan, the Secretary to William Penn (founder of Pennsylvania), the home was occupied by the Logan family for 3 generations.  It has been preserved and today is featured through tours, educational programs and special events.  Located at 4601 N. 18th Street in Philadelphia, PA.

 

Pike County

Pocono Indian Museum

Focused on the history of the Delaware Indian, the museum features exhibits of ancient artifacts, weapons and tools used by the Indians for thousands of years.  Visitors will learn about the peaceful Delaware Indians who were virtually eliminated by the white man in only a period of 100 years.  Located on route 209 in Bushkill, PA.

Schocopee School House

This little red school house is over 150 years old.  Open on weekends, holidays and during special events.  Located at Water and Mill Streets, Apple Valley in Milford, PA.

 

Potter County Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

[History]  [Tour of Grounds]

Focusing on the history of the lumber industry in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the museum features historic logging equipment, a 1912 Shay-geared logging locomotive, and a restored CCC Cabin.  An annual Bark Peelers Convention is held each year with demonstrations of the sawmill, bark peeling, and other handcrafts.  Located at 5660 US Route 6 West in Galeton, PA.

 

Schuylkill County

Orwigburg Historical Society and Museum

Focused on the collection and preservation of the history, culture and architecture of Orwigsburg and Southern Schuylkill County, the museum is located at 109 E. Mifflin Street in Orwigsburg, PA.

Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine and Steam Train

[History]  [Pioneer Day]

Visitors to the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine may experience an authentic anthracite coal mine and ride a narrow gauge steam train of yesteryear.  Located at 2001 Walnut Street in Ashland, PA.

 

Snyder County

Snyder County Historical Society Museum

The Snyder County Historical Museum is operated by the Snyder County Historical Society and features historic artifacts and items related to the history of Snyder County, Pennsylvania.  The museum is housed inside an 1834 Church.  Located at 30 Market Street in Middleburg, PA. 

 

Somerset County

Cambria City Walking Tour

A virtual tour of Cambria City, focuses on the historic places and highlights this place of settlement for of thousands of immigrants between 1853 and 1910.

Frank and Sylvia Pasquerilla Heritage Discovery Center

[Immigration and Migration History to Johnstown]

Discover life through the eyes of early immigrants to Johnstown, PA in this unique museum.  Located at 201 Sixth Avenue in Johnstown, PA.

Johnstown Walking Tour

Highlights of historical Johnstown are featured.

Shade-Central City Heritage Days

A tradition started by the Shade-Central City Historical Society in 1994 to celebrate the heritage of Shade Township and Central City Borough.  It is continued by the Shade-Central City Heritage Days Organization today.

Somerset Historical Center 

The center is actually a complex of historic structures which include a Visitor's Center, the Adam Miller Farmstead Log House, smokehouse, barn, Maple Sugar Camp, Walter's Mill Covered Bridge, and others.

10649 Somerset Pike

Somerset, PA 15501

Springs Museum

The Springs Museum features artifacts and items through exhbiits which depict the home, shop, farm and trades of the early settlers of the Casselman Valley.  Located at 1711 Springs Road in Springs, PA.

Wagner - Ritter House and Garden

The house was home to 3 generations of steelworking families in the mills of Johnstown's Cambria City.  Located at 418 Broad Street in the Cambria City of Johnstown, PA.

Windber Coal Heritage Center

Devoted to the history of the everyday lives of miners and their families, this interactive museum gives visitors an in-depth look into the everyday life of the average coalminer, the evolution of coal mining technology and the impact of Pennsylvania bituminous coal mining on the industrial revolution.  The museum features lots of information about the Berwind-White Coal Mining Company.  Located on the corner of 15th and Graham Avenue in Windber, PA.

 

Sullivan County

Celestia

[Celestia - A 19th Century Religious Community]

[Walking Tour Guide (PDF)]

Founded in the 1850s, this religious community founded by millennialists was abandoned in the 1880s.  Located 1.5 miles west of Laporte on State Route 42.

Octagon House

Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum

Focus of the Sullivan County Historical Museum is the collection, preservation and display of historical artifacts and items related to the history of Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.  Featuring a complex of buildings, historical structures include The 1850s Baldwin House, and a historic barn.  Located at 458 Meylert Street in Laporte, PA.

 

Susquehanna County

Old Mill Village Museum

[History]  [Photo Tour]

Old Mill Village is a collection of historical structures which have been moved to one place to create a historical village.  Antiques and historical artifacts are on display and local artisans provide demonstrations of early arts, crafts and skills once practiced by early pioneers in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.  This living history museum is located one mile south of New Milford, PA on Route 848.

Susquehanna County Historical Society

The society holds historical documents and items related to the history of Susquehanna County.  Located at 18 Monument Square in Montrose, PA.

Susquehanna Depot Historical Society and Museum

Operated by the Susquehanna Depot Historical Society, the museum features local history of the communities in the northeast corner of Susquehanna County.  Located in the Shops Plaza in Susquehanna Depot Borough.

 

Union County Dale / Engle / Walker House

The 1793 farmhouse is built of limestone and is situated on an active 137-acre farm.  Visitors will learn about local history, the underground railroad and slavery.  Open for tours seasonally.  Located off Route 192 at the site of Dale's Ridge Trail in Lewisburg, PA.

Packwood House Museum

Housed in one of the oldest structures in Lewisburg, the Packwood House was originally built as a 2 story log cabin between 1796 and 1799.  Originally a tavern and inn serving the travelers on the Susquehanna River, the historic building evolved into a 3 story hotel known as the American House with the original log building hiding under clapboard.  The museum features collections of glass, ceramics, paintings, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Oriental art and antique furnishings.  Located at 15 N Water Street in Lewisburg, PA.

 

Washington County Charleroi Historic District

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the majority of buildings in Charleroi were created between 1890 and 1920 with a few before and after.  There are nearly 1800 buildings and residences in the district.  The Goaziou Print Shop will be opened in the near future becoming the first of many mini museums which will be opened in the Charleroi Historical District.  Located at 807 Fallowfield Avenue.  Call for tours: 724-483-2030.

LeMoyne House

The LeMoyne House has been recognized as Pennsylvania's first national Historic Landmark of the Underground Railroad.  Built in 1812, by Dr. John Julius LeMoyne, the house is over 200 years old and was once used as a stop on the Underground Railroad.  Today, the house is a museum filled with historic artifacts and dedicated to Dr Lemoyne's memory.  Open for tours, the house is located at 49 East Maiden Street in downtown Washington, Pennsylvania. 

 

Warren County Clinton E. Wilder Museum  

[Warren County History]

The museum features exhibits of Native American artifacts including the Seneca exhibit.  The museum is operated by the Warren County Historical Society who holds historical documents and photographs.  Visitors may tour with docent guides or take self tours.  Historical artifacts and antique items are on display including the Joe DeFrees firearms collection.  Located at 51 Erie Avenue in Irvine, PA.

 

Wayne County 810 Main Street Museum

The museum is housed inside the former Delaware & Hudson Canal Company office built in 1860.  The Wayne County Historical Society operates the museum which features artifacts, photos, items and documents related to the history of Wayne County, Pennsylvania.  Located at 810 Main Street in Honesdale, PA.

Bethel School

The Bethel one-room schoolhouse was built prior to 1872 for Berlin Township schoolchildren.  Fully restored in 1998, the Wayne County Historical Society organizes public events at the school and opens the schoolhouse to the public in summer and fall allowing visitors to visualize what it was like to attend a one-room schoolhouse in the "olden days". 

Calder House Museum

The Calder House is home to the Equinunk Historical Society how operates a museum featuring exhibits of American Indian artifacts, textiles, farm implements, household items along with a collection of research materials.  Located at the intersection of Rt. 191 and Pine Mill Road in Equinunk, PA.

Honesdale Fire Museum

The Honesdale Fire Museum features an 1874 Silsby steamer no. 483 which is still fully operable along with a 1936 Seagrave triple combination pumper.  Displays feature photographs, helmets, speaking trumpets and other fire memorabilia.  Located inside the Protection Engine Company No. 3 station at the corner of Park and Main in Honesdale, PA.

J. B. Parks Farm Museum

Visitors to the museum will learn what life was like on a farm in Wayne County 1870s-1930s.  Only open during the Wayne County Fair and by appointment.  Located on the Wayne County Fair Grounds on Route 191, just one mile north of Honesdale, PA.

 

Westmoreland County

Allegheny-Kiski Valley Heritage Museum

Alle-Kiski Valley Historical Society / Heritage Museum on Facebook

Housed inside a beautiful 1931 art deco building, the museum is devoted to the unique history of the area where glass, steel and aluminum industries were king.  The museum educates visitors about the A-K river valley towns that grew up in this time.  Special collections include the Tarentum Glass collection, and an aluminum collection from the world's first aluminum production plant.  Located at 224 East 7th Avenue in Tarentum, PA.

Compass Inn Museum

Compass Inn Museum on Facebook

[History of Compass Inn

Originally, a 1799 stagecoach stop, the inn is fully restored and completely furnished with period pieces.  Visitors will take a step back in time as they are led by docent guides in costume through the hotel and the reconstructed outbuildings wihch include a blacksmith shop, cookhouse and barn.  Located at 1382 route 30 East in Laughlintown, PA.

Fulton House 

[Photos]

Tours of the historic Fulton House are offered by the Derry Area  Historical Society.  Fulton House is located just off of Route 982 in New Derry, PA.

Victorian Vandergrift Museum & Historical Society

[History]

The Victorian Vandergrift Museum is operated by the Vandergrift Historical Society who's mission is to preserve the history of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania.  Located at 184 Sherman Avenue in Vandergrift, PA.

West Overton Village / West Overton Museums

This early 1800s German Mennonite village grew up around the coke mining industry of the area.  Now on the register of historical places, the museum offers exhibits related to the history of the area, the coal and coke process and is the birthplace of Henry Clay Frick.  Guided tours of the Abraham Overholt homestead are part of the museum features.  Located at West Overton on PA 819 between Mount Pleasant and Scottdale, PA.

 

Wyoming County

Wyoming County Historical Society, Museum and Genealogical Library

Housed inside the historic Old Harrison Street Primary Building, the Wyoming County Historical Society Museum and Genealogy Library is devoted to the collection and preservation of the history of Wyoming County and the heritage of it's people.  Collections include historical artifacts, memorabilia, documents, photographs and other items.  Located at the corner of Harrison and Bridge Street in Tunkhannock, PA.

 

York County

Agricultural & Industrial Museum

Farming and industry has played an important role in the growth of York County, Pennsylvania.  The museum holds farm implements and machinery, wagon, steam engines, a 3 story gristmill, a 1930s telephone exchange and many artifacts related to local industry and manufacturing.  Modes of transportation are also included in the exhibit, Air, Land & Water: Transporting People & Products visitors will see a Conestoga wagon, a 1937 Aeronca K airplane and automobiles manufactured in York.  Located at 217 West Princess Street in York, PA.

Bonham House

Built in 1875, the house was home to the Horace Bonham family for a century.  Today the house is open for tours.  Visitors will learn about life in an upper-middle class family in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Located at 152 E. Market Street in York, PA.

Center Square Museum

The museum features exhibits of historical artifacts and memorabilia related to the heritage and history of Red Lion and the surrounding area.  Located at 10 E. Broadway in Red Lion, PA.

Colonial Complex - Gates House and Plough Tavern

The Plough Tavern was built in 1741, serving as a hotel / tavern / restaurant.  The Gates House was built ca 1751 and was occupied by General Gates in 1778.  Also part of the Colonial Complex is the Bobb Log House with its replication of family life in the 1830s.  Located in downtown York at 157 West Market Street.

Historic Wrightsville Museum

Housed inside an 1871 house which was once home to John and Mary Redman, the house features exhibits about the history of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania along with information about the different bridges located in the township.  Located at 309 Locust Street in Wrightsville, PA.

Ma & Pa Tran Station Museum

The1925 Maryland and Pennsylvania Rail Road Station is operated by the Red Lion Historical Society as a growing museum.  Call 717-244-2122 for hours.  Located in Red Lion, PA.

Police Heritage Museum

The museum features artifacts and historical records of police officers, their departments and the techniques and equipment used to combat crime and preserve peace in their communities.  Located at 54 West Market Street in York, PA.

Warehime Myers Mansion

Built 1911-1914, the mansion is much as it was back in those early years and is open for tours.  Located at 305 Baltimore Street in Hanover, PA.

York County Fire Museum

This museum is housed inside the historical Royal Fire House and features a collection of fire-fighting artifacts including horse drawn fire carriages, vintage fire trucks, firemen uniforms, historical photos and more.  Visitors will find over 200 years of fire-fighting history contained within the walls of this historical firehouse.  Located at 757 W. Market Street in York, PA.

York County Historical Society and Museum

The Historical Society Museum is operated by the York County Heritage Trust and is housed in a former 1921 auto dealership.  The Historical Society Museum features exhibits of artifacts and items related to the history of York County, Pennsylvania as well as a research library with an extensive collection of documents and photographs for those conducting family research.  Located at 250 East Market Street in York, PA.

 

 

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