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The State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of 25 historic sites and museums administered by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History
Established in 1903, the State Archives is the official repository for permanently valuable government records dating back to the founding of the Commonwealth in 1681.
America's most complete charcoal-fueled iron-making complex.Cornwall produced arms for the American Revolution. The well-preserved furnace and mid-19th-century Gothic Revival structures around it include an 1839 steam engine and 24-foot gear.
Step into a centuries-old crossroads village, the largest museum of early Pennsylvania German life in the country. You will find demonstrating craftspersons, a general store, blacksmith shop, one-room schoolhouse and farm program with animals, gardens, crops and meadows.
Peace, tranquility and beauty are the hallmarks of this 18th-century site.
Discover Pennsylvania's celebrated peacemaker. A Colonial diplomat, Weiser is credited with maintaining peace with the powerful Iroquois Confederacy. His 1729 homestead, spring house and family gravesite are well preserved in an early 20th-century landscaped park.
Explore a fascinating world-class collection of more than 100 historic locomotives and vintage railroad cars from the industry that built the nation.
The American home and laboratory of the discoverer of oxygen. Step into the late 18th century and learn about this famous theologian, educator, political theorist and scientist. His handsome Georgian-style house is the primary exhibit.
Follow in the footsteps of a legendary frontiersman. The homestead, on 579 acres of rural countryside, includes the Boone House, restored and furnished with an outstanding collection of period Pennsylvania furniture, tools and farm implements.
The museum honors Pennsylvania's citizen-soldiers. Exhibits include uniforms, equipment, weapons and memorabilia. The surrounding 67-acre park includes the 28th Infantry Division Shrine, military vehicles and artillery.
Visit an authentic 19th-century patch town, a typical coal miners' village of 58 buildings - miners' houses, churches, a doctor's office and company store - situated on 92 acres in the heart of the anthracite coal region.
Chadds Ford, PA
Follow in the footsteps of George Washington at Brandywine Battlefield. Two Quaker farmhouses, occupied by Washington and Lafayette, are located on the grounds and stand much as they did in 1777.
Fort Washington, PA
Visit this exquisite 18th-century Georgian home. Built for Samuel Morris, it is grand in design and includes unique collections of period furnishings, decorative arts and fine art.
This home of a provincial governor is a rare blend of rustic charm and genteel refinement. Built by Governor William Keith in 1722 and sold to Dr. Thomas Graeme in 1739, the house reflects a Scottish heritage and interprets how servants, friends and family members lived in the 1700s.
Discover the people of Pennsylvania's anthracite region - their work, ethnicity and family traditions - from the days when hard coal was king. Featured is the work of 20th-century African American coal sculptor C. Edgar Patience. Programs include lecture series and changing exhibits.
The industrial site that rolled the rails for the nation's railroads. Four massive stone stacks are the remains of the blast furnaces of the Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company, built between 1848 and 1857. The furnaces ranked as the second-largest iron producer in the U.S. by the l880s.
Washington Crossing, PA
See where Washington's army crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Night, 1776. The 500-acre park includes 13 historic buildings, the village of Taylorsville and the McConkey's Ferry Inn.
Walk into a re-created lumber camp and discover the life of 19th-century loggers. The museum features exhibits on Pennsylvania's forests and logging practices. Programs Include the Bark Peelers' Convention featuring entertainment, contests, food and sawmill demonstrations.
The country estate of Pennsylvania's founder, William Penn. Penn's reconstructed home is beautifully situated on the Delaware River. Visitors can experience 17th-century life through the furnished manor house, bake and brew house, outbuildings and formal and kitchen gardens.
The Historical Center interprets the rural life of southwestern Pennsylvania from its earliest settlement to modern times, with special emphasis on change and the lives of everyday people.
Discover Pennsylvania's only recognized Native American battlefield. The battlefield marks the 1763 British victory of Colonel Henry Bouquet over a force of Native American warriors, a victory that opened the western frontier for European settlement.
A re-created 18th-century bastion. This pivotal site, the Gateway to the West, recalls the conflict between England and France for the control of North America.
Birthplace of the modern oil industry in 1859. Operating oil field machinery surrounds a replica of Edwin Drake's original well house. Guided gallery and grounds tours with hands-on activities show how oil dependence began.
The Harmonists, a Christian communal society, founded this village in 1824. The Harmonists were known for their piety, as well as for their economic successes in textile manufacturing, including silk production, and later in the oil and railroad industries.
Welcome aboard the Commonwealth's official flagship. Niagara carried Oliver Hazard Perry to victory in the Battle of Lake Erie, near Put-in-Bay, Ohio, on September 10, 1813.
In the 1850s this area, known as Tanner's Alley, was important on the Underground Railroad. Fugitive slaves hid at Joseph Bustill's & William Jones's...
U.S. Senator, 1877-97. Secretary of War under Ulysses Grant, 1876-77. President, Northern Central R.R., 1863-74. Son of Simon Cameron. His mansion here, acquired 1870,...
The second official Governor's residence occupied a site across this street. Originally a private home acquired in 1864, it was altered and enlarged by...
In the stone house opposite lived William Maclay, who as a member of the first U.S. Senate wrote a famous journal of its debates....
In 1785, the founder of Harrisburg set aside a four acre lot, now this section of Capitol Park, to be held in trust for...