Pennsylvania Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by blueskyjohn
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by blueskyjohn
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by blueskyjohn

Pennsylvania Off The Beaten Path

  • Pennypack Park

    Philadelphia Off The Beaten Path

    Many historic structures are still intact throughout Pennypack Park. In 1697, the Pennypack Bridge, one of the oldest stone bridges still in use in the United States, was built on King's Highway, now known as Frankford Avenue. The Pennypack Baptist Church, another of the Park's historic sites, was built in 1688. The Verree House on Verree Road...

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  • Longwood Gardens

    Philadelphia Off The Beaten Path

    One of the world's premier destinations for horticulturists and non-gardeners alike, it encompasses 20 outdoor gardens, 20 indoor gardens, four acres of heated greenhouses and 11,000 different types of plants. Longwood Gardens is open every day of the year and attracts more than 900,000 visitors annually, and displays change seasonally. Be prepared...

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  • Eastern State Penitentiary

    Philadelphia Off The Beaten Path

    The Eastern State Penitentiary was a place I'd driven by 50 or so times as I have friends that live nearby, but I had never taken the time to make a proper visit till this spring, and am very glad I did. Opened in 1829, it's the first ever penitentiary and best known as the birth place of solitary confinement. It was believed that people are...

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  • Fairmont Park

    Philadelphia Off The Beaten Path

    Located in Fairmount Park, the largest city park in the US, are the Fairmount Park Mansions. These seven eighteenth and early nineteenth century historic homes were established as rural retreats by prominent families of the city. These lovely homes give the visitor a glimpse into Philadelphia's rich history. If you visit during the Christmas...

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  • Camden Attractions

    Philadelphia Off The Beaten Path

    Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ was completely renovated in 2005. Open daily from 9:30-5pm it is well worth a visit. 200,000 square feet of shark tunnels, hippos, free-flying birds and sea life from around the world. My daughter loves the touch tanks, and I fed the manta rays by hand. She even got picked once to wade in the manta ray tank! The...

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  • Lancaster County

    Philadelphia Off The Beaten Path

    When we were looking for things to do in Philly, we stumbled upon some guided "Amish Country Tours". Figuring this would be as good a chance as any to see what the Amish are all about, we took the tour and came out of there having seen, heard and (especially) tasted a lot! Seldom has the cliché "You have to see it to believe it" applied so well....

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  • Valley Forge

    Philadelphia Off The Beaten Path

    1) This place is of historic interest, strangely enough, because of what DIDN'T happen here. Namely, in the winter of 1777-1778, the Continental Army did NOT fall apart, as it very easily could have. Alexander Hamilton, in charge of getting supplies to the army, found out what happens when you have no strong, central government to manage threats...

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  • Lahaska - Peddlers Village

    Philadelphia Off The Beaten Path

    Peddler's Village in Lahaska (waaaaay outside Philly) was one of my favorite haunts as a child. There are plenty of cute little shops that have been there for years. It's somewhat spoiled by the fact they expanded the shops and put in outlets (but now there are outlets!). It's still fun to stay in PD proper and see the older shops. They also have a...

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  • New Hope

    Philadelphia Off The Beaten Path

    Since 1957 there has been an antique car show in the summer in New Hope. I think the show was canceled in 2004, so I'm not sure if it will be held in 2005 or not. The only show I can find in New Hope for 2005 is on 08/20/05 and it is the 18th annual show for members of the Lambda Car Club only, whereas the show we went to would be almost 50 years...

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  • Calder Museum

    Philadelphia Off The Beaten Path

    There are so many interesting works here. Actually this rightly called "Calders on the Parkway." It is a series of outdoor installations along Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The museum, when it is finally completed, will be between 21st and 22nd Street on Benjamin Franklin Parkway directly across from the Rodin Museum.

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  • Buchanan's Birthplace State Park

    Buchanan's Birthplace State Park is a small, off-the-beaten-path park dedicated to former President James Buchanan. Buchanan's father owned the land around this site, and the President was born and spent his first six years here before moving off to nearby Mercersburg then later Carlisle. Before becoming president, Buchanan served as a member of...

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  • The Jim Thorpe Memorial, Jim Thorpe, PA

    Jim Thorpe was born on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma, to an Irish Catholic father and a mother who was half Sac and Fox Indian and half French. Jim Thorpe was raised as a Sac and Fox Indian, but also as a Catholic. At the age of 16, Jim Thorpe enrolled in the Carlisle, PA Indian School and he learned to play football from Pop Warner himself....

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  • The town of Jim Thorpe (formerly Mauch...

    The town we know today as Jim Thorpe was founded in 1818 as Mauch Chunk, possibly a local Indian phrase meaning "bear mountain." In its early days, Mauch Chunk thrived on its coal industry, which hauled the coal from the nearby mountains into town via rail. One of the routes, called the Mauch Chunk Switchback Gravity Railroad, is cited as being the...

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  • Kinzua Dam

    Kinzua Dam was authorized in the 1930s but not started until 1960. When built along the Allegheny River Valley, Pennsylvania's last Indian reservation, which housed the Seneca Indians, was forced to relocate to Salamanca, New York. 10,000 acres here were granted to the Seneca by a 1794 treaty, and here they remained until the dam was built and...

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  • The Twin Bridges

    The Twin Bridges are the only twin covered bridges in the United States. Called the East Paden Bridge and the West Paden Bridge, they were constructed in 1884 by W.C. Pennington for $720.00, and were named after John Paden, who operated a nearby sawmill. The East Paden Bridge is 79 feet (24 meters) long and the West Paden Bridge is 103 feet (31...

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  • Kinzua Bridge

    Kinzua Bridge, constructed in 1882, was once known as the Eighth Wonder of the World. It stood 301 feet over the creek below, and it stretched 2,052 feet across the valley, making it the longest and tallest railroad bridge in the world when it was completed. In 1900 the iron bridge was dismantled piece by piece and rebuilt of steel to allow it to...

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  • High Plateau-PA 144

    Also called Route 44, this is a state byway that is 27 miles long and has views of Sproul State Forest. There are no homes or even power lines along this area but there are deer , elk and even bears. It is a big hunting area and not much traffic. This goes between Snow Shoe and Renovo and make sure you have enough gas, since there is no service...

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  • Bucktail Trail

    Bucktail Trail or PA 120 is another scenic byway in Pennsylvania that is 100 miles long. It goes from Ridgway in the west to Lock Haven in the west. Another curvy road, it it scenic with the Sinnemahoning Creek along parts of it. There are some little towns but not many services.

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  • George Washington in Pennsylvania

    Throughout his life, America's first President, George Washington, spent quite a bit of time in Pennsylvania. In fact many of the most famous moments of his life occurred here such as when his forces started the global conflict known as the Seven Years War, when he was defeated at Fort Necessity in the French and Indian War, when he wintered the...

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  • Mongst the hills of Somerset

    Poet James Whitcomb Riley once wrote, "Mongst the hills of Somerset, I wish I were a'roamin' yet."Somerset was home to many of the leaders of the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. This rebellion against the new federal government ensued because of a new tax on whiskey intended to pay off the debt from the Revolutionary War. Washington eventually led a...

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  • Burnside, PA's forgotten history

    Burnside is way off the beaten path in rural Clearfield County, PA. When driving through you'll notice a few huge, but run-down old mansions, amazing architecture for this area. This tiny community sits along a railroad line and a branch of the Susquehanna River, so it built its fortune on the logging industry. It also has a few interesting...

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  • The tiny town of Corsica

    Corsica, PA is a small village of about 300 people and is located along rural Interstate-80 in Western PA. The town was most likely named after the Island of Corsica in France, the birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte. Today Corsica is home to Jack's Boot Shop, a huge store with thousands of pairs of boots in stock. Otherwise, there's hardly another...

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  • Historic Brookville Pennsylvania

    Brookville is a town founded on the lumber and logging industry. Its first settlers arrived around 1790, and the town's first house was built in 1801. The area's loggers used the area streams and rivers to float logs down to Pittsburgh and beyond. The town was established in 1830 on a major transportation route called the Susquehanna and Waterford...

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  • JAMES BUCHANAN’S BIRTHPLACE STATE PARK

    Someone has got to come in last and on many people’s lists of U.S. Presidents regarding their effectiveness, James Buchanan comes in dead last, or nearly so. The man - the only President to come from Pennsylvania - is condemned mainly for his actions - and inactions - which helped lead to the American Civil War - many southern States actually left...

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  • PEARY MONUMENT - CRESSON

    Robert Peary was born in Cresson in 1856 about 80 miles east of Pittsburgh. His family moved to Portland, Maine where he for the most part grew up, graduating from Bowdoin College. Peary is best known for his Arctic expeditions, exploring Greenland several times and controversially becoming the first person to reach the North Pole in 1909. He was...

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  • PEARY MONUMENT - CRESSON

    Robert Peary was born in Cresson in 1856 about 80 miles east of Pittsburgh. His family moved to Portland, Maine where he for the most part grew up, graduating from Bowdoin College. Peary is best known for his Arctic expeditions, exploring Greenland several times and controversially becoming the first person to reach the North Pole in 1909. He was...

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  • WEST OVERTON MUSEUM

    Like the Frick and Clayton in Pittsburgh, West Overton is a story related mainly to the industrialist Henry Clay Frick and the efforts of his daughter - Helen Clay Frick - to memorialize him. West Overton was developed as a small distillery plantation for rye whiskey by the Overholt family. They had emigrated originally from Switzerland along with...

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  • PETERSBURG TOLLHOUSE - ADDISON

    The %L{http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumberland_Road]National Pike was authorized in 1806 by Thomas Jefferson, but debate over who would benefit and maintain the 800 mile road lasted some 40 years. The road was opened as a free federal road in 1818 but ownership passed to the States it ran through in 1831-34. Pennsylvania erected six tollhouses -...

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  • SEARIGHT TOLLHOUSE

    This is one of two tollhouses that were built along the National Pike in Pennsylvania that survive today. The house, restored in 1966 and located a few miles northwest of Uniontown on US 40, was named for a local prominent citizen, William Searight. The house was built around 1835 and tolls were collected here until about 1905. The National Pike...

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  • HORSESHOE CURVE

    This famous railway curve was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1854 to help trains get up and over the Allegheny Mountains of central Pennsylvania. The curve covers about 220 degrees and has been in continuous use since its inception with two to four - three today - tracks running. A potential weak spot in the American transportation system,...

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  • MONONGAHELA CHURCH

    Third largest of the ‘Restoration’ churches that came out of the Mormon movement initiated by Joseph Smith in 1830, the Bickertonites used this chapel as the headquarters for their Church of Jesus Christ for many years. The headquarters have since moved a few miles to the east, just outside Greensburg. With Smith’s murder in 1844, first counselor...

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  • MASON-DIXON LINE

    Probably the most famous of all surveying borders in the United States is the Mason-Dixon Line. Surveyed between 1763 and 1767, Mason and Dixon made it all the way to a point near Mt Morris just west of the Monongahela River when local Indians encouraged them to discontinue their efforts. The line was completed by others to the point of what is now...

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  • CALEDONIA STATE PARK

    Located atop South Mountain between Chambersburg and Gettysburg - South Mountain is the northernmost extension of the Blue Ridge Mountains and extends as far south as Harpers Ferry - Caledonia was established as a charcoal iron works in 1837 by Thaddeus Stevens, the longtime abolitionist congressman from Pennsylvania. The furnace works contained...

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  • MORMON PRIESTHOOD RESTORATION SITE

    Late in 1827, Joseph Smith, Jr. and his wife, Emma, moved to Harmony - now Oakland - Pennsylvania - her family was from this area. They settled along the Susquehanna River where Smith continued his work which was to become the Book of Mormon. In response to prayer, Joseph and Oliver Cowdery were visited by John the Baptist and given the power of...

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  • FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE

    F&M is the 17th oldest college in the U.S. with slightly under 2000 students in attendance. Chartered in 1787 on the site of a former brewery in Lancaster, the school was originally named after Benjamin Franklin and was established as a German college to help German immigrants to assimilate into the culture of the U.S.. The school featured...

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  • MERCERSBURG ACADEMY

    Founded in 1836 as a preparatory department for Marshall College, the school stayed in Mercersburg after Marshall merged with Franklin College in Lancaster in 1853 to form Franklin & Marshall College. Mercersburg Academy - officially, ‘Mercersburg College’ - is home to the original James Buchanan birthplace cabin which was moved to the campus in...

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  • Mid-Atlantic Day/Weekend trips from...

    Located between New York and Philidelphia are New Hope PA & Lambertville NJ. These adjacent historic villages offer arts, culture, fine dinning and gorgeous views of the Delaware River valley.Other day or weekend trips from the Philadelphia areaYou may also want to spend a bit of time at the beach. Cape May NJ: a charming victorian seaside...

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  • My dad's pet bear

    I stole this narrative from my dad's blog (see link below)... hope you like it!Last Monday morning, at about 3:30AM, I was awakened by sudden loud, angry barking and carrying on from the "dog park". Unable to quiet the ten hounds from the bedroom window, I went out in my skivvies, of course. I did manage to settle them somewhat but Speckles carried...

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  • Stop Here for the World's Best...

    Imagine you are heading north on I-79 toward Pittsburg. You need a break, travelling has gotten monotonous. Just hold on until you reach Exit 45. Congratulations! You have made it to Canonsburg, Pa. Canonsburg is a sleepy little town. It boasts a few restaurants and a Super 8 motel. At first glance it seems a place to pass on by; however, nestled...

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  • Extraordinary Castle on the Hill

    Visit Grey Towers, in Milford, in the very northeast corner of the state, along the Delaware River, across from High Point State Park, another gem, in New Jersey. Truly a crown jewel and relatively undiscovered. Home to Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the Forest Service and twice good, governor of Pennsylvania. Cornelia Pinchot created a delightful...

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  • West Branch Susquehanna River

    This is a truly cool river - once the gateway to the west for the early european settlers - lots of early mining and timbering nearly ruined this land.Large parts of the upper river basin are sterile from mine drainage, but they're making real progress cleaning it up. some very remote areas - camping on the river is fairly safe - low on the...

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  • Big Ol' Coffee Pot

    While it might not be the biggest in the world, the Bedford Coffee Pot sure is big. It is one of a dwindling number of examples of this kind of architecture. The technical term is "programmatic architecture", but basically it means that the building looks like what they sell. In the case of the Coffee Pot, it was a coffee shop for many years...

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  • Airplane Rides over Bucks County

    Last summer a friend and I decided to check out Bucks County from above. We had finished up our antique and thrift shopping at the Kutztown Extravaganza surprisingly early, so we had the whole day for adventures. There were a few options for time in the sky, if memory serves we took the half hour ride. Beautiful farmscapes rolled out beneath us....

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  • Lost River Caverns

    A few years ago, Lou and I were driving home from New Hope, taking a the longest way possible, when we came across signs for The Lost River Caverns. We decided to investigate. We bought our tickets at the entrance than walked though a little museum which led to a gift shop. The cave entrance is located behind a door at the far end of the gift shop....

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  • Outhouse Races In Dushore

    Dushore is a little tiny town in Northeast Pa. They are the only town in Sullivan County with a traffic light if it gives you any idea how remote this area is.The Big Day in Dushore is Founders Day in Mid-August. I think it's generally the 2nd Saturday of the month. There are BBQ's set up, items for sale along the Main Street , the Keg races and...

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