SRU is a nice, medium-sized college that is in NCAA Division 2 for athletics.
Here are five photos taken on the campus.
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Before departing Slippery Rock, we made plans to tour The Old Stone House. This former 1822 tavern is located a few miles outside the town and four miles from The Apple Butter Inn. Unfortunately, we arrived a week after it had closed for the season: May 1-October 31
While taking the flagstone path to the front porch, an aged sign posted with THE RULES OF THE TAVERN could be seen propped up next to the front door:
4 pence a night for bed
6 pence with pot luck
2 pence for horsekeeping
No more than five to sleep in one bed
No razor grinders or tinkers taken in
No dogs allowed in the kitchen
Organ grinders to sleep in the wash house
An old springhouse sat below the pathway leading from the porch (pic #2). All looked snug and secure for the cold weather ahead!
Hours are Saturday from 10am-5pm; Sunday 12Noons-5pm. Seasonal.
The first request we made of our innkeeper was that he recommend a restaurant for dinner. He enthusiastically suggested The North Country Brewing Company, located right along Main Street, just minutes from the B&B.
This 1805 building and barn combo. was once an inn/tavern, a furniture and cabinetmaking business and finally an undertaker's.
You might expect a micro-brewery in a university town to be heavily patronized--it was! However, we were cautioned to arrive before 5:30 pm. so we only had to wait about 10 minutes for a table.
After thoroughly reading the menu, I opted for a juicy filet, which came with a baked potato (with several topping choices) and string beans with carrots. Mom chose the Tomato/Basil Linguine. Both dishes came with a salad and were absolutely wonderful! Bread was brought to the table in a terra cotta pot--so cute!
The brewery was very noisy, so if you hope to carry on a conversation it might be better to do it before or after your visit.
FYI:Besides developing their own brew, homemade cream of soda was made here, too. Hours are Mon.-Thurs. 11 am-11pm; Fri. & Sat. 11am-12 midnight; Sun. 12noon-10pm.
Glaciers found their way to Pennsylvania over two million years ago. As they melted, glacial related floods carved gorges into the terrain, tossing huge sandstone boulders along with them. As a result of this type of action, the gorge at Slippery Rock was formed and immense rocks were strewn over the hillsides.
The last glacier visited 23,000 years ago. Due to the combination of rapids, waterfalls and eddys, Slippery Rock Creek has some treacherous stream courses. Although we clamored up the hills and side streams often as children, we never ventured into the creek although it was quite tame with gentle ripples where we explored.
for more info. see www.dcnr.state.pa.us.
Before leaving Slippery Rock we dropped in on Slippery Rock University established in 1889 as a Normal School specializing in teacher education. In its early years there were two dorms housing 150 students and a main school building.
This proper old brick building (Normal Hall) commanding attention of visitors and students alike is surrounded by mature shade trees and topped by a clock tower. It's the most attractive building on this 600 acre campus.
The school is located about 50 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. The first President was James E. Morrow, grandfather of novelist Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Starting enrollment totaled 168 students.
The commonweath of Pennsylvania purchased the school in 1926 and Slippery Rock became a four year teacher's college whose focus was health and physical education.
Another early structure is West Hall (or West Gym), constructed in 1900 of yellow brick and originally utiilzed as a gym. It has been restored and renamed Carruth-Rizza Hall (pic #2).
Slippery Rock University was my Mom's alma mater, so I thought we should drop by on our travels since we were in the area. Sometimes it's fun to connect-the-dots!
Pictured is North Hall, which replaced an earlier building destroyed by fire in 1837. Apparently, some freshmen boys gathering wood for homecoming's ox roast tired of their chore and set to roasting hotdogs and marshmallows leading to the devastation of the structure. No student was injured, but it did add a touch of the dramatic to the university's history.
In 1960, Slippery Rock College was transformed from a institution singly focused on obtaining a teaching degree to a school structured to reward undergrad and graduate degrees in liberal arts and in the professions, as well.
Now the campus has an enrollment of 7,600 students from 40 states and 71 countries. The university is comprised of forty-eight buildings on 600 acres and numbers 400 faculty members.
Traveling along Slippery Rock's main street, you'll pass a war memorial honoring the local men who gave their lives for their country in WWII (1941-1945).
Above the list of names, these words are etched: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13
The memorial sits in a pretty landscaped niche along the sidewalk, accented by a few trees whose leaves are a deep red from Autumn's cold snap. The bench nearby overlooks the passing traffic and provides a spot to sit and catch one's breath or to reflect.