"Boalsburg ~ Birthplace of Memorial Day"
Just down the road apiece (5 miles) from State College is Boalsburg which is home to The Pennsylvania Military Museum. It's mission is "to preserve history and educate, as well as honore this state's "Citizen Soldier." How appropriate that this museum is located in Boalsburg since it is the place where the national holiday of "Memorial Day" came into being.
The Museum is housed in a large building painted to look like a bar of military ribbons ( campaigns) such as you would find on a soldier's "Class A" uniform. I think this in itself is clever and unique!
Exhibits cover years of military history spanning from the "French and Indian War" right through to "Desert Storm."Exhibits include a full-scale replica of a WWI trench battlefield, tanks, jeeps, WWI ambulance, uniforms, weapons, and narratives. The perspective is that of the "homefront" efforts of citizens.
The Museum hosts special events on their grounds as well such as a Memorial Day celebration, antique car shows, "People's Choice Art 's Festival", and a "28th Division Memorial Service." A Shrine is deidicated to the memory of "citizen-soldiers of America's oldest Army division, the Pennsylvania 28th." See the memorial on the museum grounds.
Museum may be closed Mondays. Tues - Sat. 9 - 5. Sunday Noon - 5pm. Admission is charged, but please check their website for updated hours and admission fees. There's a gift shop in the Museum
Consider becoming a member of the Museum. Family memberships are only $25 per year. If you love history, military history (like my son), it will be worth the minor cost.
O.W. Houtz: A place to find notions and nick-nacks that no one thinks still exist. Such as: endless varieties of knitting yarn, hardware finds, and family heirlooms like Cedar chests and baker's racks, dated collectables, pots, plants and dainty gourmet details.
No doubt if you arrive in State College from the east via General Potter Highway also known as Route 322, you cannot miss seeing Yearick's Iron Horse Ranch. While its signature chrome horse sculpture is in my opinion beautiful, it seems to be the only horse we could see on this "Iron Horse Ranch."
For years now this large tract of land with its collection of rustic buildings, the horse sculpture and more has kept us wondering exactly what the nature of all this was. We had been wanting to stop and take photos of it for 3 years at least!
While it's the horse sculpture is so prominent and eye catching, it's the large Harley-Davidson Motorcycle business named "#1 Cycle Center" which certainly seems to be at the heart of the property. It houses new and used Harleys as well as Harley branded clothing shop. And though it may look real, the nearby barn-looking building is really a separate entity --- it is a storage unit housing classic cars, hot rods, etc., some of which are for sale. Each car has its own "stall."
While the architecture and building materials of most of the buildings on this property make them resemble national park lodge buildings and rustic cabins, contrary to what we believed, there doesn't seem to be a lodge or guest house on the property!! Also, unlike some Harley dealers, Yearick's Iron Horse Ranch does not seem to have a café under the same roof.
If anyone has better info. on this eyecatching place, I'd be glad to have better information.
Yearick's Iron Horse Ranch is located at 1957 General Potter Highway (Rt. 322) in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania.
There is a trail located in Lemont that leads up to the top of Nittany mountain. Also, though locals scoff, the nearby town of Bellefonte has some very beautiful architecture and a pretty little park. Whipple's Dam State Park is a favorite local swimming hole.
Seeing the Parks around the residential areas is a Must! I love Holmes Foster Park and use to play there as a child.
Also see listings by State College Parks and Recreation for more info. via the I-net.
State College takes pride in Preserving it's historical homes.
Park Forest & Toftress Residential areas are beautiful to see. Sidewalks throughout College Heights and near Holmes Foster Park provide enjoyable places to stroll during any season, however Autumn (mid-late October) is an especially scenic time.
Come Visit: O.W. Houtz: A place to find notions and knick-knacks that no one thinks still exist. Such as: endless varieties of knitting yarn, hardware finds, and family heirlooms like Cedar chests and baker's racks, dated collectables, pots, plants and dainty gourmet details.
Visit: W. College Ave & Buckout streets.