History and Social Studies

Featured Historic Places/Sites

Curtin Village at Eagle Ironworks

Visit one of Central Pennsylvania’s most distinct state-owned and well-preserved historic sites, founded by 19th century iron manufacturer and politician Roland Curtin. 251 Curtin Village Rd., Howard, PA 16841. Tel: 814-355-1982. Cost: Fee... More Info

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Bushy Run Battlefield

1253 Bushy Run Rd., Jeannette, PA 15644. 724-527-5584. The pivotal battle fought between British and Native Americans during the French and Indian War. Students examine the life of Royal American Regiment soldier and the life of an Ohio Valley Native American on the changing western frontier. Fee.

Centre Furnace Mansion

1001 East College Ave., State College, PA 16801. 814-234-4779. Historic mansion and grounds. Learn about our county's history and iron industry; nearby iron furnace stack represents the 18th century beginnings of the area’s charcoal iron industry. Suggested Donation.

Cornwall Iron Furnace

94 Rexmont Road, Cornwall, PA 17016. 717-272-9711. Visit a 19th century charcoal fueled iron-making complex. Guided Tours. Fee.

Fort Hunter Mansion

5300 North Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110. 717-599-5751. This 40-acre historic site features 1700s and 1800s buildings, picnic pavilions, and playgrounds. Fee.

Fort Ligonier

200 S. Market Street, Ligonier, PA 15658. 724-238-9701. Explore Fort Ligonier's 18th century historic museum and fort with access to furnished buildings, wagons, cannons, and exhibits. Fee.

Fort Loudoun

N. Brooklyn Rd., Fort Loudoun, PA 17224. 717-369-3318. An authentic French and Indian frontier period fort located in rural Franklin County. Free.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

1 Washington Pkwy., Farmington, PA 15437. 724-329-5811. The battle at Fort Necessity was the opening action of the French and Indian War. Tour the fort and visit the Education Center with exhibits on Fort Necessity, the National Road film, and a learning laboratory. Fee/Schools may request a fee waiver.

Fort Pitt Museum

Historic Point State Park, 101 Commonwealth Place, ­Pittsburgh, PA 15222. 412-454-6304. Tells the story of Western Pennsylvania’s pivotal role during the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and the birthplace of Pittsburgh. Fee.

Fort Roberdeau Historic Site

383 Fort Roberdeau Rd., Altoona, PA 16601. 814-946-0048. Features a reconstructed Revolutionary War stockade surrounding six log cabins, as well as an 1858 barn containing exhibits, an education center with hands-on programs, three nature trails and picnic facilities. Fee.

Friendship Hill

223 New Geneva Rd., Point Marion, PA 15474. 724-725-9190. Tour the home of early American politician Albert Gallatin and participate in themed activities focusing on the Whiskey Rebellion or on Gallatin’s service as Secretary of the Treasury. Fee/Free.

Historic Sugartown

690 Sugartown Road, Malvern, Pennsylvania 19355. 610-640-2667. Tour a rural crossroads village dating back to the late 18th century that represents a typical village that provided goods and services required by the surrounding farm community. Fee.

Hopewell Furnace

2 Mark Bird Ln., Elverson, PA 19520. 610-582-8773. Operating from 1771-1883, Hopewell and other "iron plantations" laid the foundation for the transformation of the United States into an industrial giant. The park's 848 acres and historic structures illustrate the business, technology, and lifestyle of a growing nation. Free.

Jacobsburg Historical Society

402 Henry Road, Nazareth, PA 18064. 610-759-9029. Programs includes visitor center exhibits, a historic house museum, and living history encampments. Fee.

Johnstown Historical Society / Flood National Memorial

733 Lake Rd., South Fork, PA 15956. 814-886-6140. The Memorial preserves the ruins caused by the 1889 flood and screens a National Park Service-produced film, nicknamed "Black Friday," that tries to recreate the events. A new program, for 3rd to 6th grades, emphasizes experiential learning where students and teachers can explore historic sites, and tells about different elements of the story of the flood. Fee.

LeMoyne House

Groups can tour the house, which is filled with artifacts, and the western hemisphere’s first crematory, built by Francis Julius LeMoyne. 49 E Maiden St, Washington, PA 15301. Tel: 724-225-6740. Cost: Fee.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village

01 Meadowcroft Rd., Avella, PA 15312. 724-587-3412. Discover the prehistoric world of hunter-gatherers who camped at Meadowcroft Rockshelter 16,000 years ago, explore the culture and lifestyle of the Eastern Woodland Indians, or experience the sights and sounds of daily life in a 19th century rural community. Fee.

Moravian Historical Society and Whitefield House

214 East Center Street, Nazareth, PA 18064. 610-759-5070. A Moravian building used to store important papers and artifacts. Museum explores American culture and history. Free/Suggested Donation.