Pennsylvania Historic Sites

Pennsylvania Historic Sites

Learn more about how your Keystone State ancestors lived.

African American Museum in Philadelphia

701 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 574-0380, <www.aampmuseum.org>: The museum interprets the achievements of African-Americans since pre-Colonial times through art, artifacts, photos and multimedia presentations.

American Swedish Historical Museum

1900 Pattison Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19145 (215) 389-1776, <www.americanswedish.org>: Among the artifacts on display at America’s oldest museum about Swedes are John Ericsson’s original drawings of the USS Monitor.

Eckley Miners’ Village

2 Eckley Main St. Weatherly, PA 18255 (570) 636-2070, <www.eckleyminers.org>: This anthracite mining town has become a museum devoted to the lives of miners and their families.

Gettysburg National Military Park

97 Taneytown Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325, (717) 334-1124, <nps.gov/archive/gett/home.htm>: Tour the battlefields and stop by some of the 1,300 monuments, statues and markers dedicated to the largest battle fought in the Western Hemisphere.

Independence National Historical Park

143 S. Third St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, (215) 965-2305, <nps.gov/inde>: The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall (restored to its appearance when the Founding Fathers drafted the US Constitution) are top attractions at this park, but stop by its other sites, including the spot where Benjamin Franklin’s home once stood.

Mercer Museum

84 S. Pine St., Doylestown, PA 18901, (215) 345-0210, <www.mercermuseum.org>: Gifted, eccentric Henry Chapman Mercer built this towering castle, which houses some 40,000 tools of more than 60 early American crafts and trades. Also here is the Spruance Library with a collection on Bucks County genealogy.

National Civil War Museum

1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA 17105, (717) 260-1861, <www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org>: This site prides itself on balanced presentations without bias to Union or Confederate causes. Peruse 17 galleries and watch films on everything from slavery to military camp life.

National Constitution Center

525 Arch St., Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19106, (215) 409-6600, <www.constitutioncenter.org>: Celebrate our government’s core document, negotiated and signed in Philadelphia in 1787. This museum’s highlights include life-size statues of the Constitution’s signers.

Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center

Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA 19530, (610) 683-1589, <www.kutztown.edu/community/pgchc>: Pennsylvania German (so-called “Pennsylvania Dutch”) history is preserved in period structures such as an 1830 one-room schoolhouse.

Valley Forge National Historical Park

1400 N. Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406, (610) 783-1077, <nps.gov/vafo>: Valley Forge is George Washington’s best-known winter quarters and the Continental Army’s birthplace. See reconstructed huts and the general’s headquarters.

Visitor Information

Pennsylvania Tourism Office

Department of Community and Economic Development

Fourth Floor

Commonwealth Keystone Building

400 North St.

Harrisburg, PA 17120

(800) 847-4872

<www.visitpa.com>

Timeline

 
From the February 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine

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