Month: March 2019

Gifford Pinchot State Park

Gifford Pinchot State Park

Gifford Pinchot State Park ia a 2,338-acre full service park in northern York County along PA 177 between the towns of Rossville and Lewisberry (near Roundtop Ski Area). The park consists of reverting farm fields and wooded hillsides with the 340-acre Pinchot Lake serving as…

Oil Creek State Park

Oil Creek State Park

The Oil Creek Valley is the site of the world’s first commercial oil well. The primary purpose of Oil Creek State Park is to tell the story of the changing landscape. The early petroleum industry’s oil boom towns and important oil well sites are in…

Fort Roberdeau

Fort Roberdeau

Fort Roberdeau, the “Lead Mine Fort,” as it was called in the 18th century, was built during the spring and summer of 1778 to protect lead mining operations in Sinking Valley.

Unlike many frontier forts built of logs placed vertically, this one has the unique construction of horizontal logs. The limestone of the valley prevented the normal procedure of digging a trench, standing the logs in it, and then filling it in. The fort was never attacked, but served as a safe refuge for soldiers, lead miners and local settlers. Lead produced here was most likely taken to Water Street landing and sent by the Juniata and Susquehanna Rivers to soldiers in the East.

Among the many inhabitants over the course of the forts lifetime were American Indians who came periodically as hunters and gatherers and the Penn family.
During your visit you may see how lead balls are made and see how muskets are fired. If you really want the experience, you can make reservations for their annual 18th Century Dinner.

Check out their website too and read the letters to Washington and Owings. Whether you’re on their site or on their grounds, Fort Roberdeau offers something different than other historical sites.

McCalls Dam State Park

McCalls Dam State Park

The sound of White Deer Creek pervades the quiet, remote McCalls Dam Park. Majestic pines, hemlocks, maples and oaks reach for the sky around the small picnic area. Bald Eagle State Forest surrounds the 8-acre McCalls Dam State Park. There is a small picnic area…

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The People’s Path, and America’s First National Scenic Trail `The body of the Trail is provided by the lands it traverses, and its soul is in the living stewardship of the volunteers and workers of the Appalachian Trail community.` -from the Appalachian Trail Management Principles,…

Living Treasures Animal Park – Donegal

Living Treasures Animal Park – Donegal

At Living Treasures in Moraine, you can see and interact with hundreds of animals from around the world.

There are several species of birds, primates, big cats, reptiles and more!

Featured exhibits include a rare white tiger, near extinct barbary lions, laughing hyenas, and large alligators.

At the Donegal location there is a large gift shop and special rides and attractions.

The Houdini Museum

The Houdini Museum

They’ll even float a audience member up in the air, pass a hoop around them and float them back down. Kids and parents both love this place.

Independence National Historical Park

Independence National Historical Park

The old cracked Bell still proclaims Liberty, and Independence Hall echoes the words, `We the People.` Explore Franklin’s Philadelphia and learn about the past and America’s continuing struggle to fulfill the Founders’ Declaration that `all men are created equal.`Access to all park sites within the…