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…
Month: March 2019
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.
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…
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,…
Are you curious about wine and how it’s made? Or maybe you’re just interested in the history and the tools that are used. How about trying to find that one special bouquet without buying bottle after bottle.
Then Laurel Mountain Vineyard is the place to visit, with wine tasting to teach you the difference between wines to a Antique Museum that shows the developement of wine making implements through the years.
Bring lunch and enjoy the view from their Pavillion. Or check out their events calendar for live music. When you’re through stop buy the gift shop for all kinds of wine gizmos and gadgets.
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…
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 National Historical Park is free, there are also group tours available at Independence Hall which require tickets. For more information on tickets and group tours please see the Independence National Historical Park website.