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In 1895 Emmett Swigart began collecting automobiles while selling insurance. By 1935 his collection got so big he had to look for a larger building to house his cars and decided to move his insurance practice along with it.
He bought a large home and refurbished it with salvaged parts from old Phhiladelphia homes, making display areas for his now growing collection of license plates.
By the time of his death he had preserved 12 cars,nurmerous hood ornaments, name plates, license plates.
The only interested party was William, of his children, the renamed the collection the Swigart Motor Museum and in 1957 moved it to it’s present location.
William continue to grow the collection until his death in 2000. At this time the museum is now a non-profit and contains more than 140 cars.
Did you know that Scranton’s nickname is The Electric City? Then what a perfect place for the Electric City Trolley Museum.
Trolleys originally were horse drawn, after that they were run on electric rails well into the twentieth century.
The Electric City Trolley Museum is located in downtown Scranton, at the Steamtown National Historic Site. Not only do they house the history of trains and trolleys, there are exhibits and biographies of those that made the difference in what became our current public transportation system.
While you’re there take a Trolley Excursion Tour. After seeing the sites of the museum, you’ll see the sites of Scranton for a nominal fee. It’s definitly fun for all ages throughout the year.
Check out their calendar, there’s always something happening at the Electric City Trolley Museum!
The Insectarium, was opened in 1992 by Steve Kanya, who owned Steve’s Bug-Off Exterminating Company.
Imagine, if you can, a kitchen deliberately infested with big cockroaches. Thousands of big cockroaches, scuttling across every surface. The kind of roaches that turn into an airborne swarm when conditions are right.
And then the power goes out.
Actually, this amusing scenario hasn’t happened. Yet. Which is why we should all hope that the power never goes out in the Insectarium.
The second floor is where visitors are offered the opportunity to eat cheddar-flavored beetle larvae. They say the average American ingests up to two pounds of bug parts each year, mostly mixed in with their vegetables.
The third floor of the attraction houses live exhibits: terrariums of centipedes, beetles, stink bugs, tarantulas. The Black Widow and Ecuadorian Bird-Eating spiders are cozy neighbors. In one corner is a pet-a-bug table, where visitors are invited to stroke a Madagascar hissing cockroach and a whip-tail scorpion. Kids can pose as insects or can crawl through a bungee-cord spider’s web. Hand-painted murals of oversized ladybugs, caterpillars, and spiders fill the walls.
Jimmy Stewart was actually 4th generation Pennsylvanian. He was born on Pennsylvania St in Indiana Pa. He was a boyscout, went to Princeton and studied architecture. He also played the accordian and served in the service. Most people don’t know that Jimmy also wrote poetry, some of which was published.
Curwensville Lake offers many opportunities to entertain the whole family. Biking, hiking, boating, and fishing are just a few. Bring a picnic, Frisbee, volleyball and some friends and enjoy a day or a whole weekend.
Camping and hiking provide an excellent opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Bring your bike and test the trails or open roadway. When the day is done sit back and enjoy a hot dog on the fire or check out the swimming area and relax.
Do you enjoy fishing or boating? Enjoy the open waters with your boat or kayak, or spend some relaxing time fishing for bass or bluegill.
Whether you’re having a family reunion or just some family fun, there’s plenty for everyone to do. No matter what you decide, check their event calendar before you go. At Curwensville Lake, you’ll always discover something new. Additional fees may apply.
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.