History & Heritage
When you come to the Susquehanna River Valley, it may feel like you've stepped back in time - when the pace of life was a little slower and neighbors knew one another. While you're here, take some time to indulge your senses.
Listen to the clip-clop of horse and buggies as they scurry from the country side to the downtown to sell their produce and wares. Squeeze and smell the fresh produce at our roadside stands and farmers markets. Observe history that's alive and thriving in realistic reenactments, museums, heritage festivals, and educational experiences. Touch handmade quilts that took months to craft by hand. Taste our local specialties, like whoopie pies, pot pie, and apple butter.
While you're in the area, stop by our Visitor Information Center and pick up a Covered Bridge map. You'll quickly realize that our region is home to 17 of the oldest and most unique covered bridges. Also consider exploring our diverse downtowns by foot. Discover the unique history and heritage of our downtowns with these brand new "Every Town a Treasure" brochures.
Central Pennsylvania Vintage Iron Club
Travel back in time to see the area's best collection of farm tractors, machinery & hit-and-miss engines of the past at our Annual Vintage Iron Fall Festival held at the Union County Fairgrounds, Laurelton, PA. Classic food and fun including free activities for the whole family.
A handsome 1793 Georgian limestone house that was built by Samuel Dale, an Irish immigrant who served under George Washington at the Battle of Princeton in the American Revolution and then in the first Pennsylvania Assembly.
Fort Hunter served as PA's stronghold to the upper Susquehanna River Valley from the days of the French and Indian Wars to the close of the American Revolution. This museum features artifacts recovered during various archaeological digs on the site, and and extensive historical and genealogical library. Two fort features, the well and the powder magazine, remain on the grounds.
Joseph Priestley House is a National Historic Chemical Landmark where visitors can investigate the ideas and contributions to American history of Joseph Priestley (1733-1804), noted English theologian, educator, natural philosopher and political theorist.
This log house (c.1802) was the home of Frederick and Anna Gutelius and their fifteen children. Frederick was a blacksmith, surveyor, Union County Commissioner, Justice of the Peace, and a founder of the Reformed Church.
The Thomas T. Taber Museum chronicles the history of our region from American Indian occupation through 20th Century industry and life.
The Mifflinburg Buggy Museum preserves the only intact 19th century carriage factory in the United States. The complex includes a historic buggy maker's home, buggy showroom, and modern visitor center. The visitor center has permanent and changing exhibits, hands on work bench and videos.
"Discover the 1/6 scale model of Old Fort Augusta built in 1756. Visit the museum of historical and archeological artifacts on display from Northumberland County and research your roots at our extensive genealogical library."
The historic Packwood House Museum is one of the area's hidden treasures. It is open for guided tours and features two major exhibits each year, plus a wide range of other programs. For more information visit www.packwoodhousemuseum.com
Discover the rivers, rails and roads that made the Susquehanna River Valley successful at the turn of the century. The newly renovated 1949 PA Pullman Parlor Car is available for tours and rental.
The Slifer House Museum is a grand Tuscan style mansion designed by Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan in 1860 for Eli Slifer, secretary of Pennsylvania during the Civil War. The museum offers guided tours and special programs throughout the year. For more information, call 524-2245 or visit www.sliferhouse.org.
Genealogical Research Library/County History Museum in Historic Church Building.
Preserving the past for the future. The 1793 Dale/Engle/Walker house features architecture, area slavery and the underground railroad both associated with the house, the immigrant experience, and has three interactive stations that are part of one's experience.