Every Town A Treasure Road Trip

Filled with historic towns and architecture, broad tree-lined streets, meandering scenic roads, covered bridges, lush forests, and a high quality of life, the Susquehanna River Valley is the type of region that calls to artists and those who appreciate simple beauty. True to form, this valley is a treasure trove of art, antiques and more wrapped up in beautiful surroundings, ready to be discovered. In this arts itinerary through the Valley, we’ve selected art galleries, stops on the Post Office Art Tour, artisans’ shops and workshops, campus art museums, historic homes with exceptional art collections, and theater and performance venues that highlight local talent. You’ll find handcrafted furniture, pottery, antiques, and more.

Day One

Settled in 1754, Selinsgrove was once an important trading post on the Susquehanna River. Today you’ll find it a quaint, delightful town. A leisurely stroll of downtown takes you past the stately Governor Snyder Mansion, which was built in 1816. Seibert Hall, which some believe to be the most beautiful building in town, dates from 1902. Selinsgrove Hall, which dates back to 1858, once housed the entire Susquehanna University, which in 1905 became one of the nation’s first co-educational colleges. Like so many other historic towns of the time, Selinsgrove suffered major fires in 1872 and 1874, which necessitated the replacement of many wooden structures with brick buildings. Today, these buildings are cheerfully occupied by shops, businesses, and restaurants.

As you explore the town, be sure to stop at the Selinsgrove Post Office to view the beautiful 1939 New Deal mural depicting spring plowing and planting in Pennsylvania. Continue to walk through downtown Selinsgrove to explore its boutique shops and restaurants, described by most as “quaint, picturesque, idyllic and charming”.

This evening we recommend having dinner in downtown Selinsgrove at  BJ’s Steak and Rib House, either before or after you enjoy a music or theater performance at Susquehanna University (schedule permitting).

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Day Two

After you've had your morning coffee, take a short drive to Shikellamy State Park Marina and enjoy the views. Check out the tip of the park where the North and West branches of the river meet. Named one of our Top 20 River Spots, you may even see a Bald Eagle flying overhead.

Continue to Northumberland to explore the Northumberland Post Office Art ( see example at left) which includes a sculpture depicting the town’s most famous resident, Dr. Joseph Priestley (1733-1804), the discoverer of oxygen. Then head over to the Joseph Priestley House Museum to tour his house and laboratory and learn more about this fascinating man. After the tour, drive to The Point Barn Antiques before continuing on to Lewisburg.

While in Lewisburg, relax and enjoy browsing artwork at the Samek Gallery on the campus of Bucknell University and at the Downtown Gallery. Be sure to enjoy the Poetry Path – a walking tour of historic downtown Lewisburg and Bucknell that offers visitors a chance to read and hear recordings of poems by living poets, recited in the poets' own voices. Check out the architecture of the Lewisburg Post Office and then explore Lewisburg’s plethora of antique shops. In the evening we recommend enjoying Thai food at Siam Restaurant before taking in a movie at the historic art deco Campus Theatre or a performance at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University (schedule and performances permitting).

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Day Three

In the morning, loop north along the river to visit the town of Milton. Take the self-guided historic walking tour which highlights the history of the town in 14 commemorative displays. These fantastic façade murals (pictured right) celebrate several decades of local and national history. You can also view the Milton's Post Office Art as part of the tour and visit some of Milton's fine antique shops.

In the afternoon continue onto the city of Sunbury, the original county seat of Northumberland County. Stroll the streets with a self-guided historic walking tour that encompasses 225 years of history. For lunch, we recommend The Edison Hotel made famous by Thomas Edison. It was the first electrically lit commercial structure in the country. Also, don't miss the Northumberland County Historical Society's Fort Augusta scale model and Hunter House Museum located along North River Street.

If you're a fan of authentic Asian antiques, art, and collectibles, make an appointment for a private showing at Mark Walberg Fine Art and Antiques and then head over to Northumberland for dinner at the Front Street Station, located in a historic 1910 authentic railroad passenger station.

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Day Four

As soon as you arrive in Mifflinburg, you can begin discovering this very delightful historic town, which was settled in the late 1700s by German immigrants. Take the historic walking tour of Mifflinburg, which ends at the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum. In 1855, Mifflinburg had 800 residents and 13 buggy and horse-drawn coach makers. In the 1880s, the craftsmen produced more horse-drawn vehicles per capita than anywhere else in the state, giving Mifflinburg the nickname “Buggy Town.”

In the afternoon discover some of the region’s wonderful handmade and homegrown products. At Penns Creek Pottery (pictured left), located in a restored water-powered mill, you can watch Bill and his assistants crafting fine quality stoneware and porcelain pottery before wood-firing it on the spot. Visit Pompeii Street Soap Company where handcrafted natural products are made on site. If you love candles, then stop by Star Hollow Candle Company and browse their rustic, seaside, primitive, and shabby candles of all shapes and sizes.

Art and nature enthusiasts will enjoy the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Millersburg. Smith was a nationally known illustrator and avid naturalist who completed thousands of wildlife drawings for books, magazines and other publications. He created more than 120 cover paintings for the Pennsylvania Game News alone. The Gallery features a permanent collection of Smith’s work as well as that of other contemporary artists and photographers.

Download or request a free copy of our "Every Town A Treasure: Mifflinburg" brochure.

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