History and Heritage

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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 our "Every Town a Treasure" brochures.

Antique machinery, displays and demonstrations, crafts, food, etc. Also, antique tractor pulls and kids pedal pull. See us on facebook!

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Step back in time and revisit the region's farming heritage. Enjoy antique tractors, hit & miss engines, tractor pulls and parades, vendors, great food, and fellowship! Stop by for free kids' crafts and activities, barrel train and hay wagon rides, and free nightly entertainment! Camping is also available.

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Dale-Engle-Walker House is a 1793 Georgian limestone house built by Samuel Dale, a Scot-Irish immigrant who served under George Washington at the Battle of Princeton in the American Revolution. This is reminiscent of the times and has ties to slavery and the Underground Railroad. The house offers three stations to experience while visiting the property.

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Fort Augusta 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 an extensive historical and genealogical library. Two fort features, the well and the powder magazine, remain on the grounds. Explore the collections March-December, MWF 1-4 PM; the first Wednesday of the month from 1-8 PM; Sundays, September-December 13, 2-4 PM; or group tours by appointment.

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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.

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Built in 1803, Gutelius House was the home of Frederick and Anna Gutelius and their 15 children. Frederick was a blacksmith, surveyor, Union County commissioner, Justice of the Peace, and a founder of the Reformed Church. The house is owned by Preservation Mifflinburg which also oversees the 200-year-old Market Street Little Log House.

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The Thomas T. Taber Museum chronicles the history of the region from American Indian occupation through 20th Century industry and life.

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Antique farm show, tractors, engines, equipment, food, entertainment, flea market.

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The Mifflinburg Buggy Museum preserves the only intact 19th century carriage factory in the United States. The complex includes a buggy maker's home, buggy showroom, and modern visitor center. The visitor center has permanent and changing exhibits, hands-on workbench and videos.

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Through community partnerships, MHS cultivates a broad appreciation of the past and fosters learning through engaging and unique experiences. The local community is celebrated through history, the arts, educational programs, art shows and quilt exhibits, workshops, and local history tours. MHS also maintains Muncy's Walking and Heritage Quilt Trail and the Heritage Park and Nature Trail that features portions of the once-vital West Branch Canal, including the site of the "Last Raft" tragedy.

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Located near the Susquehanna River's confluence, the Northumberland County Historical Society's headquarters are the at the site of Fort Augusta, which served as Pennsylvania's stronghold in the upper Susquehanna River Valley from the days of the French and Indian War to the close of the American Revolution. The Society operates the Fort Augusta Museum which features artifacts recovered during various archaeological digs on the site and an extensive historical and genealogical library.

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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

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Nestled in Williamsport's Historic Millionaire's Row of elaborate Victorian mansions, the Peter Herdic Transportation Museum is a cornerstone for education and tourism.

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Tour a real anthracite coal mine 1,800 feet into the Mahanoy Mountain. Also take a scenic ride on an old-fashioned steam locomotive. Both tours are guided. Gift shop, lunch bar, picnic & playground area. Open April-October.

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Preserving the past for the future, the UCHS is located in the historic Union County Court House and offers historical and genealogical research with access to Ancestry World, Fold3 and Newspapers.com. The Society sells various publications dealing with the many different aspects of Union County, and provides information and vintage farm tools from the Dale-Engle-Walker House, one of the oldest farmsteads in Union County.

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Authentic, colonial craft demonstrations, period costumes, hearth cooking, military reenactments.

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