Saturday, December 26, 2015

National Lands: Pennsylvania (Part 1)

Visitors Center at Valley Forge
Visitors Center at Valley Forge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pennsylvania has many national lands that honor the rich historical significance of the area. The Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site is in Gallitzin. This site honors the engineering marvel that enabled canal boats to cross the mountains via the railroad. The area is just west of Altoona and Interstate 99. The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia provides information about the author and his career. Of special interest are the years he spent in that city. The closest interstates are Interstate 95 and Interstate 676. In Gettysburg is the Eisenhower National Historic Site. The President's home and farm are located near the Gettysburg Battlefield. Tours and displays are available. Gettysburg is west of Interstate 83 and just north of the Maryland border.

Friendship Hill National Historic Site in Point Marion was the country estate of Albert Gallatin, a former Secretary of State. The site honors the accomplishments of his career. The estate is located in the southeastern corner of the state near the West Virginia border. Interstate 79 is to the west. Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site, which is the state's oldest church, is in Philadelphia. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in Elverson is near Interstates 76 and 176. The site honors the industrialization of the nation. In Scranton is the Steamtown National Historic Site that celebrates trains and locomotives. Train rides are available.

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in Phil...
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia as seen from Spring Garden St. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Independence National Historic Park is located in Philadelphia. This is the place where visitors can see the Liberty Bell. Interstates 76, 95 and 676 surround the area. Valley Forge National Historical Park was the location of the encampment of the Continental Army for the winter. The park is to the northwest of Philadelphia near Interstate 76. The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor has a visitor center in Easton which is on the Delaware River. Many activities are available in this five-county region, so travelers would be wise to check the National Park Service website to find what interests them. Interstate 78 goes through the area.

The Oil Region National Heritage Area is located in the northwestern corner of the state. It is east of Interstate 79 and north of Interstate 80. The site looks at the impact of oil on the nation's history. In Homestead is the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area which celebrates the significance of steel production on the area. Homestead is south of Interstate 376 on the Monongahela River. Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area in Pottstown is located in the southeastern corner of the state. The area is northwest of Philadelphia. Water sports and trails are some of the activities along the 128 mile river area.

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