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History & Heritage

History & Heritage

History & Heritage

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A Day of History, Heritage and Memories in the backwoods. backroads. backwaters.  

The backwoods. backroads. backwaters. are rich in history and have deep roots in Pennsylvania heritage. From the Native Americans using the terrain for adequate housing to the melting pot we have become today. Clearfield County would like to share a piece of its past that is sure to lead you right to its present. 

Day 1 -This itinerary will have you starting in the northern part of the county and working your way around the history and heritage sites.The itineraries are meant to give you 6 to 8 hours of activity each day excluding driving time.  

  • Stop #1 - DuBois Harley Davison, 101 West DuBois Avenue, DuBois, PA  15801, 814-371-5750. This old brick building was the home of several different industries and is now a one of a kind biker's one stop shop. As you walk down main street the murals will guide you through a different time. You can feed the parking meters for charity, shop for a souvenir or just take a squat on a park bench and enjoy a place like no other. ( 1.5) 

  • A nearby stop would be the RumbargerCemetery (Cemetery Road, DuBois, PA  15801). Seven Civil War veterans from the Army of the Republic of Clearfield County are buried near the stone marker. 

  • The DuBois Historical Society (30 W Long Ave DuBois, PA 15801,814-371-9006) located on Long Avenue, DuBois, is known for its wonderful  genealogy department and veterans room. If you are visiting on a Tuesday or Wednesday from 10am to 4pm. 

  • There are several markers from the Heritage Marker Tour located in this area be sure to plan your trip around the ones you'd like to see. 

  • Stop #2 - Winkler Gallery of Fine Art , 36 North Brady Street, DuBois, PA  15801, 814-375-5834- The arts are a huge part of every culture and the Winkler Gallery of Fine Art is a great example of  the collision of past and present. Located in downtown DuBois, this gallery has sixteen artists representing the different facets of our culture. This studio also is home to the oldest working carousel in the world and a fine collection of carousel figures. (1.5) 

  • There are several markers from the Heritage Marker Tour located in this area be sure to plan your trip around the ones you'd like to see. 

  • Stop #3 - S.B. Elliott State Park, Penfield, PA, PA 15849, 814-765-0630- In 1933 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established Camp Number S-116 on land along the edge of what was once a tree nursery and built the cabins, pavilions, roads, trails and many of the other buildings that exist today. Take the virtual tour of the camp in its heyday and begin your journey of the importance of Lumber Heritage to our region. (2) 

  • Visit lumberheritage.org for more information about the lumber heritage in our region. 

  • Stop #4 - Karthaus Furnace, GPS coordinates N41º 07.254' W78º 06.762' - The Karthaus Furnace was the counties only stone blast furnace and has the distinction of failing twice, first as a charcoal furnace and second as a coke-fueled furnace.  After a long shutdown the furnace was reactivated in 1837. The iron was taken down the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and obstructions in the river and long distances from market were difficulties which made iron production unprofitable. (1) 

  • In downtown Clearfield you can visit the Clearfield County Historical Society (104 E Pine St., Clearfield, PA 16830, 814-765-6125). It is the home to a wonderful collection of items that chronicle the settlement and development of the County. It is open Thursdays and Sundays from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm from May to October.  

  • Stop #5 - Grice Museum, 4th & Pine Streets, Clearfield PA 16830, 814-768-7332 - This museum offers over seventy antique and classic cars from the early 1900's to today's specialty cars. It also features the late William J. Evans' display of African game mounts appraised at $250,000. It is open Memorial Day Weekend thru September 30, Monday thru Saturday: 10:00am till 4:00pm, Sunday: Noon till 4:00pm, October:  Saturdays and Sundays ONLY: Noon till 4pm or larger groups may call and make appointments to visit. (2) 

  • Downtown Clearfield is full of history, heritage and memories. Take the downtown walking tour and carouse the streets as you capture records of the past, present and future. A walking tour brochure is available at the Clearfield Chamber, the Visit Clearfield County office or can be downloaded at visitclearfieldcounty.org.  

  • The Clearfield County Fairground (5616 Park Street, Clearfield, PA 16830, 814-765-4629) is located just outside of town. Although the fairgrounds turn into a small city the first week of August during the County Fair, this historic location is a great place to observe the heritage of our area.  

  • There are several markers from the Heritage Marker Tour located in this area be sure to plan your trip around the ones you'd like to see. 

Day 2 - Although the southern part of the county is less populated, the history of the area speaks for itself. From the Civil War to the coal boom there is plenty of history in this vast terrain. You can follow the West Branch Susquehanna River as you travel through the mountains and valleys of southern Clearfield County. 

  • Stop #1 - Downtown Curwensville - There are more Pennsylvania Bucktail Soldiers buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery than there are in Gettysburg. As you enter town you will see the Dough Boy Soldier statue. This small park is a great place to start your tour through the past of this old town.

  • The Korb House museum (836 State Street, Curwensville, PA  16833, 814-236-0623) is also located downtown Curwensville. The museum is open May thru October from 1pm - 4 pm.  

  • There are a few quaint shops in downtown Curwensville that offer antiques, rustic items and are located in historical buildings. 

  • There are several markers from the Heritage Marker Tour located in this area be sure to plan your trip around the ones you'd like to see. 

  • Stop #2 - Bloody Knox Cabin, 6246 Curwensville-Tyrone Hwy.  Olanta, PA 16863, 814-765-6125 - This cabin represents the bloodiest battle in our region during the Civil War. Eighteen men were arreste at the log cabin in Kellytown, and within a month 150 more were incarcerated.  Only New York City had more civil violence than Clearfield County during the war, which ended four months later.  (1) 

  • There are several markers from the Heritage Marker Tour located in this area be sure to plan your trip around the ones you'd like to see. 

  • Stop #3 - McGees Mills Covered Bridge, Route 219  Mahaffey, PA 15757, 814-849-5197 - The only covered bridge in Pennsylvania crossing the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Built in 1875, this Burr Arch Truss Bridge covers a 107-foot span with an original cost of $175. After a century of use, Clearfield County's only covered bridge was renovated in 1978 and again in the mid-1990s following damage by a heavy snowfall. (1) 

  • The Ultimate Alpaca Farm (886 Nebo Road, Mahaffey, PA 15757, 814-277-4580) is located in Burnside and is a great place to get up close and personal with an alpaca.  

  • There are several markers from the Heritage Marker Tour located in this area be sure to plan your trip around the ones you'd like to see. 

  • Stop #4 - Coalport Coal Museum, 961 Forest St.  Coalport, PA 16627, 814-672-4378- Set in an old school house, currently shared with a preschool and a library is the home of the coal museum. This museum displays more than 350 artifacts in 18 display cases featuring the original tools, equipment and replicas of Pennsylvania's hand-loading, coal-mining heritage. Reference room contains a working research library full of texts on coal mining. Library also contains a wealth of "Glendale Valley" family genealogies, including a section containing 4300 local obituary and cemetery records. (1.5) 

  • Downtown Coalport is very historic and harbors old buildings that served the miners and their families during the coal boom Find the walking tour brochure at http://visitclearfieldcounty.org/fileadmin/Clearfield_County/Pdfs/COALPORT.pdf 

  •  There are several markers from the Heritage Marker Tour located in this area be sure to plan your trip around the ones you'd like to see. 

  • Stop #5 - Osceola Mills - World War II brought a great sacrifice to the Osceola Mills area, as thirty-four men and one woman gave their lives.  This is considered the highest percentage of any community in the nation.  Memorials in the town park proudly display the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The town also suffered the largest fire in Clearfield County history in 1875. (1.5) 

  • There are several markers from the Heritage Marker Tour located in this area be sure to plan your trip around the ones you'd like to see. 

  • Stop #6 - Super 322 Drive-In, 1682 Woodland Bigler Highway, Woodland, PA 16836- The Super 322 Drive-in Theatre was opened on May 26, 1950.  Built by the Theodore GranceOutdoor Theatre Co., ownership changed hands a few times until being bought in the 1970s by Royer and Favuzza from the Bellefonte area. The removal of external speakers increased capacity to about 650 cars. In the 1980s, FM stereo sound capabilities were added.The Drive-In opens in April and closes in September. (1) 

  • There are several markers from the Heritage Marker Tour located in this area be sure to plan your trip around the ones you'd like to see. 

If you are bringing a group of 10 or more contact our office and let us organize a fully guided tour. This itinerary could fill as much as 4 days when you add driving time, meals and the add-on features. Be sure to stay at one of our partnering properties while you visit Clearfield County. 

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