Heritage Roadtrip

This road trip will take you along spectacular scenic roads rich in Clearfield County history. This educational journey starts in the southern part of Clearfield County on US 219; leads you north through local history and brings you back into Coal Country. You will be far enough out to experience   300 Million year- old Bilger's Rocks, yet  close enough to savor the Victorian heritage  of  DuBois, Clearfield and Curwensville.

While you're on the Roadtrip, make it a point to try and catch a glimpse of the stunning Pennyslvania Wilds Elk Herd and the stands of virgin birch in the Quehanna Wild Area. Curwensville Lake and its history beckons you stop and  enjoy a picnic lunch before you visit coal country. There are three wineries in the area be sure to allow time to stop and savor the moment- and the unique local wine flavors. 

Feel our rich heritage as you cruise the most scenic and serene parts of Clearfield County. Below are several fun and fascinating historic locations. How many can you find?

Come, See, Feel and Learn...

Horace Patchin House/Irvin-Patchin House.   US 219;  Main Street at Byers Road.   c.1860 1850-1899.  Fourteen-room house purchased by Horace Patchin in 1870, a lumberman who also operated a store and flour mill.  John Henry Patchin, a member of the General Assembly, lived here in the 1880's.  House has been gutted and modern features have been added to interior, including an indoor swimming pool.

Mahaffey Camp Meeting Buildings      US  219; 0.7 miles N of Mahaffey. c.1900.  Built near the turn of the 20th century for a Bible conference center.  Marker for A.W. Tozer on site. Approximately 0.25 miles down the road (on the same side) is an early railroad station believed to have served the southern branch of the New York Central Railroad.

Big Spring Historic Marker            PA 410; 0.5 mile SW of Luthersburg   Commemorates the War of 1812 camp site at the junction of two Native American trails:  the Great Shamokin and the path to Venango (now Franklin).  A spring is 60 yds SW of site.

DuBois      Henry Shaffer House  US 219; Corner of East Long Avenue and Stockdale St. c1870-73   Believed to be "oldest building in the community. House was built on the farm of Henry Shaffer between 1870-1873. George Shaffer was the first permanent inhabitant of what is DuBois, moving into the wilderness area in 1812. He arrived with his wife and three sons to settle on 320 acres of land. Much of George's original acreage was passed along to his grandson, Henry. He did not value the land, finding what would be central DuBois to be low and swampy and began to sell it off in one-acre parcels. The owners were left to determine their own roads resulting in the narrow streets in DuBois today.

George Rosenkrans Historic Marker     SR 255 at Methodist Church.   Commemorates life of George Rosenkrans, Noted band composer (1881-1955) lived most of his life in Penfield and was church organist here. Rosenkrans wrote piano and organ music and hymns, as well as over 200 band numbers. Among his marches are "Triumphant Battalions" and "Our Glorious Flag."

Clearfield County's First Jail  c1820-1841 was a log struscture, one of the oldest buildings in town. The jail is contained in the dwelling at 105 S. Second St. The second jail, 1841-1872, was a stone structure built on Market St., directly behind the courthouse. The county's first hanging occurred there. The third jail, a large, walled, stone prison, was built at the north end of Second Street, 1872-1983.

Mitchell House  Glen Richey Highway (SR 2023), 1.6 miles N of SR 2024    c.1840.   Home of prominent lumberman John Mitchell.  Signature stone over door reads "J.M. 1840.   Across the road, monument marks site of first post office in area run by Alexander Read in 1815.

Karthaus        Karthaus Furnace     SR 879 near mouth of Mosquito Creek.  C.1817-1839   Built by Peter A. Karthaus.  About 200 tons of pig iron a year were smelted here from                       1817-1822 and from 1837-1839.  County's only stone blast furnace. Near here stood the iron furnace erected 1817 by Peter Karthaus. Rebuilt 1836 by Peter Ritner and John Say, it became in 1839 one of the earliest to use coke in place of charcoal. Abandoned at the end of the same year.

Ames Airfield     Off I-80 at Kylertown Exit 133. 1924.   Built as an emergency landing field for Air Mail service, field was taken over by Centre Airways in 1929 and was named for a pilot who was killed near Bellefonte.

Arnold Norman Nawrocki  (b: February 21, 1925   d: June 30, 2003)While working for Clearfield Cheese Company on Meadow Street in Curwensville, PA, Arnold N. Nawrocki invented the first commercially successful process for individually wrapped cheese slices (1951-1956). Patent No. 2,759,308.  Clearfield Cheese Co. of Curwensville, PA produced the first commercially successful individually wrapped process cheese slices (IWS) in the world in the mid-1950s. When Mr. Nawrocki retired in 1985, he had 11 patents for processing and packaging cheese to his credit, most of them while working for Clearfield Cheese Co.

Osceola Mills          Osceola Kilns         SR 53, near mouth of Clearfield Creek.   Location of the now abandoned kilns of LaClede Company, which manufactured bricks.  (company went out of business in 1976).

Houtzdale          Hotel St. Cloud SR 53,  Intersection of Hannah and Good Streets. 1887. Built as an inn for lumbermen.

Glen Hope          Glen Hope Hotel  SR 53 and SR 729 c.late 1800's   3 story structure retains its original architecture and gazebo.

Westover         American Tannery       SR 36 along Chest Run c.Late 1800's   Built by William Mosser, who also established deer park on the property.  The Armour Leather  Company later owned the Mosser tannery before it became the American Tannery.

Take the Heritage Marker Tour

    Enjoying the Tour

    Old Jail
    Historic Coalport
    Ames Airfiled
    Mahaffey Camp