Historic Places


There are many places of historic interest in Pennsylvania State Parks. Some places were vital to the birth of the United States, some reflect the industrial power of Pennsylvania, and others locations highlight unique people or places. Use the map to see where historic places are. The tabs below sort historic places into categories. Historic Places have substantial historic features and usually exhibits or museums. The list of places on the Register of Historic Places may have no interpretation or be difficult to visit. Therefore, the state parks on the list of Historic Places may be a duplication of the other lists, but shows the places that offer the best experience to visitors. Navigate with the map or view the chart below.

Click on a region in the map or zoom in on the map using the zoom tool on the left. Clicking on a park in the map will reveal an information box with a listing of amenities in the park, and a link to the park in the listing far below.




North


Kinzua Bridge State Park

Kinzua Viaduct

- The Kinzua Viaduct is a National Engineering Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.  When this viaduct was built in 1881, it was the world's highest and longest railroad bridge at 301 feet tall and 2053 feet long. A tornado knocked down the middleof the bridge. Explore Kinzua Bridge for more information.


In this black-and-white photo, people explore the iron viaduct at Kinzua Bridge State Park, Pennsylvania.
Parker Dam State Park

CCC Museum and Buildings

- Steeped in CCC-era buildings, Parker Dam has three sites on the National Register of Historic Places and a CCC Interpretive Center that interprets the Civilian Conservation Corps.  Logging history is explored in the visitor center. Explore Parker Dam for more information.


This log cabin was built by the CCC at Parker Dam State Park, Pwnnsylvania.

 

 

South


Buchanan's Birthplace State Park

President's Birthplace, Monument

- Dedicated in honor of the 15th president of the United States, this narrow, peaceful hollow is the site of James Buchanan's birthplace. A stone pyramid monument surrounded by majestic conifers stands on the site of the original cabin where he was born. Explore Buchanan's Birthplace for more information.


This pyramid memorializes the President James Buchanan at Buchanan's Birthplace State Park, Pennsylvania.
Caledonia State Park

Iron Furnace, Civil War

- Once the site of an iron furnace owned by Thaddeus Stevens, the park has a reproduction of the furnace, charcoal hearths, was burned during the Battle of Gettysburg and was a camping location used by the Union forces. Explore Canoe Creek for more information.


A stone furnace and exhibits are at Caledonia State Park, Pennsylvania.
Canoe Creek State Park

Quicklime Kilns

- The Blair Limestone Company Kiln remnants are the focus of historical and interpretive programs and displays. These large, gray furnaces were used to create quicklime form limestone. The Blair Limestone Company was a subsidiary of Jones and Laughlin Steel Company of Pittsburgh, Pa. Explore Canoe Creek for more information.


These large, square furnaces are lime kilns at Canoe Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.
Greenwood Furnace State Park

Charcoal Iron-making Village

- Walking through historic Greenwood Furnace creates images of the community that flourished here from 1834 to 1904. Greenwood Furnace was a busy industrial complex, with all the noise and dirt of a 19th century ironmaking community. The Greenwood Furnace National Historic District features many buildings from the town and a costumed interpretor. Explore Greenwood Furnace for more information.


This large, stone furnace can be visited at Greenwood Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania.
Little Buffalo State Park

Grist Mill, Farmhouse, Train Car, Covered Bridge

- The Little Buffalo Historic District has a covered bridge, a restored, operating grist mill, an old farm house built on the site of a colonial tavern, and a narrow guage railroad trace which features one of the original railroad cars. Explore Little Buffalo for more information.


A red covered bridge crosses a stream at Little Buffalo State Park, Pennsylvania.
Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Charcoal Iron-making Village

- This park was once the site of the Pine Grove Furnace Iron Works that dates from 1764. Historical buildings include the ironmaster's mansion, a gristmill, an inn and several residences. The self-guiding historical trail leads you through the remains of the iron works. The Appalachian Trail passes through the park. Explore Pine Grove Furnace for more information.


Visitors explore the giant, stone furnace at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania.
Trough Creek State Park

Charcoal Iron-making, CCC

- A wayside ehibit interpets the ruins of a charcoal iron furnace. Several buildings from the Civilian Conservation Corps camp are by the furnace ruins. Explore Trough Creek for more information.


A wayside exhibit interprets the furnace ruins at Trough Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.

 

East


Delaware Canal State Park

Delaware Canal

- The 60-mile Delaware Canal is the only remaining continuously intact canal of the great towpath canal building era of the early and mid-19th century. The canal remains today with almost all of its features as they existed during its century of commercial operation. The canal is a National Historic Landmark. Explore Delaware Canal for more information.


A wooden viaduct (bridge) crosses a creek at Delaware Canal State Park, Pennsylvania.
French Creek State Park/ Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

CCC Buildings

- Many French Creek facilities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, including two sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Adjacent to the park lies Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site that features a cold-blast furnace restored to its 1830s appearance. National Park Service costumed interpreters lead tours and demonstrations. Explore French Creek for more information.


This wooden building was built in the 1930s at French Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center

Henry Gun Making Site

- The history of Jacobsburg focuses on the Henry family and their small arms industry; an industry that played a key role in the American Industrial Revolution. Henry Rifles were the favored weapon of early exploreers of the American West. The Jacobsburg Historic District is in and adjacent to the park and has a Hernry Rifle Museum. Explore Jacobsburg for more information.


Snow falls on the historic Henry Forge at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, Pennsylvania.
Lehigh Gorge State Park

Upper Grand Section of the Lehigh Canal

- Between 1835 and 1838, a series of 20 dams and 29 locks were built to allow boat commerce between White Haven in the north and Jim Thorpe in the south. Remains of the Upper Grand Section of the Lehigh Canal can be seen. Waysides interpret the history of the area. Explore Lehigh Gorge for more information.


This stone wall surrounded by forest was once a huge tannery at Lehigh Gorge State Park, Pennsylvania.
Promised Land State Park

CCC Museum and Buildings

- Within the park you can still see the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps done in the 1930s. A seasonal musuem explores CCC contributions and area wildlife. CCC-era buildings and ruins are scattered throughout the park. The CCC-era Bear Wallows Cabin Area is on the National Register of Historic Places. Explore Promised Land for more information.


This exhibit welcomes visitors to the CCC Museum at Promised Land State Park, Pennsylvania.
Ridley Creek State Park

Mansion, 1700s Buildings

- Portions of Ridley Creek State Park are on the National Register of Historic Places. Part of the park is leased to the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation. Operated under the direction of Bishop's Mill Historical Institute, the plantation provides visitors with an accurate picture of life on a Delaware County farm prior to the American Revolution. Explore Ridley Creek for more information.


Ths stone mansion is the Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.
Washington Crossing Historic Park

American Revolution Site, 1700s Buildings

- Place where George Washington launched his daring raids into New Jersey. Numerous period buildings date from the 1700s. The Thompson-Neely House is on the National Register of Historic Places. Continental soldiers who died during the encampment were buried in the Soldier’s Graves. Explore Washington Crossing for more information.


A cannon is near a historic building at Washington Crossing Historic Park, Pennsylvania. 250.jpg
White Clay Creek Preserve

1700s Buildings, Arc Corner, Tri-state Marker

- Built in 1729, the London Tract Baptist Meetinghouse is a classic example of a double door Pennsylvania stone farmhouse. The surrounding cemetary has 1700s gravestones and unique gravestones. Two further points of interest are the tri-state Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Arc Corner monuments marking historical points along the Mason-Dixon Line. Explore White Clay Creek for more information.


This old stone is the Landis House at White Clay Creek Preserve, Pennsylvania.

 

West


McConnells Mill State Park

Old Mill

- A restored gristmill grinds corn and other grains.  There are frequent tours and presentations in the summer season. A covered bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Explore McConnells Mill for more information.


An old mill stone looks like a giant donut at McConnells Mill State Park, Pennsylvania.
Oil Creek State Park

Historic Oil Sites

- The site of the world's first commercial oil well, Oil Creek State Park tells the story of the early petroleum industry by interpreting oil boom towns, oil wells and early transportation. Explore Oil Creek for more information.


Reproductions of oil derricks top a hillside at Oil Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.
Point State Park

Historic Fort Sites

- The Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet at Point State Park to form the Ohio River. During the mid-1700s, the armies of France and Britain were attracted to this area, each vying for control of the Ohio Valley. Explore Point for more inormation on the history and interpretive displays and a museum.


The historic blockhouse is surrounded by a fence and is near a flag and fountain at Point State Park, Pennsylvania.
Presque Isle State Park

War of 1812

- During the War of 1812, Little Bay was the temporary home of the fleet of ships commanded by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Six of his eleven vessels were built in Erie at the mouth of Cascade Creek. There is a monument to Perry, a historic lighthouse and a National Register of Historic places pier light. Explore Presque Isle for more information.


Perry's battle flag is blue with white words: "Dont give up the ship."