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Battle of Hanover Wayside Markers

Visit the place encountered by General Robert Lee which caused his failed victory at Gettysburg. The self-guided walking tour features eighteen waysides located along Frederick Street and Broadway. 146 Carlisle St., Hanover PA, 17331. Tel: 717-637-6130. Cost: Free/Fee.... More Info

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Cornwall Iron Furnace

94 Rexmont Road, Cornwall, PA 17016. 717-272-9711. Visit a 19th century charcoal fueled iron-making complex. Guided Tours. Fee.

Fort Hunter Mansion

5300 North Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110. 717-599-5751. This 40-acre historic site features 1700s and 1800s buildings, picnic pavilions, and playgrounds. Fee.

Fort Loudoun

N. Brooklyn Rd., Fort Loudoun, PA 17224. 717-369-3318. An authentic French and Indian frontier period fort located in rural Franklin County. Free.

Fort Roberdeau Historic Site

383 Fort Roberdeau Rd., Altoona, PA 16601. 814-946-0048. Features a reconstructed Revolutionary War stockade surrounding six log cabins, as well as an 1858 barn containing exhibits, an education center with hands-on programs, three nature trails and picnic facilities. Fee.

Historic Sugartown

690 Sugartown Road, Malvern, Pennsylvania 19355. 610-640-2667. Tour a rural crossroads village dating back to the late 18th century that represents a typical village that provided goods and services required by the surrounding farm community. Fee.

Hopewell Furnace

2 Mark Bird Ln., Elverson, PA 19520. 610-582-8773. Operating from 1771-1883, Hopewell and other "iron plantations" laid the foundation for the transformation of the United States into an industrial giant. The park's 848 acres and historic structures illustrate the business, technology, and lifestyle of a growing nation. Free.

Johnstown Historical Society / Flood National Memorial

733 Lake Rd., South Fork, PA 15956. 814-886-6140. The Memorial preserves the ruins caused by the 1889 flood and screens a National Park Service-produced film, nicknamed "Black Friday," that tries to recreate the events. A new program, for 3rd to 6th grades, emphasizes experiential learning where students and teachers can explore historic sites, and tells about different elements of the story of the flood. Fee.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village

01 Meadowcroft Rd., Avella, PA 15312. 724-587-3412. Discover the prehistoric world of hunter-gatherers who camped at Meadowcroft Rockshelter 16,000 years ago, explore the culture and lifestyle of the Eastern Woodland Indians, or experience the sights and sounds of daily life in a 19th century rural community. Fee.

Parry Mansion & New Hope Cultural Center

45 S. Main St., New Hope, PA 18938. 215-862-5652. Eleven rooms with furnishings that reflect 125 years of decorative changes. Free/Suggested Donation.

Walnutport Canal & Locktenders House

309 Lehigh St., Walnutport, PA 18088. 610-767-5817. A restored 1829 Locktender’s House with period furnishings of the early 19th century and adjacent canal locks, towpath, picnic areas, and canal for fishing. Free.

Washington Crossing Historic Park

Washington Crossing Historic Park, Box 103, Washington Crossing, PA 18977. 215-493-4076. Walk among the grounds where Washington’s troops waited by the Delaware River for the famous crossing. While touring, you can see replicas of the Durham boats used by Washington and his troops to cross the Delaware as well as many historic homes and shops which became temporary hospitals and havens for soldiers. Fee.