Admire historic architecture; take advantage of the outdoors or shop specialty stores. At the turn of the 19th Century, Ridgway was the home of the nationally renowned Hyde-Murphy Company, a premier architectural millwork firm that furnished woodwork for public buildings such as the Smithsonian Institute and the Pentagon. Their woodworking legacy abounds throughout Ridgway's "Lily of the Valley" Historic District, which includes over 700 homes, businesses and churches. Many of the historic homes are marked with plaques that indicate their building date, some from as early as 1855. There are an incredible variety of styles including Italianate, Queen Anne, American Foursquare, Dutch Colonial, French Second Empire, Eastlake and Arts and Crafts and Colonial, Roman, Tudor, Georgian, Neo-Classical, Romanesque and Gothic Revivals. Stop at the Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce for walking tour maps.