From the Civil War to the National Guard, Pennsylvania is full of military history. This road trip will take you through charming small towns and the state capital to museums with unique and educational exhibits that allow visitors to experience iconic events that changed the course of American history.
Begin your trip in historic Gettysburg, Pa. With a film and cyclorama, battlefield tours, and a museum, the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center offers several activities for any Civil War buff eager to learn more about the Battle of Gettysburg. Visitors can enjoy A New Birth of Freedom, a short film narrated by Morgan Freeman and sponsored by The History Channel®, followed by a visit to the cyclorama to view the incredible painting depicting Pickett’s... Read More >
In 1776, Reverend Alexander Dobbin built the Dobbin House in the hopes of providing his family a new life in America. Today, this historic building, which even has a secret Underground Railroad slave hideout, is used as a restaurant, where guests can enjoy several different dining experiences. For a fine dining experience with delectable options such as New York Colony Strip Steak and Lamb Chops, choose the Alexander Dobbin dining rooms and enjoy a meal in the library, parlor or bedroom. For a more casual dining experience with delicious meals such as Dobbin’s hot beef sandwich and Baked King’s onion soup, step downstairs and enjoy the dim lighting and period atmosphere of the Springhouse Tavern.Read More >
Serving the hungry appetites of Gettysburg residents for almost 20 years, the Pub and Restaurant is an excellent place for lunch or dinner. With high-backed booths and murals on the walls, this restaurant provides an enjoyable dining experience for those coming to feast on the Pub’s delicious steaks, sandwiches and pastas.Read More >
Built around 1820, this gorgeous building was used for multiple purposes before it became the Inn at Lincoln Square. It began as the home of prominent Gettysburg citizen Joel Danner, who passed ownership of the home between his seven children. Per the request of the youngest Danner, Irene, the house became the center of Gettysburg’s first YWCA, where it remained until 1989. Now tourists can stay at the previous Danner House, now the Inn at Lincoln Square, and experience the beauty and history of Gettysburg from the center. Guests can stay in one of three suites or one of two townhouses.Read More >
Continue your journey by visiting the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pa. USAHEC is an organization dedicated to educating visitors about the history of the U.S. Army, as well as honoring soldiers past and present. In fact, those exploring the center can learn about the Army through a variety of unique exhibits. The Army Heritage Trail is USAHEC’s outdoor museum, which is one mile of various exhibits and large artifacts covering almost every era of Army... Read More >
At the State Museum of Pennsylvania, explore “Objects of Valor: Commemorating the Civil War in Pennsylvania.” This exhibit features Peter F. Rothermel’s 1870 painting, “Battle of Gettysburg: Pickett’s Charge.” In addition, visitors can view various artifacts that reflect Pennsylvania’s involvement in the Civil War.Read More >
Founded in 1860, Broad Street Market was the “chow site” for Union troops arriving at Camp Curtin, the largest federal training camp in the Civil War. The market carries the distinction of being the oldest continuously operated market house in the United States and continues to thrive with rich culture and fresh, delicious food offerings.Read More >
In 1794, President George Washington ordered several states to provide militiamen to put down the “Whiskey Rebellion,” a violent resistance to a 25 percent tax on whiskey in western Pennsylvania. President Washington took command of the militia himself, which met in Pennsylvania at the Carlisle Barracks. The city of Carlisle will now honor this significant part of its history with a new restaurant – 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion. This restaurant will offer a simple menu with dishes such as Whiskey Shepherd’s Pie and Classic Colonial Chicken Pot Pie, served in period cookware. This new restaurant will also offer various whiskies, bourbons, martinis, and cocktails.Read More >
The City House Bed and Breakfast’s stained glass, hardwood floors, fireplaces, and arched entryways help maintain its original 1920s appeal. Nestled alongside the Susquehanna River, this charming inn offers a homely experience for guests while they experience the excitement of Pennsylvania’s state capital.Read More >
Complete your journey at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, Pa., the birthplace of Memorial Day. Situated on the PA National Guard’s 28th Infantry Division Shrine, this museum details the stories of Pennsylvania citizens who served in the armed forces. Visitors first will see the Wall of Honor, a large display of the various military service ribbons that have been awarded to Pennsylvania veterans throughout the last century. Through different exhibits and events such as “World... Read More >
Established in 1819, Duffy’s Tavern has been a favorite among residents and visitors to the State College area. An original stagecoach stop, this gorgeous and historical building still has its original stonework, along with traditional wooden floors, deep-set windows and several fireplaces. Begin your dining experience with a cured salmon bruschetta or calamari. Move on to enjoy savory roasted prime rib or duck breast. This delicious restaurant has dishes for all to enjoy, including chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese for the kids!Read More >
American Military Edged Weaponry Museum
Less than an hour from Harrisburg, the American Military Edged Weaponry Museum in Intercourse, Pa., hosts one of the nation’s most complete collections of U.S. military knives and artifacts used by American servicemen. From swords and sabers to rockets and flareguns, this museum showcases a wide array of weapons used by soldiers during various wars including World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War.
Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum
Located at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville, Pa., the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in learning more. This museum, just a half hour outside of Harrisburg, is housed in a two-story barracks built in 1941. Due to the museum maintaining the authenticity of the barracks, visitors can see just how soldiers lived when housed there, view authentic weapons and uniforms, and even learn about food preparation during World War II.