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Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Pennsylvania

110 Federal Park Road
Gallitzin, PA 16641
Phone: (814) 886-6150
Description: The first railroad to circumvent the Allegheny Mountains, the Allegheny Portage Railroad was the finishing piece of the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal. "The Portage," opened in 1834, marking the first time that there was one, direct route between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. All things to all people, it served merchants, passengers, slaves in pursuit of freedom, and soldiers from the Mexican War.
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Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, Pennsylvania

143 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 965-2305
Description: The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, a 20’ statue of Ben Franklin, resides within the Franklin Institute. Sculpted by James Earle Fraser from 1906 to 1911, the statue of our former statesman, writer, and inventor weighs an impressive 30 tons and is seated on a 92-ton pedestal of white Seravezza marble. Dedicated in 1938 and designated a national memorial in 1972, it serves as the focal point of the Memorial Hall,
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Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Pennsylvania

2750 Hugh Moore Park Road
Easton, PA 18042
Phone: (610) 923-3548
Description: Come journey through five Pennsylvania counties bursting with heritage and brimming with outdoor adventure. Follow the D&L Trail, a historic pathway marked with stories about hearty lumberjacks, coal miners, lock tenders, and railroaders. Explore the history of the Corridor at the National Canal Museum or along quiet canal paths, challenging bike trails and the rippling waters of the river.
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Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Pennsylvania

c/o Independence National Historical Park
143 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 965-2305
Description: Described as horrifying, mystifying, and brilliant, Poe’s writing has engaged readers all over the globe. The six years Edgar Allan Poe lived in Philadelphia were his happiest and most productive. Yet Poe also struggled with bad luck, personal demons and his wife’s illness. In Poe’s humble home, reflect on the human spirit surmounting crushing obstacles, and celebrate Poe’s astonishing creativity.
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Eisenhower National Historic Site, Pennsylvania

1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 338-9114
Description: Eisenhower National Historic Site is the home and farm of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. With its peaceful setting and view of South Mountain, it was a much needed respite from Washington and a backdrop for efforts to reduce Cold War tensions.
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Flight 93 National Memorial, Pennsylvania

6424 Lincoln Highway
Shanksville, PA 65738
Phone: (814) 893-6322
Description: On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground. Nearly 3,000 people tragically lost their lives. Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted.
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Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Pennsylvania

c/o Fort Necessity NB
1 Washington Parkway
Farmington, PA 15437
Phone: (724) 329-2501
Description: Albert Gallatin is best remembered for his thirteen year tenure as Secretary of the Treasury during the Jefferson and Madison administrations. In that time he reduced the national debt, purchased the Louisiana Territory and funded the Lewis & Clark exploration. Gallatin's accomplishments and contributions are highlighted at Friendship Hill, his restored country estate.
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Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania

1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 334-1124
Description: The Gettysburg National Military Park protects and interprets the landscape of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. Located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the park is managed by the National Park Service. The properties include most of the Gettysburg Battlefield, many of the battle's support areas during the battle, and several other non-battle areas associated with the battle's aftermath and commemoration, including the Gettysburg National Cemetery.
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Gloria Dei ('Old Swedes') Church National Historic Site, Pennsylvania

c/o Independence National Historical Park
143 S Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 389-1513
Description: Before Pennsylvania there was New Sweden. Discover this last historic link to a forgotten past. Visit the church's pastoral surroundings and its burial ground of patriots and ordinary citizens alike.
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Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Pennsylvania

2 Mark Bird Lane
Elverson, PA 19520
Phone: (610) 582-8773
Description: Hopewell Furnace showcases an early American industrial landscape from natural resource extraction to enlightened conservation. Operating from 1771-1883, Hopewell and other "iron plantations" laid the foundation for the transformation of the United States into an industrial giant.
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Independence National Historical Park, Pennsylvania

143 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 965-2305
Description: Independence National Historical Park is a United States National Park in Philadelphia that preserves several sites associated with the American Revolution and the nation's founding history.
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Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Pennsylvania

733 Lake Road
South Fork, PA 15956
Phone: (814) 886-6170
Description: The South Fork dam failed on Friday, May 31, 1889 and unleashed 20,000,000 tons of water that devastated Johnstown, PA. The flood killed 2,209 people but it brought the nation and the world together to aid the "Johnstown sufferers." The story of the Johnstown Flood reminds us all, "...that we must leave nothing undone for the preservation and protection of our brother men."
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Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia

Extending from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, through Maryland and West Virginia, and ending at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Virginia,
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 338-9114
Description: The Journey is a unique historic, natural and scenic region, with farms and orchards; woodlands and forests; rivers and streams; rolling hills and mountain views; and unspoiled landscapes that can be explored by car, bike, canoe, foot or on horseback. The region is alive with vibrant historic downtowns, rich agriculture and an abundant bounty of wineries, inns and unique cultural events.
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Lackawanna Valley National Heritage Area, Pennsylvania

Scranton, PA 18501
Phone: n/a
Description: The Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area is located in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Based in Scranton, the heritage area encompasses the watershed of the Lackawanna River in Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Luzerne counties.
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Middle Delaware River, New Jersey to Pennsylvania

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Bushkill, PA 18324
Phone: (570) 426-2451
Description: Established for its natural beauty and recreational value, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area also contains within its boundaries a diverse variety of historic places. The park encompasses American Indian archeological sites, European colonial structures, and the remains of rural villages from the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area can enjoy exploring these culturally diverse destinations, many of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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Oil Region National Heritage Area, Pennsylvania

217 Elm Street
Oil City, PA 16301
Phone: (814) 677-3152
Description: Oil Region National Heritage Area in northwestern Pennsylvania tells of the world’s first successful commercial oil well and a legacy of petroleum that continues to shape industry, society, and politics. The Oil Region includes oil artifacts, scenic communities, farmlands and woodlands, and industrial landscapes, and offers visitors heritage attractions and four seasons of outdoor recreation.
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Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, Pennsylvania

623 E. Eighth Avenue
Homestead, PA 15120
Phone: (412) 464-4020
Description: Situated in southwestern Pennsylvania, the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area reveals how one region, in a sustained and thunderous blast of innovation, ambition and fire, forever changed America and its place in the world. It is the story of the industrialists and the workers who pushed an infant industry to it ultimate limits and in doing so pushed the world into the Age of Steel.
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Steamtown National Historic Site, Pennsylvania

150 South Washington Ave
Scranton, PA 18503
Phone: (570) 340-5200
Description: You'd feel heat from the firebox, smell hot steam and oil; you'd hear the whistle, feel the ground vibrate, and watch as one-ton drive rods turned steel wheels. Remember the sound of "chuff-chuff" from the smokestack?
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Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania

1400 North Outer Line Drive
King of Prussia, MO 65738
Phone: (610) 783-1000
Description: Valley Forge was the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army. The 3,500-acres of monuments, meadows, and woodlands commemorate the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation. The park honors and celebrates the ability of citizens to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times.
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