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Centre Furnace Mansion Historic Site
1001 East College Avenue
State College, PA 16801
(814) 234-4779

Established in 1791, the Centre Furnace Mansion is the former home of Moses Thompson, who along with James Irvin, gifted 200 acres of land to establish “Farmers High School,” now known as Penn State University. Today, the mansion serves as the headquarters for the Centre County Historical Society and is restored and interpreted to represent the period when Thompson and his family resided in the home, from 1842-1891.
House Tours: Wed, Fri & Sun, 1pm-4pm or by appointment.
Gardens & Grounds: Open daily any time.
$4 per person donation is suggested.

 

The 28th Infantry Division Shrine
Access from the parking area for the Pennsylvania Military Museum
Located off  Boal Avenue (U.S. 322), just north of Boalsburg Pike, sits a shrine paying homage to the 28th Infantry Division. The shrine, along with other historical markers, sits upon  67 acres once used in 1916 by the Boal Troop, a locally raised military unit that served in WWI as Company A, 107th Machine Gun Battalion in the 28th Division. The shrine was formally dedicated in 1940, and the “Memory Wall” was completed after WWII. On the third Sunday of May, the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 28th Infantry Division meets at the shrine to pay tribute to their own, a tradition that started in 1919. This event, titled “A Celebration of Service: Honoring Pennsylvania Veterans,” is open to the public.

 

Pennsylvania Military Museum
51 Boal Avenue
Boalsburg, PA 16827
(814) 466-6263

Sitting on 67 acres of former military ground, which includes a military parade grounds, landing zone, and recreation/picnic area, the Pennsylvania Military Museum honors the state’s military history from 1747 to the present. Through displays and interactive exhibits, the museum tells the story of the Commonwealth’s “Citizen Soldiers,” civilian activities on the home front, and the contributions of Pennsylvania industry to military technology.
See website for updated seasonal hours
Adults 12 to 64: $6; 65+: $5.50; Ages 3-11: $4; Children under 3: Free; Uniformed Military Personnel: Free.

 

Penn’s Cave
222 Penn’s Cave Road
Centre Hall, PA 16828
(814) 364-1664

America’s only all-water cavern is nestled less than 20 miles from State College. The limestone cavern is a natural landmark rich in geological history. The outer portion of the cavern is surrounded by 1,500 acres of forests and fields, a preserved natural habitat for birds and animals. Take a one-hour tour of the water cavern by boat, or a 90-minute tour of the wildlife preserve by motor vehicle.
*The entrance to the cave is not handicap accessible.
Entrance fees apply, see website for details. Children 1 and under are free. Open daily; open times and tour times vary according to season, see website for details.