There are so many History Adventures in Blair County! The area has a rich railroad history and is home to numerous historical sites. You can watch the trains travel by at the Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark, visit a number of railroad themed museums and sites, witness a Revolutionary War re-enactment at Fort Roberdeau Historic Site, or take a tour through one of our Historical Mansions. Altoona is also the home of The Wall That Heals. All offer a front row seat to the rich past of the area. Click on the EXPLORE+ tab below to plan your History Adventure!
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
110 Federal Park Road, Gallitzin, PA 16641
Visitor center, exhibits, , trail, film, historic railroad remains, Lemon House & Staple Bend Tunnel. Site open yearround. Administered by the National Park Service.
Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum
1300 9th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602
America's only interactive Railroaders Museum: film, museum, gift shop, lobby show. Test your knowledge of the PRR. You don't have to be a rail fan to love this museum!
3419 Oak Lane (Off of Logan Blvd.), Altoona, PA 16603
1849 Greek Revival Mansion. Originally home to Ironmaster Elias Baker & his family, Now home of the Blair County Historical Society. Period rooms & Historical Exhibits. Call to verify tour hours & special events.
Canal Basin Park
101 Canal Street, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
This Historical PA Canal Basin Park features a custom designed play structure replicating a Sectional Canal Boat & a Visitors Center located in a restored house from the Victorian period known as the Reiser House. Park hours dawn to dusk. Admission is free.
Route 867 & Dick Schoolhouse Road, Roaring Spring, PA 16673
Built in about 1832, the building was used for education, then as a church and also a private dwelling. It stood on the farm of Daniel Dick, and thus acquired his family name. Owned by the Blair County Historical Society. The building is visible from the road. Not open for tours.
Fort Roberdeau Historic Site
383 Fort Roberdeau Road, Sinking Valley-Altoona , PA 16601
Reconstructed 1778 Fort in 230-acre Blair County Park. Tours, exhibits, nature trails, picnic area, gift shop & innovative educational programs. Located off I-99 at the Bellwood Exit. Open May-October, Tues.- Sat. 11am-5pm, Sun. & Mon. 1pm-5pm.
Gallitzin Tunnels Park & Museum
411 Convent Street, Degol Plaza, Gallitzin, PA 16641
Experience the thrill of monster engines emerging from the Allegheny Tunnel on Norfolk Southern's mainline. Visit a 1942 PRR Caboose. Enjoy exhibits & videos in the museum. Open Noon - 4pm. Closed November-April. Free Admission.
Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark
Kittanning Point Road and Glenwhite Road, Altoona, PA 16601
One of the World's most incredible engineering feats. Ride the funicular or walk 194 beautiful landscaped steps to the tracks to view the trains. On-site Visitors Center has interpretive displays & a gift shop filled with souvenirs.
Main Line Canal Greenway Geotrail
Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway, PA
Explore the foundations of our heritage while undertaking a Greenway adventure through geocaching - a worldwide hide & seek quest for treasure using GPS technology.
A 1906 Beaux-Arts Theatre listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mishler is the performance venue for regional arts organizations, including Allegheny Ballet Company, Altoona Community Theatre, & Altoona Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Old Bedford Village
220 Sawblade Road, Bedford, PA 15522
Cross the covered bridge into picture postcard Old Bedford Village where history comes alive. Reenactments, festivals, Murder Mystery evenings. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend 9am-5pm. Closed Wednesdays. Open Sept. to Oct. Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9am-5pm. Directions: from I-99 take exit 1, from PA Turnpike, take exit 69.
3909 Piney Creek Road, Williamsburg, PA 16693
Home of Ironmaster Samuel Royer & family. Built in 1815. Owned & operated by the Blair County Historical Society. Tours are available by appointment. Visit website for special events schedule.
The Wall That Heals
2907 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA
A one-half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. Located at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center. Visitors welcome 24/7/365. No admission cost.
Tyrone Area Historical Society & Museum
850 Pennsylvania Avenue , Tyrone, PA 16686
The Tyrone History Museum features Tyrone related artifacts, photographs & displays. A timeline spanning 150+ years visually shows the borough's historical significance. Museum is located in the railroad station building. Free admission. Open April-December, Wednesday & Sunday 1-4.