History Adventures

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!

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    • Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
      (814) 886-6150
      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.

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      Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum
      (814) 946-0834
      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!

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      Baker Mansion
      (814) 942-3916
      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.

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      Canal Basin Park
      (814) 696-4601
      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.

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      Dick Schoolhouse
      (814) 942-3916
      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.

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      Fort Roberdeau Historic Site
      (814) 946-0048
      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
      (814) 886-8871
      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.

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      Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark
      (814) 946-0834
      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.

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      Main Line Canal Greenway Geotrail
      (814) 940-1922
      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.

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      Mishler Theatre
      (814) 944-9434
      1208 12th Avenue , Altoona, PA 16601

      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.

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      Old Bedford Village
      (814) 623-1156
      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.

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      Royer Mansion
      (814) 942-3916
      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.

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      The Wall That Heals
      (814) 940-7759
      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.

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      Tyrone Area Historical Society & Museum
      (814) 684-5141
      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.