History & Heritage

You can explore the history and heritage of Blair County as you watch the trains travel by at the Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark, witness a Revolutionary War re-enactment at Fort Roberdeau Historic Site, or take a tour through one of our Historical Mansions. All offer a front row seat to the rich past of the area.

  • 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.

  • Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area
    (814) 940-1922
    Allegheny Ridge Corporation, Altoona Heritage Discovery Center, 1421-27 12th Ave., PO Box 348, Altoona, PA 16603

    This Heritage & Recreation Corridor Features Historic Communities Including Altoona, Johnstown, Blairsville; Interpretive Sites - Hollidaysburg Canal Basin Park & Saltsburg Canal Park; & Recreation Opportunities Including, The Lower, The 6-10, The West Penn & The Roaring Run Trails & The Kiski-Conemaugh & Juniata River Water Trail Systems.

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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.

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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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    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 Everett Railroad Co.
    (814) 696-3877
    424 2nd Avenue, Duncansville, PA 16635

    All aboard the Everett Railroad! Scenic train excursions from Hollidaysburg - visit our website for schedule. Special events, holiday trains & fun for the whole family! Come ride the rails with us!