Historic Attractions

The Pittsburgh area has more than its share of historic attractions. See history come alive, as western PA favorites such as Old Economy Village and Historic Hanna’s Town strive to keep things fresh with new events, re-enactments and family activities. Support these historic attractions and help to preserve Pittsburgh history for generations to come!

Pittsburgh History Center

1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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Officially known as the “Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center”, the History Center is one of the coolest attractions in the area and operates as both a museum and research facility.  It is housed in a converted 160,000 sf warehouse.  The exhibits are locally based, well done and in depth; plan to spend a whole day here.

Frick Art & Historical Center

7227 Reynolds St, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

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Open to the public since 1990, the Frick Art and Historical Center is centered around “Clayton”, the mansion and Pittsburgh home of Henry Clay Frick and his family in the late nineteenth century.  Come enjoy a glimpse of the refined and cultured lifestyle of the Frick family in this historic setting.  Tours of Clayton are available, and admissions free for the Frick Art & Historical Center, Art Museum and the Car and Carriage Museum!  Reservations are recommended by not required.  Finish off your visit with a stop at the Frick Café and the Museum store.

Washington Grist Mill, Perryopolis, PA

411 Layton Rd, Perryopolis, PA 15473

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Reconstructed in 1999, the Grist Mill is a close replica to the original that was owned by George Washington.  Washington had the mill constructed in 1774-1776 on land that he owned as an investment.  Although he didn’t run the day to day operations (he was busy being the first president), he frequented the site and inspected it.  The Perryopolis Historical Society offers tours of the Mill, as well as a Distillery, “Bake Shop” and other attractions on the site.

Somerset Historical Center

10649 Somerset Pike, Somerset, PA 15501

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The Somerset Historical Center presents and maintains  the area’s rural history, from Somerset’s first farmers to present day.  Onsite, there is a large visitor’s center along with several historical buildings on the grounds which have been preserved and moved to this location.  There are educational programs and workshops on an ongoing basis, along with permanent and rotating exhibits.  The Visitors Center is also home to the Historical Society’s Genealogical Research Library, which is also open to the public.  Take a step back in time and visit this 150-acre history museum!

270 16th Street, Ambridge, PA 15003

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In 1824, the Harmony Society returned to Pennsylvania, this time settling in Beaver County along the Ohio River. There they founded “Oekonomie,” now better known as Old Economy Village. It was here that the Society gained worldwide recognition for its religious devotion and economic prosperity. Explore the visitors center, stroll the grounds or take a guided tour of the remaining buildings in their original locations.

Allegheny Portage Railroad Historic Site

110 Federal Park Rd, Gallitzin Township, PA 16641

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The Allegheny Portage Railroad opened in 1834, providing the first direct rail route between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. It has had many uses over the years, but today offers many special events and tours as a National Historic Site, and has many trails and places to explore such as the “Lemon House” and “Engine House #6”. This is of particular interest to kids, teachers and anyone who loves nature and history!

Nemacolin Castle, Brownsville, PA

136 Front St, Brownsville, PA 15417

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In Brownsville, situated high above the Monongahela River, sits this historic castle. Guided tours are offered along with many other events throughout the year. The Ghost Tours are particularly popular!