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Yellow Creek State Park

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170 Route 259 Highway
Penn Run, PA 15765
Phone: 724-357-7913
www.DCNR.PA.gov

Yellow Creek State Park

The 2,981-acre Yellow Creek State Park is in Indiana County along one of the first “highways” in the state, the Kittanning Path. This trail was used by the Delaware and Shawnee nations and by early settlers.

Today, visitors enjoy the sand beach, picnicking, and educational and recreational programs. The 720-acre Yellow Creek Lake is a destination for boaters and anglers. The lake and park are an important rest stop for migrating birds.

The park is named for Yellow and Little Yellow creeks, which flow into the lake. Both creeks contain yellow clay in their banks and bottoms.

Camping cottages, located near the lake-shore, each having electricity, picnic table, fire ring and a porch. The six cottages each sleep five people in bunk beds, Also available at the state park are yurts - round, canvas and wood walled tents that have a wooden floor as well as a deck, and sleep five people in bunk beds. Each yurt also has a cook stove, refrigerator, microwave oven, table, chairs, electricity, fire ring and picnic table.

 


Jimmy Stewart Museum

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835 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: 724-349-6112
Fax: 724-349-6140
http://www.jimmy.org

The museum is dedicated to world renowned actor Jimmy Stewart. Located in Indiana, PA, his birthplace. Career and personal history and artifacts, 50 seat movie theatre, and Gift Shop. Winter Hours  Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.


Smicksburg - An Amish Settlement

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http://www.smicksburg.net

Smicksburg - An Amish SettlementStep back into time as you travel to Northern Indiana County, home of a large Amish population which has grown to over 800 settlers since 1961. The Amish pursue a simpler lifestyle, operating farms and other businesses in ways that have changed little in the past century. Take notice of the fields being farmed with horses, and the small school houses where young children play in simple clothing as you drive through the beautiful countryside with rolling hills and gentle curves. The people are hospitable and wave as you go by, but please be careful to respect their lifestyle and take no pictures of the Amish folk. Drive slowly through the area being courteous to Amish traveling in horse-drawn buggies, and enjoy over 20 specialty shops along the way, offering country crafts, quilts, furniture, and foods. Smicksburg or "Schmicksburg," West Mahoning Township, Route 954 was founded in May of 1827 by Reverend J. George Schmick. Reverend Schmick was a Lutheran minister who purchased land from Charles Coleman. The Smicksburg Post Office opened October 1, 1830. John Kerr was the postmaster at that time. Kerr was also the blacksmith. The borough was incorporated in 1854.


Indiana County Jimmy Stewart Airport

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398 Airport Road
Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: 724-463-3883
http://www.jimmystewartairport.com

Indiana County Jimmy Stewart Airport The Indiana County Jimmy Stewart Airport is a modern, public-use airport serving the growing communities of Indiana County, PA and its surrounding areas. The Jimmy Stewart Airport, named after hometown boy and Hollywood Actor James Stewart, offers services for private and commercial pilots of small aircrafts. The airport is equipped with a runway lighting system, snow removal capabilities allowing for all-season operations and an Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) enabling pilots and others to receive timely and accurate weather information. The terminal building houses administrative offices, a pilots' lounge and flight planning area, as well as a conference room. The installation of a new fuel tank farm has enabled the airport to provide jet fuel (JET A) in addition to conventional aviation fuel (100 LL). Also, a maintenance hangar and new T-hangars were recently constructed.


Rebecca B. Hadden Stone House Museum/Saltsburg Area Historical Society

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105 Point Street
Saltsburg, PA 15681
Phone: 724-639-9003
rebeccabhaddenshm.com

The Saltsburg Area Historical Society acquired this old stone house, built in 1830, and established it as a well-documented museum of local history, including period furnishings, artifacts, and historical records of the surrounding region. Expertly developed displays tell the story of the canal era, the local salt, glass, and coal industries, and about collections of pottery, Indian arrowheads, blacksmiths tools, military items and memorabilia, and local residents who served as doctors, editors and educators, and inventors.new feature display is developed each year for Saltsburg's Canal Days celebration at the beginning of June. There is also a well-maintained and labeled Victorian-style public garden, planted and tended by the Saltsburg Herbal Society, that adds an interesting and beautiful outdoor experience for museum tours. The museum is open for tours on Wednesdays 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. all year except for the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas. The museum is also open for tours on Sundays 1 to 5 P.M., May through October. Tours are also available by appointment. A $2 donation per person is requested. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Saltsburg Historical Society/Rebecca Hadden Stone House


Historical Society of the Blairsville Area

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116 East Campbell Street
Blairsville, PA 15717
Phone: 724-459-0580
www.blairsvillehistoric.com

Historical Society of the Blairsville AreaOperated under the auspices of the Historical Society of the Blairsville Area (HSBA), the Museum was established in 1986 through the efforts of many individuals interested in preserving and promoting local heritage. Because of the Society's efforts, Blairsville has become one of the best-documented towns in Indiana County. Open Tuesday thru Friday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm or by appointment


Evergreen Conservancy

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PO Box 0783
Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: 724-471-6020
http://www.evergreenconservancy.org

Evergreen ConservancyEvergreen Conservancy is a relatively new non profit in the Indiana area. Our mission is to advance the preservation, protection and stewardship of Natural, Cultural and Historic Resources in and around Indiana County. Since our inception we have focused our attention on AMD remediation, development of the Tanoma Wetlands Educational Center, and making it possible for home owners to conserve their lands for generations. We are a group of caring and committed volunteers who work to raise the quality of life in and around Indiana County. We seek to preserve wild life habitat, land, stream access, scenic vistas, working landscapes, and historic and cultural sites. Our crown jewel is the Tanoma Wetlands Educational Center. At this site you can find: a pavilion, a new StoryWalk –“Grandfather Twilight”, parking lot, handicapped accessible trail with tree and plant ID signs, a wind turbine, a water power generation system, solar panels, and a self guided system of signs explaining how iron is removed from AMD. . Directions from Indiana:: Take Route 286 East, Turn left on Tanoma Road, continue on Tanoma Road until you reach Rayne Church Road, turn left on Rayne Church Road, the educational center is on your right, there is a parking lot.


John G. Schmick Heritage Center

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59 East Kittanning Street
Smicksburg, PA 16256
Phone: 814-257-8083

John G. Schmick Heritage CenterLocated in the heart of the Amish community of Smicksburg this museum is situated in a converted house which contains a wealth of historic memorabilia from the surrounding area. *****We will be closed from December 15th through the middle of April.


Strongstown Homecoming & Historical Society

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14729 Route 422 East
Strongstown, PA 15957
Phone: 814-749-9771

Strongstown Homecoming & Historical SocietyThe Strongstown Historical Society (SHS) owns and is operated from a one-room schoolhouse in the heart of Strongstown. The SHS is working toward restoring the schoolhouse and opening it as a museum. An attached hall is available for rent from April to October.


Double Diamond Deer Ranch

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12211 Route 36
Clarington, PA 15828
Phone: 814-752-6334
www.thedoublediamonddeerranch.com

Double Diamond Deer Ranch Double Diamond Deer Ranch, located near Cook Forest State Park, open May thru October, offers a wonderful place to learn about whitetail deer. The ranch is home to brown, albino, piebald and white whitetail deer. All of the deer have lived at the ranch since they were fawns. The Buck Barn is a hunters "dream come true" and a great way to learn about animals. The Buck Barn contains over 100 mounted animals. Everything from a mouse to a moose. As the deer at the Double Diamond Deer Ranch pass away, they are mounted and spend their days in the Buck Barn. The Double Diamond Deer Ranch also offers Indoor Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf, a Gift Shop and Flea Market.


Blue Spruce Park

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1128 Blue Spruce Road
Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: 724-463-8636
http://www.indianacountyparks.org

Indiana County established this park in 1966. The dam, known as Cummins Dam, was constructed in 1908 and enlarged in 1912. The park acreage totals 650 acres and features two playgrounds, a volleyball court, horseshoe court, areas for games and sports and a 12-acre lake stocked with trout. In addition, Blue Spruce Park has four pavilions and two lodges available for public rental. The park also contains six miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails. Located within the park is the Indiana County Master Gardener's Trial Garden where visitors can view the latest floral and plant selections from the Penn State Gardener's Select program. Blue Spruce Park is a premier bird watching spot and portions of the park are open to hunting. Also, noteworthy, an historical marker honoring Bernice Gera, a native of nearby Ernest, PA, is located in the park. Gera was the first female umpire to work in a professional baseball league.


Historical & Genealogical Society of Indiana County

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621 Wayne Avenue
Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: 724-463-9600
www.hgsic.org

Historical & Genealogical Society of Indiana County Through a broad range of activities, The Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County seeks to promote a greater appreciation of Indiana County's rich heritage and a better understanding of life today. We invite you to visit the Indiana County Historical Museum, the Indiana County Memorial to the Veterans, and the Frances Helman Research Library. You can also use our website for information and educational purposes. The Society is located in the town of Indiana, our county seat. In 1938, the Society was founded as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization. The Society's purpose is to collect and preserve materials illustrative to Indiana County, its families, businesses, and organizations. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center

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201 N. Findley Street
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Phone: 814-938-1000
Fax: 814-938-8830
www.weatherdiscovery.org

Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center, where the science and folklore of weather come alive with fun interactive exhibits, a theater and a gift shop in an historic building! Visit www.weatherdiscovery.org for hours, admission, and directions.  


Homer-Center Historical Society

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Caboose-Museum North Main Street
Floodway Park
Homer City, PA 15748
Phone: 724-549-4251
www.facebook.com/Homer-Center-Historical-Society-551283818381300

The Homer-Center Historical Society displays heritage artifacts of the Homer City area in a refurbished caboose. Stroll through the museum, examining interesting artifacts to learn more about the the history of the Homer-Center area. Hours are seasonal.


Indiana Art Association

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732 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: 724 464-8895
www.indianaPAArtAssociation.org

The purpose of the Indiana Art Association is to promote interest, appreciation, and participation in the arts. We aim to stimulate the artistic growth and development of our members as individual artists through encouragement, education, exhibits of work, and exchange of ideas. It is our desire to motivate public interest in the arts and function as aesthetically wise consumers and citizens ourselves.    


"Thank You, Jimmy Stewart"

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Christopher Collins
403 Elmwood Road
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Phone: 814-590-6436
www.jimmystewart.info

"Thank You, Jimmy Stewart!" is a one person condensed tribute to three of Mr. Stewart's films. "It's a Wonderful Life," "Harvey," and "Mr. Smith goes to Washington." The show captures the pure magic of storytelling.