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Yellow Creek State Park

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170 Route 259 Highway
Penn Run, PA 15765
Phone: 724-357-7913

Yellow Creek State ParkThe 2,981-acre Yellow Creek State Park is in Indiana County along one of the first "highways" in the state, the Kittanning Path. Visitors will enjoy the sand beach, picnicking, fishing, boating, hunting and the educational 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 create the lake. The creeks have lots of yellow clay in the banks and bottoms. The park is also the site of three hiking trails and 20 miles of single track mountain bicycle trails. Seasonal camping is available at one of the parks' 6 cottages or 4 yurts. During the winter months, the park provides ice fishing, sledding, snowmobiling in the 350-acre designated area, ice skating, ice boating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. In addition, there are several geocaches located in the park.

Jimmy Stewart Museum

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835 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: 724-349-6112
Fax: 724-349-6140

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.

Blairsville Underground Railroad

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214 S. East Lane
Blairsville, PA 15717
Phone: 724-541-2344

Blairsville Underground RailroadThe Passport to Freedom is dedicated to the lives of brave men and women who believed that any type of slavery was wrong. At the risk of being fined and arrested, they willing aided enslaved people in their quest to find safety and freedom. As these freedom seekers traveled north through Indiana County, they were sheltered and moved from one safe place to another. The "Rescue of 1858: Newman's Escape" occurred in Blairsville and is reenacted annually. The historic marker is located just west of the bandstand near the Conemaugh River. Mailing address is 116 E. Campbell St., Blairsville, PA 15717.

Smicksburg - An Amish Settlement

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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. Before leaving the Smicksburg area, be sure to visit Windgate Winery located on Hemlock Acres Road, just off Rt. 954.?Schedule a tour of The McCormick Mansion nearby on SR 4018.

Indiana County Jimmy Stewart Airport

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398 Airport Road
Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: 724-463-3883

Indiana County Jimmy Stewart AirportThe 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. Currently, the airport is in the midst of a major runway extension project.

Saltsburg Stone House Museum

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


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, blacksmith’s tools, military items and memorabilia, and local residents who served as doctors, editors and educators, and inventors.   In the backyard of the museum is a toolshed that contains a large variety of old farming and carpentry tools.  A 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 Stone House Museum is open every Wednesday throughout the year, except on holidays, from 10a.m. – 2p.m., on Sunday afternoons from 1p.m. – 5p.m. during the months of May through October, and other times by appointment.

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

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

Fleming's Christmas Tree Farms, LLC

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1803 Fleming Road
Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: 724-463-0570

Fleming's Christmas Tree Farms, LLCCome create a family tradition with us! You'll have tons of fun selecting your perfect Christmas tree whether you opt for a pre-cut tree from our lot or choose one from the field. You can cut it down yourself or we'll cut it down for you. Available Christmas trees are Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir, Canaan Fir, White Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine and Colorado Spruce. We offer free baling and shaking of the trees and free gifts for the kids.

Evergreen Conservancy

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PO Box 0783
Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: 724-463-8138

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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PO Box 89 - 59 E. Kittanning Street
Smicksburg, PA 16256
Phone: 814-257-8083

John G. Schmick Heritage CenterLocal Historical Society Please Note: The Historical Society will be open beginning April 11. Thursday - Saturday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Strongstown Homecoming & Historical Society

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14729 Route 422 E., P.O. Box 82
Strongstown, PA
Phone: 814-749-9771

Strongstown Homecoming & Historical SocietyThe Strongstown Historical Society (SHS) owns and is operates 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. For more information call 814-749-9142.

Double Diamond Deer Ranch

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12211 Rte 36
Clarington, PA 15828
Phone: 814-752-6334

Double Diamond Deer RanchDouble Diamond Deer Ranch, located near Cook Forest State Park, 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

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

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

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 for hours, admission, and direct ions. Starting July 1, 2016 the fee for the WC will be $6.00 per person, children 2 and under free. Along with their admission, visitors will receive a Savings Card for discounts at stores and restaurants in Punxsutawney.

Homer-Center Historical Society, Inc.

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PO Box 42
Caboose-Museum North Main Street, Floodway Park
Homer City, PA 15748
Phone: 724-549-4251

The Homer-Center Historical Society displays heritage artifacts of the Homer City area in a refurbished caboose.  Museum hours are seasonal.

Indiana Art Association

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732 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, PA 15701

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

"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.