(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) – The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), the Commonwealth’s official history agency, invites the public to explore state-owned historic sites along the Pennsylvania Trails of History on Saturday September 9, 24.

Visitors can walk in the footsteps of historic Pennsylvania soldiers on the Military History Trail. At sites like Bushy Run Battlefield or Brandywine Battlefield Park, programs and exhibits bring landmark battles to life.

Discover the free historical sites and museums on the map below:

Places like Pennsbury Manor, Joseph Priestley House and Daniel Boone Homestead are highlights of this trail.

The labor of iron, coal, oil and lumber workers built businesses and communities that are now legacies on the Industrial Heritage Trail. Visitors can check out the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, where more than 100 locomotives and wagons are on display, or the Drake Well Museum, site of the first commercially successful oil well.

Pennsylvania’s coal mining history unfolds at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, and lumber heritage can be discovered indoors and out at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum. These destinations showcase the people who brought innovation and determination to these early ventures.

Rooted in Pennsylvania’s rustic beginnings, the Rural Farm & Village Trail leads through pastoral landscapes from colonial to recent history. Escape to the woodland settings is as easy as joining a tour.

Special events throughout the year at places like Ephrata Cloister, Old Economy Village, and Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum recall the craft and culinary heritage of centuries past.


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