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 Pennsylvania Lumber History Tour

 

The Pennsylvania Lumber History Tour is a multi day tour taking your group through the wide expanse of Lumbering history in North Central Pennsylvania.  This tour can be two or three days with Wellsboro or Mansfield as your base each evening.  Stops include The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, Leonard Harrison State Park/Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and the Hiawatha Paddle Boat in Williamsport.

Multiple options for meals, stops and shopping available.

Allow me to help plan this unique, fun and informative trip to your groups specific desires.

 

 

Located on Route 6, 23 miles west of Wellsboro, this wonderful museum chronicles the history of lumbering in Pennsylvania. With interactive exhibits inside and outside exhibits that include a replica saw mill and Shay Locomotive, this museum beautifully explore this rich part of the areas history. Visitors get a sense of what it was like to live and work in the lumber camps and learn how lumbering has changed over the years. Recently remodeled, the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is worth exploring. As a step on guide, I continue to share information about the area on route and prepare your riders for the museum experience.

GOOD TO KNOW

This stop is about 30 minutes west of Wellsboro and you should allow at least 90 minutes to properly view the exhibits. The interior museum is completely accessible. Outside exhibits are accessible, but do require some mobility to fully enjoy. Lunch with Loggers Program can include a lunch meal with your tour.

Season: Open year round, except federal holidays

Cost: $4-$7 per person depending on group size. Lunch options also available for added cost.

 

 

First used as a tourist look out in the early 1900’s, this state park is a jewel in Tioga County. As the main viewing point of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon LHSP offers groups a great place to stretch their legs and enjoy a bit of nature. One of the most photographed places in Pennsylvania, professionals and amateurs alike will want to capture the views. As your step on guide, I share the history of the PA Grand Canyon including its early days of logging and the railroad. With fun facts about historic visitors and things to see your groups will be ready to enjoy the full experience of this stop.

GOOD TO KNOW

Leonard Harrison State Park is an accessible lookout for the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. With beautiful vistas and several vantage points. The paved walkway is completely accessible and the welcome center includes rest rooms, gift shop and historic display area. Picnic tables and pavilions are available for reservation.

Season: May - October

Cost: FREE!

Gift shop and Miller’s Maple wagon available seasonally

 

 

Enjoy an eight mile round trip, relaxing, horse drawn wagon ride down the Pine Creek Rail trail. The custom wagons, with canopy, are guided by expert drivers along the Pine Creek, following the old railway trail. Passengers experience wonderful views of the Pine Creek Gorge/Pennsylvania Grand Canyon from the canyon floor. This is a perfect complement to viewing the canyon from Leonard Harrison State Park. As your step on guide I share information about the ride and area, and then join your group as they enjoy the ride.

GOOD TO KNOW

Traditional rides are approximately 2 hours long. 4 hour long waterfall rides are available on Wednesday afternoons only. Rest rooms are available at the welcome center as well as their gift shop. The wagons are fairly accessible and have well cushioned seats. If someone in your group has severe mobility issues, please let me know in advance so that arrangements can be made to insure the ease of their ride.

Season: May - October

Cost: Group Rates available as well as lunch options. Prices start at about $31 per person.

 

HIAWATHA PADDLE BOAT RIDE ON SUSQUEHANNA

 

Enjoy a one hour/two mile round trip along the Susquehanna River on the paddleboat Hiawatha. This wide, beautiful river was once the lifeblood of commerce in Central Pennsylvania. While on board your group can enjoy the snack bar, or request a bag lunch option. 

 

 

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society chronicles the history of the region from American Indian occupation through 20th century industry and life.

Exhibits include an American Indian gallery, a Fine and Decorative Arts gallery, 19th century period rooms, and the Shempp Model Train exhibit with over 300 toy trains, and period rooms depicting life from the 1700s through the 1900s. 

 

MILLIONAIRES ROW

 

Once one of the riches towns in Pennsylvania, Williamsport still has a number of beautiful Victorian homes built in the mid 1800's. These homes can be viewed by bus or as a walking tour and help tell the story of the Lumber industry and the industrialization of Central Pennsylvania. Depending on group seize a meal at the Peter Herdic house may also be an option.