A major passageway between North and South campaigns, Appalachia faced constant invasion by troops and assault from guerilla warfare. Residents confronted divided loyalties, persecution, suffering, strife, famine and loss. An independent spirit, sense of humor and random acts of kindness helped Appalachians persevere. These stories champion unlikely heroes, inspiring leaders, industrious individuals, compassionate souls, and strong families hoping for a better future. Out of adversity came innovations, resolve, fortitude and a belief in honor and tradition that defines Northern Appalachia today. Learn more about these stories by clicking the links below.
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PITTSBURGH AND ITS COUNTRYSIDEAllegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh Heinz History Center & Allegheny Arsenal, Pittsburgh LeMoyne House, Washington Old Economy Village, Ambridge Blairsville Underground Railroad Historic Walking Tour, Blairsville Somerset Historical Center, Somerset
THE ALLEGHENIESHorseshoe Curve, Altoona Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, Altoona Allegheny Portage Railroad, Gallitzin Old Bedford Village, Bedford
DUTCH COUNTRY ROADSNational Civil War Museum, Harrisburg John Brown House, Chambersburg Gettysburg Battlefield and Museum, Gettysburg
PA GREAT LAKES REGIONJohn Brown Farm, Tannery & Museum, Guys Mills Drake Well Museum, Titusville
PENNSYLVANIA WILDSAllegheny National Forest, Bradford McKean County Court House, Smethport Cook Forest State Park, Cooksburg PA Grand Canyon, Wellsboro
UPSTATE PARicketts Glen State Park, Benton Columns Museum, Milford