PA Route 6 has been dedicated as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway through all 14 states as it crosses across the United States. The towns across US Route 6 have dedicated some memorable parks and open spaces for honoring our efforts to keep America and the rest of the planet free. They are also home to other historic sites full of heritage. As you travel across Route 6 this 5th Friday (June 29th), spend some time at these places and reflect on those who put their service above self and how far our country has come throughout history.
War Memorials to Visit:
1. Kane: Both at Evergreen Park and the Kane Memorial Chapel, you will see monuments honoring past military conflicts. General Kane was as Civil War General who had a large impact on local and national history.
2. The Green, Wellsboro: While known for its statue of Winkin, Blynkin, and Nod, the Green is home to several war monuments. Enjoy a stroll around this lovely park.
3. Bradford County Veterans Park: our 2018 Do 6 Heritage Partnership Award (MM 272). This awe-inspiring park nestled along the Susquehanna River in Towanda reminds us of all the battles that have claimed loved one.
4. Memorial Park, Carbondale: Across from City Hall, this beautiful square offers a great place to reflect on our fallen heroes.
5. Milford War Memorial: Where ales would you find an artful memorial that in a town with long-standing connections to the arts and culture? Look for the Memorial at Broad Street across from the Pike County Courthouse.
6. Veterans’ Memorial Park at Airport Park, Matamoras: This park has a monument for every major conflict that our nation has been involved in – each is breathtaking and a piece of art.
Historical and Heritage Sites to Visit:
1. U.S. Brig Niagara Erie Maritime Museum: Celebrating Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.
2. Conneaut Lake Park: One of the oldest amusement parks in America. Dare to ride the Blue Streak.
3. Zippo/Case Museum: Enjoy the storied history of Zippo lighters and Case Knives, two products still proudly made in Bradford, PA.
4. PA Lumber Museum: Tribute to the lumberjacks and woodhicks who built this country. Explore a CC camp and logging village.
5. Steamtown National Historic Site: Showcases the steam era of American Railroading with a working railyard and roadhouse. Leave time to take a rail excursion to nearby towns.
6. Grey Towers: Ancestral home of the first chief of the US Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot. Be sure to sit at the water table.