Discover Jefferson County
Being home to the world’s most famous weather forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil, gives Jefferson County bragging rights. Small town charm is our specialty. Unique shops and restaurants invite you to visit the historical Main Streets, meet some friendly faces, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Travelers can explore Beartown Rocks, Cook Forest and Clear Creek State Parks. Here, visitors can see a baseball bat factory, a moonshine distillery, giant carved boulders, and the world’s first four-wheel drive vehicle.
In Brockway, visitors will find the Clarion/Little Toby Trail which offers year-round hiking and biking through the remote and scenic Little Toby Creek Valley. A canoe launch in Brockway and the new Little Vineyard launch offer paddlers easy access to Little Toby Creek and the Wild & Scenic Clarion River downstream. The Taylor Memorial Museum is notable for its vast display of glass from local industry. Make sure to check out Brockway’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July picnic and fireworks celebration at Taylor Memorial Park. Shoppers can go bargain hunting at the Hazen Flea Market the first weekend of each month from May to October.
Brookville is travel a hub with I-80 and routes 322, 36, and 28 converging nearby. The town features a charming restored Victorian Main Street with quaint shops, restaurants, striking architecture, a beautiful historical district. The northern trailhead for Redbank Valley Trail, Pennsylvania’s first “Trail of the Year”, is conveniently located near downtown. Twyford, the first four-wheel drive ever made, was built in Brookville and the Jefferson County History Center has one on display, along with many interesting exhibits and an impressive model railroad. Scripture Rocks Heritage Park features over 70 engraved boulders carved in the early 1900’s. At Blackbird Distillery visitors can sample America’s only completely handmade moonshine.
Punxsutawney is the home of the world’s foremost weather prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil, and is party central for the nation’s Groundhog Day celebration every February 2nd at Gobbler’s Knob. Each July, visitors can enjoy the fun of the Groundhog Festival. Make sure to visit the Groundhog Club Headquarters and Phil’s Burrow. The Weather Discovery Center is perfect for school age children with intriguing hands-on interactive exhibits. No trip to the weather capital of the world would be complete without posting some great selfies with one of the dozens of Phantastic Phils sculptures throughout town.
Reynoldsville is a good place to experiencing “Small Town America” with unique shops and restaurants. The nearby DuBois/Jefferson County airport offers travelers easy access to the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region with multiple daily flights to and from Pittsburgh and Baltimore. BWP Bats offers free tours of the baseball bat manufacturing process using local hardwoods. The annual Red, White, & Blueberry Festival features an always hysterical blueberry pie eating contest and Hummingbird Speedway offers visitors high speed thrills with Saturday night dirt track racing.
Cook Forest State Park gives visitors the chance to explore ancient stands of giant trees. Men’s Journal called it “America’s Best Old-Growth Forest”. The Clarion River flows through the park and is popular with both paddlers and fishermen. Nearby Clear Creek State Park is a beautiful one-of-a-kind place nestled deep in a valley featuring spectacular views at Beartown Rocks and the stunning Western Pennsylvania Laurel Fields. The area surrounding the both parks have many vacation rentals, restaurants, shops, and fun attractions to enjoy.
Two bedroom cabin – fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, sleeps 10, TV/Dish, VCR/DVD, sun porches. Very nice primitive campsites available with restrooms & showers. Paypal accepted.
Historic town square was named for the founding father, Reverend David Barclay, who donated the land for public use in 1822. The stone Memorial Bandstand in the center of the park was dedicated in 1932 as a memorial to veterans.
Display of glass from local industry, pictures and artifacts of lumbering, mining and farming history. A separate genealogical research area is available. No admission fees. Tue & Thr 1-5.
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Take a step back in time and enjoy free real moonshine samples, live music, meats, cheeses, and delicious country canned goods every Saturday. Check Facebook for more events
Take a step back in time and enjoy free real moonshine samples, live music, meats, cheeses, and delicious country canned goods every Saturday. Check Facebook for more events or visit www.BlackbirdDistillery.com
Date & Time
saturday, february 24th 12:00am - saturday, february 24th 11:59pm EST
93 Blackout Alley
It’s all about the glow with this fun program! We’ll make glowing Ooblek, play with glowing water beads, get creative with glow painting, and even play some glowing games! A snack
It’s all about the glow with this fun program! We’ll make glowing Ooblek, play with glowing water beads, get creative with glow painting, and even play some glowing games!
A snack and free time on the exhibits included. Cost is $7 per person. Pre-registration is helpful, but walk ins are welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org or call (814) 938-
Date & Time
saturday, february 24th 10:00am - saturday, february 24th 12:00pm EST
Weather Discovery Center
201 N. Findley St
Chase way those mid-winter blues and visit the JCHC on Saturday February 24th from 12-4 PM for the annual Charles Bowdish Birthday Bash, and the opening of 5 new exhibits! Admission
Chase way those mid-winter blues and visit the JCHC on Saturday February 24th from 12-4 PM
for the annual Charles Bowdish Birthday Bash, and the opening of 5 new exhibits! Admission is by donation.
Annually, on the last Saturday of February, the Bowdish volunteers open a newly revised model railroad layout featuring some of Charlie’s original models and animations along with many that are newly created by our Bowdish modelers. Bring the kids—and the kid in yourself—Come see and hear that train whistle down the tracks through Tunnel Hill!
The “Who Knew” exhibit in the skylight gallery highlights little known eccentricities and oddities of Jefferson County, from Paleo-Indian lore, to our Abe Lincoln connection, to the “disappearing President,” a mysterious ghost painting and a time when boys wore pink and girls wore blue!
In the Grand hall, the Poetry in a Picture exhibit showcases poetry and photos from the Rebecca M. Arthurs Library’s newly published Poetry Collection 1996-2015.
The WWI remembrance honors Jefferson County soldiers, life on the home front and dark inventions during the war.
The first floor parker Gallery holds our recently acquired pride and joy-a beautifully preserved and folk-art painted Brookville Manufacturing wagon and Wainwright (wagon) Shop. Lastly, a turn of the century Doctor’s Office, complete with A.C. McKinley’s Dr. Bag.
For more information, contact JCHC at 814-849-0077 or visit jchconline.org. You Don’t Want to Miss It!
Date & Time
saturday, february 24th 12:00pm - saturday, february 24th 4:00pm EST
Jefferson County History Center 176 Main St., Brookville