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Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania,
Mighty is your name,
Steeped in glory and tradition,
Object of acclaim,
Where brave men fought the foe of freedom,
Tyranny decried,
'Til the bell of independence filled the countryside.

Pennsylvania State Song



Sunrise over the Alleghenies

Sunrise over the Alleghenies, by Gibson and Co, 1880.



Pennsylvania FlagPennsylvania's official flag was adopted in 1907. The flag has a deep blue background. In the center are two harnessed draft horses surrounding a shield picturing a ship, a plow, and 3 sheaves of wheat. Above is a bald eagle. Below are a stalk of corn, an olive branch, and a draped red ribbon that reads,"Virtue, Liberty, and Independence."


Greetings From Pennsylvania


Officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is nicknamed the Keystone State because of its central location among the original 13 colonies. It was William Penn, a Quaker and the state's founder, who guaranteed religious freedom to everyone.

Penn established a government with two innovations that were much copied in the New World: the county commission and freedom of religious conviction.

The tradition of freedom continued when the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania became the second state in the USA on December 12, 1787. Called the "City of Brotherly Love", Philadelphia served as the nation's capitol ; margin-bottom: 0"> from 1790 to 1800. When you visit this city, be sure to see the cracked Liberty Bell that was rung when the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

There is much to see and do in Pennsylvania, which features 120 state parks, 18 National Parks and 164 National Historic Landmarks. In the Allegheny National Forest in  the northwestern corner of the state, visitors can enjoy snowmobiling, atv trails, hunting, water sports, camping, fishing and much more.

In Lancaster County, Amish still drive horse-drawn carriages and plow their fields much in the same way as their ancestors. See the Gettysburg National Military Park, where the Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War and was the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln's immortal "Gettysburg Address". The Valley Forge National Park, which includes the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the George Washington and the Continental Army and,  commemorates the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War heroes. At Hershey, Pennsylvania you can sample delicious candy at the world's largest chocolate factory.

Enjoy your visit to the Keystone State.

Kathy R. Weiser





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