Pennsylvania Legends

People, Places and Events of the Keystone State

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Pennsylvania – The Keystone State:

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 capital 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- Alexander
Owner/Editor

 

Welcome to Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Articles:

Betsy Ross & the Nations First Flag

Forts of the Keystone State

The French & Indian War

Fort Antes and the Big Runaway

Fort Bedford – Supplying Forbes Road

Fort Necessity – Defending Against the French

Gettysburg Battle Campaign

Gettysburg Campaign Battles

Haunted Restaurant in Honesdale

The National Road – Connecting Mountains & Rivers

Pennsylvania Photo Prints

Pennsylvania Slideshow (See Below)

Pontiac’s Rebellion Against the British

A Sad Ghost Story – Suitcase Jane Doe

Some Remarkable Women in Pennsylvania & Kentucky

Tom Quick – Avenger or Psychopath?

Trails Across Pennsylvania

Valley Forge – A Patriotic Symbol of Perseverance

The Whiskey Rebellion of 1794

 

Pennsylvania’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.”

 

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

Pennsylvania Slideshow:

 

All images available for photo prints & editorial downloads HERE.

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