Pennsylvania's oil resources did more than help to sustain its citizens -- they gave birth to the modern petroleum industry. Drake Well Museum offers an explanation, along with access to Oil Creek State Park. Biking and hiking trails start at the museum; fishing and canoeing on Oil Creek invite a side trip or return visit.
The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum recalls an era when Pennsylvania ranked as the nation's top lumber producer. See a steam-powered sawmill, tour the rugged camp or peek inside the Engine House to see a 1912 Shay logging locomotive.
At the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, discover the people of Pennsylvania's anthracite coal region -- their work, ethnicity and family traditions -- from the days when hard coal was king. Featured is the work of 20th-century African American coal sculptor C. Edgar Patience.
The industrial site that rolled the rails for the nation's railroads, Scranton Iron Furnace. Four massive stone stacks are the remains of the blast furnaces of the Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company, built between 1848 and 1857. The furnaces ranked as the second-largest iron producer in the U.S. by the 1880s.
Eckley Miners' Village is an anthracite-mining town with churches, schools and a company store. Amble past the homes, many of which have changed very little since their construction in the 1850s.
Old enough to have produced cannonballs during the Revolutionary War, Cornwall Iron Furnace remains the last intact structure of its kind in the U.S. Take a guided tour to see iron-making equipment and buildings. Take a short drive to see the old mines, the Ironmaster's estate and workers' villages.
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania displays the massive railroad equipment that kept Pennsylvania's industries on the go. View the permanent collection of more than 100 locomotives and cars from the mid-19th and 20th centuries and changing exhibits on railroading.