News from the Home Front

News from the Home Front

While the Civil War dominated the headlines, life continued on as normal as possible for everyday citizens. Farmers still had fields to tend, blacksmiths forged their wares, and families worked, traveled, and went to school. This roadtrip takes you on an adventure into the daily lives of 19th century folks who were doing their best to maintain a regular life. Along the way you’ll learn about blacksmithing, agriculture and even the timepieces our ancestors wore. This roadtrip will allow you to glimpse daily life in the years 1861 to 1865.

Railroaders Memorial Museum - Altoona

The Railroaders Memorial Museum in Altoona is one of America’s interactive railroaders museums dedicated to revealing, interpreting, commemorating and celebrating the significant contributions of Railroaders and their families to American life and industry, featuring film, exhibits, store and a lobby show. You don't have to be a rail fan to love this museum. Plus, live train watching has been offered since 1854 at Horseshoe Curve only 5 miles away.

Renfrew Museum and Park - Waynesboro

The next stop on your roadtrip greets you with scenic hiking trails and a playground. Stretch your legs in this centuries-old park and then feel free to enjoy any of the variety of events that take place here. The 85-acre Renfrew Park has been enjoyed by Pennsylvanians since 1872. On any given week, you might catch an art gallery exhibit, summer concert series or some of Central Pennsylvania’s largest Civil War reenactments. The Renfrew Museum gives you a taste of 19th century life in this region. Your guided tour will give you a close look at bedrooms, kitchens, and living rooms of the Civil War era complete with period furniture.


Eat Here: Jethro's - Altoona

After a hard day on the trails, it's worth treating yourself to a great meal at Jethro's. We recommend trying their famous ribs, steaks or specialty seafood dishes. To really reward yourself, order the Peanut Butter Meltaway - it's worth every bite.

Sleep Here: Hampton Inn - Altoona

Fall asleep with visions of the Allegheny Mountains dancing in your head. This quaint hotel is located in the old railroading town of Altoona, just minutes away from the Railroaders Museum and Lakemont Amusement Park. It's the perfect place to rest after a day of outdoor activities.