When Johnny Comes Marching Home

When Johnny Comes Marching Home

After the war, Pennsylvania began the process of rebuilding its towns and honoring those lost in the war. Soldiers returned home with stories of the horrors and heroics of war, neighbors were reunited, and families began the process of burying their loved ones. This is when Johnny comes marching home, a road trip of honoring the past and remembering those who gave their lives to make a better nation.

Allegheny Cemetery – Pittsburgh

Allegheny Cemetery is the oldest institution of its kind west of the Allegheny Mountains. The Cemetery was founded in 1844 and is the sixth rural incorporated cemetery in the United States. Allegheny Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in the nation with 300 acres and 15 miles of paved roadways. The women who lost their lives in the infamous Arsenal fire are buried here, as well as over 300 United States Colored Troops. In all, over 117,000 members of Pittsburgh's families are now resting in Allegheny Cemetery.

Blair County Historical Society- Altoona

An important remnant of the Civil War found a home in the historic Baker Mansion. Before the Civil War, Pennsylvania's Governor Curtin called the Loyal War Governor's Conference around a round walnut table in the east parlor of the Logan House in Altoona. The result was a major political event consolidating federal power. Today, that historic round table sits in the Baker Mansion in Altoona. Stop by and check out the historic artifact in person.

Eastern Light Cemetery in Altoona

This African American cemetery, founded in 1865, became the final resting place for many people who lost their lives in the Civil War era. A number of important African American abolitionists and soldiers are buried on this green field in Altoona, leaving behind memories of those who fought for equality and a better nation for us all. Even after death, segregation existed, as fences divided burial grounds between Blacks and Whites.


Eat Here: Allegro – Altoona

Homemade pastas, sauces, soups and so much more, all prepared with the freshest ingredients. Served in a gracious atmosphere that invites you to relax and savor the good times.

Sleep Here: Courtyard by Marriott - Altoona

Relax and get ready for the day ahead. This hotel, connected to the Blair County Convention Center, features a breakfast buffet, swimming pool, whirlpool and exercise room.