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Centre County Historical Society

1001 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-6898
+1 814-234-4779
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Beautiful house and great tour

I was looking for something to do for an afternoon, and I saw a little brochure about the Centre... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Virginia Y
Excellent local history

The mansion, where the Farmer's High School story began was beautifully decorated for the winters... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2016
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania
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1001 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-6898
+1 814-234-4779
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was looking for something to do for an afternoon, and I saw a little brochure about the Centre County Historical Society Mansion. Don't let the name put you off. It is more than just a society building. They have a very good house tour...More

Thank Virginia Y
Reviewed 26 July 2016

The mansion, where the Farmer's High School story began was beautifully decorated for the winters holidays.

Thank ledonyoung
Reviewed 13 July 2016

The mansion of the former owners of Centre Furnace, located across the street, has been well-maintained, decorated with traditional furnishings, and and serves as the Society's center. It is available for exhibits, socials, receptions, etc. Tours are available.

1  Thank rxl2
Reviewed 19 June 2016

The Historical Society's located in the old Centre Furnace Mansion right on College Avenue at Porter Road. The mansion and t's iron furnace represents the 18th century beginnings of the charcoal iron industry in the central Pennsylvania area. It was the home of Centre Furnace...More

Thank Bill B
Reviewed 15 October 2015

Visiting this historic house is a great way to learn about the history of Centre County with docent-led tours.

1  Thank YogaGal1
Reviewed 21 September 2015

This part of Pennsylvania has not always been an education institution. A commercial center of Pennsylvania, the home of seven state governors, an early scholastic football powerhouse (Bellefonte Academy), a center of ecumencial tolerance and welcome in the 17h century, and a mining and agricultural...More

1  Thank amosesq
Reviewed 20 May 2015

The Centre Furnace Mansion, where the Centre County Historical Society is housed, is a lovely, beautifully furnished mansion that was the birth place of Penn State, then called Farmer's High School. The grounds, which contain a Sycamore that, according to records, was growing on site...More

2  Thank 1947Carlo
Reviewed 16 April 2014

It was nice to have somewhere different to take my brother & his wife when they visited. The guides are superb and the displays are surprisingly fun & educational. I didn't think I'd like looking in rooms, but they have done an excellent job w/...More

5  Thank michele c
Reviewed 7 August 2013

What a treasure tucked away close to Penn State and the town of State College. The house is in excellent shape with beautiful grounds and knowledgeable tour guides. A must-see for anyone interested in the history of Centre County.

5  Thank Keri-Lynn K
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