The Aline Covered Bridge
as seen from Aline Church Road
Located off of Route 104
between the tiny villages of Aline and Meiserville sits a restored Burr
Truss Covered Bridge over the North Branch of Mahantango Creek. The Aline
Bridge has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since
1979, ninety-five years after it was first constructed. The bridge
is closed to vehicular traffic, but it is easily accessible and has a few
In suburban Philadelphia, there is a rather unique traffic obstacle along PA Route 320 (South Gulph Road). A rock outcropping, known as Hanging or Overhanging Rock, jutes out into the northbound lane of the highway. It sticks out into the travel lane enough that a 7'0" low clearance warning sign is ahead of it and numerous small vans and delivery trucks have to swerve around it.
So why is this rock here? Wouldn't PennDOT have removed the rock by now? Well, there's a story behind it and why it is still here - and it involves George Washington.
Overhanging Rock is the site of Washington's Continental Army's last encampment before taking up winter quarters at Valley Forge in 1777. The encampment lasted roughly six days, December 13th-19th. (1) It is the historical significance of the rock's location that led to different battles over the rock well over a century later.
Fast forward 140 years to 1917, though in its infancy, the automobile era was well …
Sometimes, cruising along the back roads, you'll find something neat that you didn't expect to see. During one of my trips around northern Pennsylvania, I found a piece of Americana on one of these back roads. Located in Bradford County in the small community of Warren Center, there is a replica of an older Sinclair Gas station that has been restored to vintage condition. The signage, building and the gas pumps all look pristine. This link to a bygone era is worth celebrating as well, as there is an annual cruise-in every September where you can have your classic car photographed in front of the gas station.
Opened in 1812, Volant Mills is located in Western Pennsylvania Amish country along the Neshannock Creek in Volant. The historic grist mill has been the economic center of this small town in Lawrence County for over two centuries. Now owned by a community non-profit organization, Volant Mills features shops where customers can buy handcrafted goods. There is currently a restoration effort underway to restore the historic waterwheel and other water powered turbines, making this a working mill again.