Boalsburg in Centre County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Birthplace of Memorial Day
The custom of decorating soldiers graves was begun here in October, 1854, by Emma Hunter, Sophie Keller, and Elizabeth Myers.
Named for David Boal who settled here in 1798. Village laid out in 1808, Boalsburg tavern built 1819. Post office established 1920, first church erected 1827, home community of three United States ambassadors.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1854.
Location. 40° 46.703′ N, 77° 47.601′ W. Marker is in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, in Centre County. Marker is at the intersection of North Church Street and Boal Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 45), on the right when traveling south on North Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boalsburg PA 16827, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Birthplace of Memorial Day (within shouting distance of this marker); 112th Infantry Regiment (approx. 0.2 miles away); 108th Field Artillery (approx. 0.2 miles away); 111th Infantry Regiment109th Machine Gun Battalion (approx. 0.2 miles away); 108th Machine Gun Battalion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Honoring the 28th (approx. 0.2 miles away); 107th Field Artillery (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boalsburg.
Also see . . . Historic Boalsburg. (Submitted on July 24, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 24, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 24, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.