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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Perry County, Pennsylvania

 
Clickable Map of Perry County, Pennsylvania and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Perry County, PA (52) Cumberland County, PA (357) Dauphin County, PA (295) Franklin County, PA (210) Juniata County, PA (15) Northumberland County, PA (86)  PerryCounty(52) Perry County (52)  CumberlandCounty(357) Cumberland County (357)  DauphinCounty(295) Dauphin County (295)  FranklinCounty(210) Franklin County (210)  JuniataCounty(15) Juniata County (15)  NorthumberlandCounty(86) Northumberland County (86)
New Bloomfield is the county seat for Perry County
Adjacent to Perry County, Pennsylvania
      Cumberland County (357)  
      Dauphin County (295)  
      Franklin County (210)  
      Juniata County (15)  
      Northumberland County (86)  
 
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1Pennsylvania, Perry County, Buffalo Township — Millersburg Ferry
On Orchard Road (U.S. 11/15) at Ferry Lane, on the right when traveling north on Orchard Road.
The only surviving ferry service across the Susquehanna began as early as 1825. boats were poled by manpower until 1873, when the first paddlewheeler was acquired. In the 1920's, gasoline engine replaced steam power, and the paddlewheels were . . . Map (db m23375) HM
2Pennsylvania, Perry County, Carroll Township — Dromgold Farm
Near Landisburg Road (Pennsylvania Route 850) at Spring Road (Pennsylvania Route 34).
The tract of land containing the Dromgold Farm was initially settled by Benjamin Cunningham in 1828. It remained in the Cunningham/Dromgold family until 2009, when it was bequeathed by Benjamin's great-great-granddaughter Gladys Dromgold Shaffer to . . . Map (db m109885) HM
3Pennsylvania, Perry County, Carroll Township — The Route of United States Army Despatch Riders / Confederate Soldiers Farthest Advance
On Spring Road (Pennsylvania Route 34) near Sunnyside Drive, on the right when traveling south.
The Route of United States Army Despatch Riders who entered Perry County through this pass, known as Sterrett's Gap (originally Croghan's Gap, named for George Croghan, pioneer trader and Indian intepreter), later crossing the Juniata River . . . Map (db m53642) HM
4Pennsylvania, Perry County, Carroll Township — William Bigler
On Pennsylvania Route 34 at Pennsylvania Route 850 on State Route 34.
Governor of Pennsylvania, 1853-55; birthplace about one mile west of here. In office he opposed the chartering of wildcat banks and passage of "omnibus bills." U.S. Senator 1856-1861. A brother, John, also born here, was Governor of California. . . . Map (db m23371) HM
5Pennsylvania, Perry County, Duncannon — 6 — Clark's Ferry Bridge
On Cumberland Street at Water Street, on the left when traveling east on Cumberland Street.
The Clark's Ferry Bridge was part of the Main Line Pennsylvania Canal built in 1828. Mules walked on a cantilevered walkway outside the structure and towed canal boats across the river. The dam below the bridge was known as Green's Dam and created . . . Map (db m119917) HM
6Pennsylvania, Perry County, Duncannon — 10 — Clark's Ferry Tavern
On Market Street at Clark Street, on the left when traveling north on Market Street.
The Clark's Ferry Tavern, the oldest building in Duncannon, was originally built by John or Daniel Clark as early as 1788 and later enlarged. It served vital roles as a docking point for the ferry crossing the Susquehanna River, an inn, tavern, . . . Map (db m119883) HM
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7Pennsylvania, Perry County, Duncannon — Duncannon Area Schools1892 - 1955
On Broadway at High Street, on the right when traveling west on Broadway.
. . . Map (db m119888) HM
8Pennsylvania, Perry County, Duncannon — 7 — Duncannon National Bank
On Cumberland Street at High Street, on the right when traveling west on Cumberland Street.
Built in 1889, this was the first building in Perry County to be devoted exclusively to banking. The Duncannon National Bank was the first National Bank established in the county and started operations January 1, 1890. Its president was John . . . Map (db m119949) HM
9Pennsylvania, Perry County, Duncannon — Duncannon Presbyterian Church AnnexBuilt 1889
On Cumberland Street at High Street, on the right when traveling west on Cumberland Street.
1889-1926 Duncannon National Bank 1926-1936 Perry Co. Telephone and Telegraph Company 1936-1963 The United Telephone Company of Penna. 1963- Duncannon Presbyterian ChurchMap (db m119955) HM
10Pennsylvania, Perry County, Duncannon — 4 — Duncannon Square
On Market Street south of Cumberland Street, on the left when traveling south.
Once lined with shade trees and featuring a public fountain in the town green, the Duncannon Square has been the center of activity since the very beginning. The square featured the National Hotel in the northwest corner and the Laird Hotel in . . . Map (db m119912) HM
11Pennsylvania, Perry County, Duncannon — 2 — Entering Duncannon
On Market Street at US 11/15 Northbound Access Ramp, on the right when traveling south on Market Street.
The Wister Mansion was at the intersection of New Bloomfield Road and Main Street, now the location of the American Legion. It was the home of John Wister who at age 14 became an errand boy at the Duncannon Iron Works and rose to become its . . . Map (db m119906) HM
12Pennsylvania, Perry County, Duncannon — 3 — Entering Duncannon
On Market Street at US 11/15 Northbound Access Ramp, on the left when traveling north on Market Street.
On February 4, 1887 a charter was granted by the Commonwealth for the construction of the Perry County Railroad from Duncannon to New Bloomfield. On September 12, 1889 the first locomotive entered New Bloomfield. The Duncannon Station sat just to . . . Map (db m119908) HM
13Pennsylvania, Perry County, Duncannon — First Sunday School In Perry County
On High Street north of Cumberland Street, on the left when traveling north.
• • In • • the Church at the Mouth of the Juniata the forerunner of the Duncannon Presbyterian Church • • the • • first Sunday School in Perry County was organized in 1821 and has had practically a continual existence . . . Map (db m119953) HM
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14Pennsylvania, Perry County, Duncannon — Lightning Guider Sleds
On North Market Street (County Road 274), on the right when traveling north.
Produced between 1904 and 1988 by the Standard Novelty Works, located here. In 1920 the plant was credited with producing more children's sleds than any other U.S. factory; its capacity was then 1,600 to 1,800 per day. The company also made . . . Map (db m19711) HM
15Pennsylvania, Perry County, Duncannon — Ross McHugh HoodJuly 17, 1846. - July 1, 1863.
Killed at Battle of Gettysburg. Buried with Unknown Co. G, 149. Regt. Pa. Vol.Map (db m119891) WM
16Pennsylvania, Perry County, Duncannon — 5 — The Railroad in Duncannon
On Cumberland Street at Water Street, on the left when traveling east on Cumberland Street.
The railroad steamed into Duncannon in 1848 and was a major factor in the growth and development of the area. In the mid-1800s the railroad ran through the center of town on Apple Tree Alley. Around 1865 the earliest station was built at the . . . Map (db m119919) HM
17Pennsylvania, Perry County, Liverpool — Dr. Reifsnyder
On U.S. 11/15 near Elm Street, on the right when traveling south.
Dr. Elizabeth Reifsnyder, M.D., a pioneer medical missionary to China for more than thirty years, lived in this house both before and after her work abroad. Born 1858, she died here in 1922.Map (db m23370) HM
18Pennsylvania, Perry County, Liverpool — Elizabeth Reifsnyder, M.D.
On Market Street at Race Street, on the left when traveling north on Market Street.
To Perry County Womanhood as exemplified in the life of Elizabeth Reifsnyder, M.D. Born 1858 — Died 1922 Outstanding Woman of Perry County's First Century . . . Map (db m119868) HM
19Pennsylvania, Perry County, Liverpool — Holman Mercantile Store ~ Willowbrook ApartmentsConstructed 1874
On Market Street at Race Street, on the right when traveling north on Market Street.
"The Leading Merchants" - In 1847, Jacob and Michael B. Holman founded a mercantile business in Liverpool, PA on the Kerstetter property on Front Street. Michael early left the partnership, and Jacob later brought his two sons Park and William . . . Map (db m119870) HM
20Pennsylvania, Perry County, Liverpool — Veterans Memorial
On Market Street at Race Street, on the left when traveling north on Market Street.
In memory of All Veterans who served our countryMap (db m119869) HM
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21Pennsylvania, Perry County, Liverpool — William Grant Morris M. D.In memory of — Born April 4, 1851 • Died July 27, 1931 —
On Front Street north of Locust Street, on the right when traveling north.
College of Physicians and Surgeons Baltimore, Maryland 1878. A rural doctor who ministered to those in distress throughout this countryside in all hours and seasons from 1899 until his death. Erected in gratitude by his fellow . . . Map (db m119867) HM
22Pennsylvania, Perry County, Marysville — Perry County Memorial Wall
On South State Road (U.S. 11/15) at Front Street, on the right when traveling south on South State Road.
This memorial is dedicated to all those sons and daughters of Perry County who have served. These names recognize those who gave their lives in that service.Map (db m176896) WM
23Pennsylvania, Perry County, Marysville — Rockville Bridge
On North State Road (U.S. 11/15) at Myrtle Avenue, on the right when traveling south on North State Road.
The longest stone masonry arch railroad bridge in the world, one mile to the south, was built 1900-02. With forty-eight arches, it has a length of 3,820 feet. This was the third bridge constructed here by the Pennsylvania Railroad. A wooden . . . Map (db m19540) HM
24Pennsylvania, Perry County, Marysville — Veterans Memorial Park1776 - 1976
On Front Street at North State Road (U.S. 11/15), on the right when traveling west on Front Street.
In honor of the men and women who so dedicated their live to keep our families and country safe and freeMap (db m176919) WM
25Pennsylvania, Perry County, Marysville — World Wars I and II Memorial
On Front Street at North State Road (U.S. 11/15), on the right when traveling west on Front Street.
Dedicated to the memory of the boys of Marysville and vicinity who made the Supreme Sacrifice in the service of their country in World War I and World War IIMap (db m176920) WM
26Pennsylvania, Perry County, Millerstown — James A. Beaver
On Market Street at East Sunbury Street (Pennsylvania Highway 17), in the median on Market Street.
Civil War hero; Governor of Pennsylvania, 1887-91; a Superior Court judge, 1895-1905, was born in Millerstown Oct. 21, 1837. Site is marked by a plaque. His adult life was spent at Bellefonte, where he died on January 31, 1914.Map (db m19675) HM
27Pennsylvania, Perry County, Millerstown — World War Memorial1917 - 1919
On Market Street at Poplar Street, on the right when traveling south on Market Street.
This tablet is dedicated in honor of those of Millerstown and vicinity who answered the call of our country and enrolled for service [Honored Dead] Wilbur G. Anderson • Robert H. Garman Edward S. Knight • Walter A. Smith [Honor Roll of . . . Map (db m53676) HM
28Pennsylvania, Perry County, New Bloomfield — Carson Long Institute
Founded by Theodore Kepner Long as a memorial to his son William Carson Long University of Michigan A.B. 1908Map (db m53665) HM
29Pennsylvania, Perry County, New Bloomfield — Carson Long Military Institute
On N. Carlisle St., on the left when traveling north.
A military school since 1919, it is the oldest in Pennsylvania. Originally Bloomfield Academy, founded in 1837. Owned 1914-21 by Theodore K. Long and renamed as a memorial to his son, William Carson Long. First building, "The Maples" was completed . . . Map (db m23364) HM
30Pennsylvania, Perry County, New Bloomfield — Donald Campbell Willard
This tablet is erected in memory of Donald Campbell Willard University of Pennsylvania, A.B. 1910 in recognition of his loyal service as first president of Carson Long InstituteMap (db m53661) HM
31Pennsylvania, Perry County, New Bloomfield — New Bloomfield World War I Memorial
On S. Main Street.
1917 World War 1919 A deep sense of appreciation has inspired the erection of this tablet in honor of those who left New Bloomfield and Centre Township to promote world freedom and to preserve the safety and honor of their country D. Neil Harper • . . . Map (db m23369) HM
32Pennsylvania, Perry County, New Bloomfield — Perry County
On S. Main Street.
Formed March 22, 1820 from Cumberland County. named for Oliver Hazard Perry, war of 1812 hero. Birthplace of two governors of Pennsylvania, one of California, and one of Minnesota. The county seat, Bloomfield (P. O. New Bloomfield) was incorporated . . . Map (db m23367) HM
33Pennsylvania, Perry County, New Bloomfield — Perry County Civil War Memorial
On Carlisle St. at Main Street, in the median on Carlisle St..
Dedicated to the Soldiers and Sailors of Perry County Who offered their lives as a sacrifice that the nation might live.Map (db m23366) HM
34Pennsylvania, Perry County, New Buffalo — The John Schaffer Tavern and InnAlso known by the names The Red House, The Evergreen Hotel and The Lodge House — New Buffalo, Pennsylvania —
On Mill Street at Market Street, on the right when traveling west on Mill Street.
This imposing three story, twelve room structure was built in 1828 by businessman John Schaffer who housed his family and offered food and rest to Pennsylvania Canal construction workers and later canal boatmen and passengers. Travel conditions were . . . Map (db m118153) HM
35Pennsylvania, Perry County, Newport — Newport Fugitive Slave Rescue
On Market Street (PA 34) at South 4th Street on Market Street (PA 34).
In July 1841, three Md. slaves, Alick, Tom, and Ben, were pursued to Newport by bounty hunters. While Ben drowned as he attempted to cross the Juniata River, the other two were captured. Several Newport citizens aided the fugitives’ escape, and in . . . Map (db m89724) HM
36Pennsylvania, Perry County, Newport — Newport Heritage Park
On Market Street (PA 34).
(Top plaque) Route of the United States Despatch Riders who entered Perry County through Sterrett’s Gap (originally Croghan’s Gap), crossed the Juniata River at Reider’s Ferry, bearing orders from the United States Government War Department . . . Map (db m89728) HM WM
37Pennsylvania, Perry County, Newport — 275 — Newport Historic DistrictNational Register of Historic Places — Newport Heritage Park —
On North 4th Street (Pennsylvania Route 849) just north of Market Street (Pennsylvania Route 34), on the right when traveling north.
Newport Historic District has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999 by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m175042) HM
38Pennsylvania, Perry County, Newport — St. Paul’s Lutheran ChurchListed on the National Register of Historic Places — Newport Heritage Park —
On Market Street (PA 34).
This Newport Heritage Park location was made possible in 2015 by the generous community spirit of the congregation of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. First recorded Lutheran services were held in Newport homes and school houses by the Rev. John W. Heim . . . Map (db m89726) HM
39Pennsylvania, Perry County, Newport — The Canal Era — Newport Heritage Park —
On Market Street (Pennsylvania Route 34) at 4th Street (Pennsylvania Route 849) on Market Street.
In November 1829, a canal boat loaded with elected officials arrived in Newport from Mifflintown. The boat was drawn by two white horses. An American flag was flying, a cannon roaring and a band playing! Thus, the canal era officially opened . . . Map (db m175051) HM
40Pennsylvania, Perry County, Newport — The Railroad Era — Newport Heritage Park —
On Market Street (Pennsylvania Route 34) at 4th Street (Pennsylvania Route 849) on Market Street.
The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) reached Newport in 1849 and connected with Pittsburgh by 1857. As with the 1829 Pennsylvania Canal, Newport area business and population increased. By the late 1800s as many as seven passenger trains a day . . . Map (db m175062) HM
41Pennsylvania, Perry County, Newport — The Settlement of Newport — Newport Heritage Park —
On Market Street (Pennsylvania Route 34) at 4th Street (Pennsylvania Route 849) on Market Street.
Three hundred million years ago tectonic plates smashed together and created the Pennsylvania Ridge and Valley Region. Over the eons tributaries fashioned the Juniata River. In what is now Newport an alluvial plain developed between two . . . Map (db m175044) HM
42Pennsylvania, Perry County, Northeast Madison Township — Fort Robinson
On Shermans Valley Road.
Pioneers' stronghold built 1755 on land of George Robinson; in use for several years as refuge from Indian attacks. The site was about a mile away on the side road.Map (db m90726) WM
43Pennsylvania, Perry County, Penn Township — Duncannon
On South Market Street north of U.S. 11/15, on the right when traveling north.
Formerly "Petersburg" Renamed for Duncan Family Founded 1844Map (db m119885) HM
44Pennsylvania, Perry County, Penn Township — 1 — Duncannon Iron Works
On Main Street south of Fisher Street, on the right when traveling south.
A large industrial complex existed from the base of the mountain to Little Juniata Creek known as the Duncannon Iron Works. A single iron forge was built in 1827 by Stephen Duncan and John Mahon. In 1832 it was operated by John Johnson & Co. until . . . Map (db m119941) HM
45Pennsylvania, Perry County, Penn Township — Pennsylvania CanalJuniata Division
On U.S. 11/15, on the right when traveling north.
This Division was built in 1828-33. It extended to the eastern end of the Allegheny Portage Railroad at Hollidaysburg, a distance of 127 miles. Just west of here, the Canal crossed the Juniata by an aqueduct which was used until 1901. Abutment and . . . Map (db m19541) HM
46Pennsylvania, Perry County, Penn Township — Veterans Memorial
On South Main Street south of Fisher Street, on the left when traveling south.
To Servicemen who served their country during all wars To all Veterans who servedMap (db m119920) WM
47Pennsylvania, Perry County, Spring Township — John Bannister Gibson
On Pennsylvania Route 850 at Mill Road on State Route 850.
Born Nov. 8, 1780, in a house near here. Chief Justice of Pennsylvania 1827-51. This was also the birthplace of William Bigler, who was Governor of Pennsylvania, 1852-55; and U.S. Senator, 1856-61.Map (db m23374) HM
48Pennsylvania, Perry County, Spring Township — John Bannister GibsonChief Justice of Pennsylvania — 1827-1851 —
On Landisburg Road (Pennsylvania Route 850) at Mill Road, on the right when traveling west on Landisburg Road.
Born November 8, 1780 in the home of his parents Colonel George Gibson and Ann West Gibson 124 northwest of this marker HIS FAME WAS UNEQUALEDMap (db m109884) HM
49Pennsylvania, Perry County, Toboyne Township — Fairview Church
On Big Spring Road (Pennsylvania Route 274), on the right when traveling south.
The township's population was much larger in the 19th century than it is today, with many of the 2,000 residents engaged in farming, tanning, milling, timbering, and other industries. The church was used from 1857 until just after World War II, . . . Map (db m163548) HM
50Pennsylvania, Perry County, Tyrone Township — Loysville Area Veterans Memorial
On Shermans Valley Road.
This plaque honors all the men and women of the Loysville Area who served in the Armed Forces during war and peace times but especially those who gave their lives in the fight for freedom and peace.Map (db m90725) WM
51Pennsylvania, Perry County, Watts Township — Pennsylvania Canal
On William Penn Highway (U.S. 22/322) at U.S. 11/15, on the right when traveling south on William Penn Highway.
This State-owned artificial water-way system, built 1826-1834, was designed to connect points like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Erie in a vast inland trade. It embraced six chief canal divisions and two railroads. Here the Susquehanna, Juniata, and . . . Map (db m19708) HM
52Pennsylvania, Perry County, Watts Township — Pennsylvania CanalSusquehanna Division
On U.S. 11/15, on the right when traveling north.
Built 1823-31; operated until 1901. It extended from Duncan's Island to Northumberland. In its 41-mile course, the Division embraced 13 locks, 7 aqueducts, old Shamokin Dam, and West Branch Towpath Bridge. Traces of the Canal can be seen at points . . . Map (db m19709) HM
 
 
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Feb. 3, 2023