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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Brookville, Pennsylvania

 
Clickable Map of Jefferson 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 Jefferson County, PA (72) Armstrong County, PA (23) Clarion County, PA (29) Clearfield County, PA (65) Elk County, PA (14) Forest County, PA (16) Indiana County, PA (36)  JeffersonCounty(72) Jefferson County (72)  ArmstrongCounty(23) Armstrong County (23)  ClarionCounty(29) Clarion County (29)  ClearfieldCounty(65) Clearfield County (65)  ElkCounty(14) Elk County (14)  ForestCounty(16) Forest County (16)  IndianaCounty(36) Indiana County (36)
Brookville is the county seat for Jefferson County
Brookville is in Jefferson County
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ADJACENT TO JEFFERSON COUNTY
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1Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — American & Commercial Hotels — Historic Brookville
Brookville's early growth can be attributed to its strategic location along the Susquehanna and Waterford Turnpike, a toll road which was completed in 1822 from the Susquehanna River in Clearfield County northwest to Waterford in Erie County. This . . . Map (db m176972) HM
2Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Auto Service Station & Hilton's Diner — Historic Brookville
[Left text and photo] Sandt's Auto Service Station Walter J. Sandt, brother of local aviation pioneer Earle Sandt (aka "Brookville's Bird Man"), established the Walter J. Sandt Company when he installed an underground gasoline tank in front . . . Map (db m176846) HM
3Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Baker Buick Co. Building — 1919 — Historic Brookville —
Constructed of structural tile produced by Brookville's Humphrey Brick & Tile Co., this is the town's oldest remaining structure built [and] designed expressly for the automobile industry. Originally built for the Baker Buick Company, it later . . . Map (db m176683) HM
4Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Birds — Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
TOP ROW American Crow: Aggressive and intelligent, crows live in family groups and prey on carrion and other bird nests. They frequently harass large predatory birds like hawks and owls. Black-capped Chickadee: Small friendly birds, . . . Map (db m195311) HM
5Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Brookville Beginnings — Historic Brookville
"I was born in Brookville when wolves howled almost nightly on what is now known as our 'Fair Ground'; when the pine in its lofty pride leaned gloomily over every hillside; when the woods around our shanty town was the home of many wild animals . . . Map (db m176801) HM
6Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Brookville YMCA — 1916 — Historic Brookville —
The YMCA was established in Brookville in 1905. This building was erected by contractor Raymond H. Richards from designs by DuBois architect Harrington & Howard, using the Colonial Revival style with terra cotta trim on the exterior. The "Y" has . . . Map (db m177785) HM
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7Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Carrier-Humphrey House — 1897 — Historic Brookville —
This late Victorian home was constructed by master builder Daniel Baumgardner for Griswold Buell Carrier (1831-1900), a Jefferson County farmer and lumberman. Carrier was also a director of the Jefferson County Agricultural Society and Driving . . . Map (db m176620) HM
8Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Carrier-Shields Store — 1894 — Historic Brookville —
Griswold B. Carrier built this small store and owned it for just three years before selling it to grocer William Shields who lived in the house immediately to the left. The two buildings were connected by a passageway which has been closed. During . . . Map (db m176616) HM
9Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Central Hotel — 1876 — Historic Brookville —
Located on this site was the 1832 Franklin House, the first brick hotel erected in Jefferson County. Richard Arthurs (1811-1892) erected the Central Hotel, which originally had a lavish 3-story balcony on the facade. In 1894, two large windows . . . Map (db m177222) HM
10Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Clearcuts & Conservation — Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
Today the forests of Western Pennsylvania are known for vast acres of black cherry, maple and other hardwoods. However, the makeup of the forest was not always this way. In the 18th century, eastern hemlock, American beech, white pine and oak . . . Map (db m195241) HM
11Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Courage Rock — Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
It was late autumn in 1911, when a local businessman suggested to Stahlman that the names under which the rocks had been dedicated ought to be cut on them. He began this process shortly afterward, inscribing a few rocks with a railroad spike . . . Map (db m195685) HM
12Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Darrah-Corbet House — 1872 — Historic Brookville —
One of Main Street's finest domestic buildings, this Renaissance Revival residence features an exterior of rusticated wood blocks fashioned to simulate stone. Built as the home of lumberman E.H. Darrah (1826-1890) who was active in timbering both . . . Map (db m177832) HM
13Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Discover Elk Scenic Drive
our history There's no telling exactly how many elk once roamed free throughout Pennsylvania. From the Allegheny National Forest to Kettle Creek State Park, the loud bugles of the male bulls could be heard calling the female cows to mate. . . . Map (db m206946) HM
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14Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Dr. William J. McKnight — (1836-1918)
A physician turned senator, he coauthored an act in 1883 that established a board to oversee the distribution of unclaimed bodies to medical schools for anatomical study. In effect, it made grave robbery illegal and promoted the advancement of . . . Map (db m133509) HM
15Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Edward B. Henderson House — 1894 — Historic Brookville —
Queen Anne style residential building constructed as the private home of druggist and Associate Judge E.B. Henderson. Octagonal corner tower and Palladian window on facade. Present porch ornament installed in 1909, in a Neo-Classical mode. First . . . Map (db m176621) HM
16Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Elijah Heath — (1796-1875)
Outspoken abolitionist and judge, in 1835 Heath and others rescued two fugitive slaves, Charles Brown and William Parker. Heath, a Brookville resident, was sued by a Virginia slaveholder and fined for his actions. Undeterred, Heath continued his . . . Map (db m42907) HM
17Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — English-Shields House — 1874 — Historic Brookville —
Built as the home of Daniel English, a local architect-builder who was responsible for the construction of the Jefferson and Clarion County Court Houses. After 1897 it was home to William Shields (1859-1935), a Brookville grocer active in . . . Map (db m176618) HM
18Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Faith Rock — Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
A central theme for Stahlman is his belief that his rock plan fulfills a prophecy set out in the King James Version of Isaiah. At least three rocks, including Faith Rock, contain this verse from Isaiah 33:16: HIS PLACE OF DEFENSE SHALL BE . . . Map (db m195687) HM
19Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Frederick E. Knapp, Photographer — Historic Brookville
Frederick Knapp (1869-1948) documented the people, places and events around Brookville from 1898 to 1944. His enchanting studio portraits include prominent men and beautiful women, soldiers of two world wars, young boys and their first deer, young . . . Map (db m177184) HM
20Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Henderson Tin Shop — 1860 — Historic Brookville —
Greek Revival style commercial building which was the only building on this block to survive the Fire of 1876. Built as the tinware and stove shop of Judge Joseph Henderson (1814-1896). His residence still stands immediately to the left of the . . . Map (db m176684) HM
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21Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — House on the Rock — Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
This rock was described by Stahlman in 1907 as the location where he first came to the woods and repeatedly prayed more than 150 times in solitude, from the spring of 1907 through June of 1908. It was also here that he began giving his first public . . . Map (db m195326) HM
22Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Impoverished Supplicant — Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
Two major, interrelated themes are found repeatedly among Stahlman's writings and engravings. First, he appears to embrace his impoverished existence as essential to attaining spiritual purity and as a test of his faith and evidence of divine . . . Map (db m195697) HM
23Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Inspiration or Insanity? — Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
According to The Brookville Republican, Douglas Stahlman was committed to the local jail on August 20, 1915. The paper further states that "a commission was appointed to examine him which declared him insane, and he was sent to the county home." . . . Map (db m195997) HM
24Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — James T. Carroll House and Shop — 1876 — Historic Brookville —
J.T. Carroll (1829-1895) was a Brookville cobbler who was also associated with James K. Hamilton in the manufacture of harnesses. Described as a "veteran shoemaker," in an 1888 county history, Carroll built this Italianate style residence and . . . Map (db m177788) HM
25Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Jefferson County
Formed March 26, 1804 out of Lycoming County and named for President Thomas Jefferson. Until 1806 attached to Westmoreland County, then to Indiana County until 1830. Noted for its coal and lumber industries. Brookville, county seat, was incorporated . . . Map (db m42908) HM
26Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Jefferson County Courthouse & Jail — Historic Brookville
With Brookville being named the county seat in 1830, officials planned and contracted the construction of the Jefferson County courthouse and jail that same year. The two-story stone jail building in the rear came first. Next came the brick . . . Map (db m177218) HM
27Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Jefferson County National Bank — 1926 — Historic Brookville —
Handsome facade of granite and terra cotta, constructed by Brookville builder John H. Carr & Son from designs by Brooklyn architect A. Stanley Miller. The bank was first organized in 1878 by Thomas K. Litch, Paul Darling, and J.B. Henderson. . . . Map (db m176705) HM
28Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Judge Henry Truman House — 1890 — Historic Brookville —
Designed in the Queen Anne style with a variety of materials and using a typically irregular floor plan. Especially notable is the handsome oriel window on the right side. Hon. Henry Truman (1836-1930) was a native of England who came to Sigel, . . . Map (db m177827) HM
29Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Kelso-Reitz Building — 1902 — Historic Brookville —
Built by merchant William Kelso as a furniture store. In 1909 the western portion was erected by Kelso's son-in-law, Rufus G. Reitz, for use as Brookville's Post Office. Now owned by the Galbraith Family, this structure has been used as a . . . Map (db m176623) HM
30Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Korean and Vietnam Wars Memorial
In honor of all Jefferson County citizens killed in action during the Korean War Myron H. Reed • Robert E. Smith • Wilbur L. Conrad John E. Crawford • Glenn F. Dinger • Morgan Glinkerman Walter L. Hughes • Harry R. Hughey • Richard D. . . . Map (db m177429) WM
31Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Lewis Earle Sandt — (1888-1913)
A pioneer aviator, Sandt was the first American to make an international flight, from Erie to Canada, in 1912. Like many early pilots, he died as a result of crash injuries a year later. His efforts helped spur popular interest in flight. He lived . . . Map (db m42909) HM
32Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Long & Pearsall Building — 1874 — Historic Brookville —
J.E. Long and George A. Pearsall erected this Italianate building in 1874 for their hardware business. It also housed the printing office of the Brookville Jeffersonian, the Knights of Pythias, and the American Legion. The first floor was used as . . . Map (db m176696) HM
33Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Main Street — Historic Brookville
[Historical postcard views of Main Street's evolution] [Captions, counterclockwise from top, read] • Circa 1890 • Circa 1915 • Circa 1960Map (db m176830) HM
34Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Main Street — Historic Brookville
[Historic photos, clockwise from top left] • Circa 1910 • Circa 1920 • Knapp Panorama 1914Map (db m177773) HM
35Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Marlin Opera House — Historic Brookville
Silas J. Marlin returned home to Brookville after the Civil War. Using his fortune made in the lumber industry, he began building the Marlin Opera House Block in the spring of 1883. Today the building includes retail spaces and offices, but it . . . Map (db m176987) HM
36Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Marlin Opera House Block — 1883-1886 — Historic Brookville —
Col. Silas J. Marlin's imposing business block is especially notable for its lavish wood cornice, described when new as "the neatest and handsomest in town." The two storefronts on the left side are the only 19th-century shop fronts left in the . . . Map (db m176847) HM
37Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Mary Gilbert — Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
Mary Gilbert lived near Port Barnett and worked as a private nurse in the area. The traditional oral history tells us that Stahlman became obsessed with the idea that he and Miss Gilbert were predestined to be married. In August, 1913, Mary was . . . Map (db m195332) HM
38Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — McCracken Building — Historic Brookville
After many years of hard work in Eldred Township, farmer John McCracken retired to Brookville in 1864 at the age of 60 and assumed control of the Union Hotel (southwest corner of Main and White). In 1868, McCracken began construction of a . . . Map (db m176811) HM
39Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — McCracken-Fetzer-McKinley Building — 1868 — Historic Brookville —
Distinctive for its belvedere at the peak of the hip roof, this structure was built by hotelier John McCracken (1813-1891), whose Union Hotel remains across White Street to the West. The earliest surviving public performance hall in Brookville, . . . Map (db m176614) HM
40Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — McKnight Building — 1871 — Historic Brookville —
Italianate commercial building constructed for pharmacist (later State Senator) W.J. McKnight. McKnight's Drug Store operated from this building for more than a century. Third floor originally contained a fraternal lodge hall. Brookville's first . . . Map (db m176716) HM
41Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — New Jefferson Hotel & Columbia Theater — Historic Brookville
1828 Originally known as the Globe Hotel this early Brookville hotel had a succession of owners in its first few decades of operation. In 1857, the owner of the building at the time, C. N. Kretz, renamed the structure the Jefferson . . . Map (db m177835) HM
42Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Park Geology — Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
The Scripture Rocks are a type of rock called sandstone. Sandstone is composed of rounded grains of river sand that became cemented together to make a hard durable stone. This sand was deposited 320 million years ago when western Pennsylvania was a . . . Map (db m195312) HM
43Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Paul Darling
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44Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Pennsylvania Memorial Home
Established in 1890 by Kate Scott and Annie Wittenmyer of the Woman’s Relief Corps, an advocate for Civil War veterans. It was the first home in the nation to accept not only former soldiers, but also their wives, children, widows, and orphans.Map (db m148916) HM
45Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Port Barnett Rock Shelter — Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
This site was recorded with the Carnegie Museum archaeological survey in 1979 by Ken Burkett and Ray Fitzgerald as Site #36Je55. Most of the diagnostic chipped stone artifacts recovered during the excavation are projectile points made of . . . Map (db m195691) HM
46Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Railroad House — Historic Brookville
Built in 1851 by John McCall, the Railroad House was one of many hotels in Brookville. It offered a comfortable room along with a place to stable one's horse for the night. The Railroad House was purchased by John McCracken during the Civil War . . . Map (db m176807) HM
47Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Railroad House Hotel — 1851 — Historic Brookville —
Hotelier John R. McCall engaged master builder Thomas M. Barr to build this hotel in response to the busy trade along the Susquehanna and Waterford Pike. It operated under a number of proprietors through the years, including Robert R. Means, John . . . Map (db m176609) HM
48Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Richard Arthurs Building — 1885 — Historic Brookville —
Built by entrepreneur Richard Arthurs (1850-1910), this building originally contained three separate storerooms. The first tenant in the easternmost room was G.W. Stewart & Co., a shoe factory which in 1886 was projected to employ 125. Later . . . Map (db m177781) HM
49Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Rock Shelters — Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
Rock Shelters are naturally occurring overhangs in the sandstone cliff face that can provide natural protection from wind, rain and snow. The two small shelters on the hillside above you were both utilized at various times during the past as . . . Map (db m195688) HM
50Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Rodgers-Canning-McKinley Block — 1877 — Historic Brookville —
Dr. Mark Rodgers was a local merchant-physician who built this Italianate commercial building to house his business, which in 1878 was described in the newspaper as "the finest store, with the best light and ventilation in town." From 1902-1929, the . . . Map (db m176699) HM
51Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — The Full Bible Standard — Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
Occasionally Stahlman's engravings display iconography as well as text. This rock describes what Stahlman calls The Full Bible Standard. One of the common themes of his overall plan is that his message was essentially non-sectarian, as he . . . Map (db m195700) HM
52Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — The Ice Age — Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
The landscape of the Scripture Rocks Park was largely shaped during the ice age 24,000 to 12,000 years ago when continental glaciers nearly 2 miles thick covered most of Canada and portions of the northern United States. The glacier did not reach . . . Map (db m195999) HM
53Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — The Writing on the Wall — Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
This engraving is part of a rock cluster that addresses the local clergy, including a prominent area clergyman, Dr. J. Bell Neff, the District Superintendent of the Methodist Church. Here Stahlman quotes the Book of Daniel and refers to the . . . Map (db m195463) HM
54Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Uriah Matson Building — 1858 — Historic Brookville —
Pioneer merchant Uriah Matson constructed this as a hotel, but it never saw this use, instead it housed a variety of businesses including the dry goods stores of Sol Kaufman and G. Loebman, L.A. Leathers' grocery, the Brookville Hardware Co., and . . . Map (db m176703) HM
55Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Veil-Lifting — Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
Stahlman’s rock plan was not a single flash of inspiration, but rather a series of revelations over time. Central to his plan was the dedication of individual rocks in a manner similar to how religious communities dedicated a new church. . . . Map (db m195314) HM
56Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Verstine-Sandt Building — 1882 — Historic Brookville —
Built by lumberman Bernard Verstine for his son-in-law George Sandt, Brookville's first graduate pharmacist. Verstine's Hall, a small performance facility, was on the second floor and hosted local talent as well as travelling shows. The Sandt Drug . . . Map (db m177776) HM
57Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Veterans Memorial
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58Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — W.F. Clark Bank Building — 1872 — Historic Brookville —
In the days before national banking laws, private banks were found in many communities. William F. Clark established a banking house in 1869 and built this building as its home three years later. Clark's bank closed in 1879; in 1881 Ira Fuller . . . Map (db m176656) HM
59Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — War Memorial — World War II • Korea • Vietnam
We dedicate to those who served and to all those who serve in the convenience and defense of the United States Dedicated by the citizens of Jefferson County Nov. 11, 1984 ---------- MG08 Machine Gun WWI Refurbished by Lance . . . Map (db m177006) WM
60Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — Welcome to the Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
The Scripture Rocks Heritage Park was dedicated June 2016 by the Jefferson County History Center as a public access site where visitors can explore 4.5 acres of a forested hillside near Port Barnett containing the largest rock art site known in . . . Map (db m195164) HM
61Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — World War II Memorial
In honor of all Jefferson County Citizens Killed in Action during World War II Arthur E. Allison • Joe N. Ananea • Don Anthony • William B. Aulenback Arden P. Bailey • Charles Bair • Henry R. Ballentine • John L. Barber Thomas E. . . . Map (db m177647) WM
62Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — World War Memorial — 1917 • 1918
Memorial erected by the People of Jefferson County in honor and memory of those who served our country in the World War that their names may live with their valor In memory of those who gave their lives in this great . . . Map (db m177648) WM
63Pennsylvania (Jefferson County), Brookville — YMCA — Historic Brookville
Brookville's YMCA organized sometime before 1905 and operated from Mechanic's Hall. In June, 1915, this wooden building burned down. Citizens quickly responded, raising $41,158 in only a week. This fundraising campaign helped contribute to the . . . Map (db m177772) HM
 
 
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Dec. 6, 2022