“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Perry County Pennsylvania Historical Markers

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By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
Pennsylvania Canal Marker
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Amity Hall — Pennsylvania CanalSusquehanna Division
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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Dromgold — Dromgold Farm
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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Dromgold — William Bigler
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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Duncannon — Lightning Guider Sleds
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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Duncannon — Pennsylvania CanalJuniata Division
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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Duncannon — Pennsylvania Canal
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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Junction — Fort Robinson
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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Liverpool — Dr. Reifsnyder
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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Liverpool — Millersburg Ferry
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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Loysville — Loysville Area Veterans Memorial
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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Marysville — Rockville Bridge
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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Millerstown — James A. Beaver
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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Millerstown — World War Memorial1917 - 1919
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
Pennsylvania (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. 1908 — Map (db m53665) HM
Pennsylvania (Perry County), New Bloomfield — Carson Long Military Institute
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
Pennsylvania (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 Institute — Map (db m53661) HM
Pennsylvania (Perry County), New Bloomfield — New Bloomfield World War I Memorial
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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), New Bloomfield — Perry County
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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), New Bloomfield — Perry County Civil War Memorial
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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Newport — Newport Fugitive Slave Rescue
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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Newport — Newport Heritage Park
(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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Newport — St. Paul’s Lutheran ChurchListed on the National Register of Historic Places — Newport Heritage Park
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. . . . — Map (db m89726) HM

Pennsylvania (Perry County), Sherman Dale — John Bannister Gibson
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
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Shermans Dale — John Bannister GibsonChief Justice of Pennsylvania — 1827-1851
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 UNEQUALED — Map (db m109884) HM
Pennsylvania (Perry County), Sterrett's Gap — The Route of United States Army Despatch Riders / Confederate Soldiers Farthest Advance
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

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