A forum and a park
Trip Start Jan 01, 1975
51Trip End Jan 01, 2010
On to Lancaster to spend the night and eat Pennsylvania Dutch food. Back through again in April 1998 on the way to New York to march in the Easter Parade. I didn't stop, just drove through and then headed for Hershey. Spent that night in Easton, PA (almost Easter!) home of Crayola Crayons. I love Pennsylvania but the roads are awful. You can tell the minute you cross the state line.
Pennsylvania was the SECOND state.
Date: December 12, 1787
State nickname: Keystone State
Key Words: Finest, Dutch, Chocolate, Forum, St Peters
Harrisburg was settled in 1718 when John Harris opened a trading post on the Susquehanna River. It became the capital in 1812.
Many people say the present capitol is the finest in the nation. It was dedicated in 1906 and has a beautiful riverside park, museum, and Forum. Its style is called "Italian Renaissance" and it has 651 rooms and a 272-foot dome, imitating St Peter's in Rome.
Harrisburg is in "Pennsylvania Dutch" country. There are many farms and big red barns around the town. Hershey -- where all that candy is made -- is a few miles away and has a "chocolate" amusement park. Gettysburg National Military Park is not far away.
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