State of the Month: Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, one of the original 13 colonies, was founded by William Penn as a haven for fellow Quakers. The state motto is Virtue, Liberty and Independence. Joining the Union on December 12, 1787, Pennsylvania is nicknamed the Keystone State for its economy, culture and unique role in the founding of the United States. Philadelphia was the site of the Continental Congresses in 1774 & 1775, where in the latter, the Declaration of Independence was created setting the American Revolution into motion. After the war, Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Tourists are drawn to Pennsylvania for its artifacts from and monuments to America’s revolutionary history. Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Gettysburg, Lancaster and Harrisburg are all home to many historic sites preserving these important artifacts and buildings.
The list of things to do in Pennsylvania is endless and by all means at the encouragement of its state slogan “Pursue your Happiness!!!” Sightseeing can range from checking out the lovely Fall foliage to visiting the iconic Hershey Chocolate Factory in Hershey, PA. You can sample seasonal beers at breweries along the Susquehanna Ale Trail and/or sip Pennsylvania wines overlooking the vineyards of the beautiful Lehigh Valley.
In addition to its history, beauty and culture, Pennsylvania holds a significant role in industrial manufacturing. Scranton was the first city in America to become electrified. Titusville was the birthplace of the oil industry. Iron production began in Pennsylvania in 1716. Legendary companies hailing from Pennsylvania include Woolrich Clothing (1830), Martin Guitar (1833), Heinz Ketchup (1876), Mack Trucks (1900), Harley Davidson Motorcycles (1901) and Hershey (1903). Check out some fantastic blankets from Woolrich as well as more extraordinary items from the Keystone State below!