The Forest County History Center occupies the 1872 home of G.W. Robinson, a successful Tionesta merchant. It is tastefully ornate and retains its original oak floors and woodwork, including lovely mantels. The museum offers a wide variety of exhibits on three floors of the historic house as well as outdoor exhibits. (*note that the second floor and basement of the History Center are not yet handicapped accessible.)
Both young and old – and everyone in between – will find many things of interest in our museum. It is a fascinating, educational and even entertaining place to spend an hour or two. Below are just a few of the exhibits you can see.
Military Room – See items from every war and branch of the U.S. military in which Forest County residents participated.
Industry Room – Features items manufactured by companies in Forest County, including the Purinton Pottery Works, Marienville Glass Plant and Evenflo / Crater Manufacturing, as well as railroad and lumbering photos.
General Store – Many items once available on Forest County store shelves are displayed and will be a curiosity to the young.
Dr. Bovard’s Office – The office of a doctor who spent his entire career in Tionesta has been re-created using the items he worked with every day.
Eastlake Bedroom – Using furnishings original to the house, and other items from the era, this room shows visitors what a Victorian bedroom would have looked like.
Lumber Camp – This outdoor exhibit (developed with the assistance of the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania) is a modern representation of what a lumber camp would have looked like in the 1800s.
There is MUCH more to see at the History Center, including changing exhibits. Plan a visit to see the full collection of items, like the original press used to print The Forest Press (our weekly newspaper), tools of the local tradesmen, early household and farm tools, Victorian quilts and linens, historic clothing, local Native American artifacts, and more!