Tag - History

A park ranger speaks to visitors at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville.

National Parks Week, which runs through April 30, 2023, is a celebration of the beauty and significance of the parks system in the United States. It’s great opportunity for people to learn about the natural wonders of the country and to appreciate the efforts made to preserve them. The Laurel Highlands offers easy access to the five National…

Sarah B. Cochran was an industrialist and philanthropist from Fayette County.

Fayette County native Sarah B. Cochran rose from abject poverty to become America’s “Coal Queen,” a fierce fighter for women’s suffrage and a philanthropist who helped men and women across three states gain access to higher education. March is National Women’s History Month, and that makes it the perfect time to…

Theresa Gay Rohall

Six Secrets Behind 'The Pale Blue Eye'

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 8:00 AM by Eric Knopsnyder

Eagle-eyed viewers of “The Pale Blue Eye,” will spot a Laurel Highlands landmark in the historical fiction thriller, which has been one of the most popular movies on Netflix since its release earlier this month. For the movie, the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown was remade into Benny's Haven, the fictional tavern outside of…

Christian Bale and Harry Melling star in “The Pale Blue Eye.”

The Compass Inn Museum and Fort Ligonier make history come alive on a regular basis, but the two Laurel Highlands attractions will be doing it in an entirely new way on Thursday, Jan. 19. That’s when Fort Ligonier will host a free screening of “The Pale Blue Eye” and hold a behind-the-scenes discussion about the historical…

Brantview Farms Maple | Maple Taste & Tour

It's the sweetest season in the Laurel Highlands! Our region, specifically Somerset County, takes great pride in the tradition of tapping maple trees and producing maple syrup and other goodies. After all, it is the largest producer of maple products in the state. Celebrate the county's maple heritage while satisfying your sweet tooth at…

Stephen Towns - Ona Judge

I'm by no means an art critic. I have styles I enjoy, and can name some of my favorite artists and painters. But by and large I just go to museums to admire skill and creativity. What I didn't expect when I visited The Westmoreland Museum of American Art was for Stephen Towns' work to leap off the canvas and resonate with me in so…

Bella Terra Vineyards

Where to Take Your Out-of-Town Holiday Visitors

Friday, December 10, 2021 3:00 PM by Allyson Null

The holidays will be here before you know it, and so will your guests! If it is their first time visiting the Laurel Highlands, they are in for a treat. If they've visited before, their schedule will be jam-packed with attractions that have opened since the last time they've been in town. Show off the beautiful region you call home with…

Fall Drives

Take a Fall Drive Through the Laurel Highlands

Thursday, October 21, 2021 2:00 PM by Allyson Null

While the Laurel Highlands is certainly a four-season destination, fall is truly special. Mother Nature sets the stage for an impressive show with an array of towering trees, soaring mountain ridgelines, lush valleys, and river gorges that are ablaze in breathtaking red, orange, yellow, and bronze. With the fall leaves' colors peaking in the…

Flight 93

Flight 93: 20th Observance

Thursday, September 2, 2021 11:00 AM by Allyson Null

*GO LH has verified that this information is accurate as of Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. Please check Flight 93 National Memorial's website for updated information On September 11, 2001, four commercial airliners were hijacked in a planned attack against the United States. Two airliners were flown into the World Trade Center Twin Towers and a third…

Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival

As fall rolls in, the Laurel Highlands welcomes colorful foliage, delicious comfort food and a jam-packed season of awesome festivals. Our gorgeous rolling hillsides blanketed in red, yellow and orange serve as the perfect backdrop for some harvest season entertainment! Below is a round up of fall festivals happening in the Laurel Highlands this…

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