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Bellefonte, "Central Pennsylvania's Victorian Secret," is located 10 miles from Penn State University, and is named after the natural spring located in the center of town. This charming town was established in 1795 and has been home to seven Pennsylvania governors and hosts stunning examples of Victorian architecture.
The shopping in Bellefonte is ideal for collectors with its numerous antique stores and gift shops. Bellefonte also features several charming bed and breakfasts waiting to welcome vacationers and business travelers looking for something a little closer to home.
For those planning to visit Bellefonte in Spring, make sure to attend the Big Spring Festival, which takes place during the third weekend in May. This annual festival offers great entertainment, crafts, trout stocking, food, music, and more. Don't miss JazzPA, Bellefonte's annual summer Jazz celebration. Other fun stops include the Annual Bellefonte Arts & Crafts Fair, the American Philatelic Society, Big Spring Spirits distillery in the historic Match Factory, Victorian Christmas and more.
Bellefonte is a photographer's dream and is often the subject of local and amateur photographers alike. The waterfront walkway alonside Talleyrand Park has long been a favorite for wedding, graduation and fall foliage photographers. While you're there, stop into our satellite visitor center in the train station.
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