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Boalsburg, Pennsylvania is considered the birthplace of Memorial Day. This charming and patriotic small town is still reminiscent of the early 19th century, yet is located only five minutes from Penn State University. Boalsburg has it all: charming hotels, bed & breakfast accommodations, casual and fine dining restaurants, and unique specialty shops, all with the added benefit of old-fashioned small town charm.
In addition to Boalsburg's lovely local Victorian style bed and breakfast accommodations, Boalsburg also boasts many historical and educational attractions, including the Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum, which boasts peices of the "true cross" and the Pennsylvania Military Museum 28th Division Shrine with daily tours. Visit the Boalsburg Heritage Museum for more info on all available tours.
Each year, locals and tourists come together to participate in the traditional Memorial Day celebration. This festival attracts nearly 25,000 visitors and includes a parade, a community walk to the cemetery, arts and crafts, military reenactments, and more.
Pop by this quaint town just minutes from downtown State College for your history fix.
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