has kept its atmosphere
historic character for almost 200 years.
to the Boalsburg Diamond come to
visit the shops and
restaurants and to soak up that small-town
feeling. People who live here and own
businesses strive to maintain the town's
into Boalsburg is literally stepping back
in time, to the days in which most Americans
lived in small villages and towns. Here
you walk to the post office to pick up
your mail, walk to the cafe for a bite
of lunch, go ice skating in the nearby
park, sit on the front porch and snooze.
year Boalsburg puts on a
traditional Memorial Day
celebration complete with a parade, a
community walk to the cemetery, speeches,
arts and crafts sale, military reenactments
and much more. The three day week-end
attracts nearly 25,000 visitors.
Boalsburg Plans Annual Memorial Day Celebration
May 29, 2006 (Boalsburg, PA) - In a quiet Boalsburg cemetery in 1864, Emma Hunter, Sophie Keller and Elizabeth Myers gave birth to what would later become an American tradition – honoring our fallen soldiers. Out of that quiet moment was born Memorial Day, a holiday when we remember those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms.
In 2006, the village of Boalsburg will celebrate its place in history as the birthplace of Memorial Day with a daylong festival, culminating in a 6:00 PM ceremony of rememberance in the same cemetary Emma Hunter, Sophie Keller and Elizabeth Myers visited in 1864. The local Girl Scout Troop 1184 will decorate fallen soldiers graves for the 142nd time.
Throughout the day, nearly 20,000 residents will have a chance to spend a day in town, tempting their taste buds with local foods and shopping for wares from artisans across the Northeast. Three museums in Boalsburg- the Boalsburg Heritage Museum, the Boal Mansion and the Pennsylvania Military Museum- will have family oriented activities throughout the day, including an encampment by Civil War re-enactors.
The day kicks off with a Fun Run at Blue Spring Park at 8:30 AM. The festival runs from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and features local musicians, a traditional Maypole dance and local artisans. The 6:00 PM service caps the day with a community address by Earl Kessler. Mr. Kessler is a World War II veteran and former prisoner-of-war who has devoted his life to serving his community.
Boalsburg welcomes group tours to the
village shops and museums. To arrange
a day tour for your organization contact
the Centre County Visitors Bureau
at 800-358-5466 .
and Harris Township
Attractions - Columbus Chapel
and Boal Mansion Museum, PA Military
Museum, Boalsburg Heritage Museum
- Duffy's, Brewer's Café, Kelly's
Steak and Seafood
events - Music at the
Memorial Day, People's Choice Festival
Heritage Festival (Saturday
before Columbus Day),
Columbus Ball (Saturday
before Columbus Day),
the Hometown Christmas (First
Saturday in December)