Visit Our Properties!
The Clinton County Historical Society invites travel agents and tour bus operators to consider visiting our beautiful Central Pennsylvania Region. We will create a wonderful day-long experience, starting with a tour of the Historical Society's Heisey House Museum and Ice House, and at your option, progressing to our other properties including the Barton Street School, the Farrandsville Iron Furnace and the Castanea Railroad Station. Want to know more about the Heisey House and Museum?
Please call 570-748-7254 in advance to book your tour since all our group guided tours begin at the Heisey House and are customized to meet your needs. Most tours of the house take about two hours. We welcome picnic lunches on the grounds, which are equipped with picnic tables. We encourage people to visit our gift shop. If you decide not to tour our other properties, we encourage you to explore nearby downtown Lock Haven, visit the Piper Aviation Museum, Millbrook Playhouse [evenings June through August] or just take a stroll along the river and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Central Pennsylvania.
Group Tour admission is $3.00 per person with complimentary admission for tour leaders and bus drivers.
Individuals and families are encouraged to stop in for a personalized tour. As you step into the past, you experience the Victorian Era, learn about our lumbering industry, the canals and antique tools used over 100 years ago.
Tour rates are $3.00 per person in a group of 6 or more, Members are free. Donations thankfully accepted.
There is no need to make an appointment to tour the Heisey but groups need a prior arrangement.
We encourage participation by area school districts and work closely with educators to offer the children a memorable and educational experience of their visit to our Society. As with group tours, we customize your tour and ask you call ahead to make reservations.
Hours of Visitation
Wednesday and Thursday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Last tour leaves at 1:00 p.m.
Other Hours by Appointment
Closed for Thanksgiving & Christmas
We are located off Route 220 in Historic Lock Haven along the Susquehanna River at 362 East Water Street, 90 miles north of Harrisburg, 45 minutes east of State College and 30 minutes West of Williamsport.
Visit our gift shop!
We have a collection of pamphlets, prints, books on local history, mugs, and postcards.
Barton Street School
The Barton Street School House is a one room school house dating from 1874. It was transferred to the Historical Society in 1995 and houses memorabilia from local fire companies, early 20th century Lock Haven history and the military.
Castanea Railroad Station
Much of Clinton County's History is tied to railroads. Local railroads carrying logs, coal, and passengers joined with larger systems, providing endless market potential. The former Lock Haven Station of the Beech Creek, Southern and Clearfield Railroad, located in Castanea and constructed in 1883, is a fine example of Victorian architecture. Owned by the Clinton County Historical Society, it presently houses the Clinton Central Model Railroad Club and their layout of model trains and railroad memorabilia. Visit their website at www.ccmrr.org.
Also on site are an informational kiosk, in the shape of a 1930s water tank and a restored 1941 caboose and boxcar.
By 1857, six iron furnaces had been constructed in Clinton County. Of these, only two remain -- one at Farrandsville, located 5.2 miles north of Lock Haven, and the other on state forest land accessible only to the experienced outdoor enthusiast.
Completed in 1837, the Farrandsville Iron Furnace was the first and largest coke-fired hot-blast iron furnace in North America, reaching a height of 54 feet. An excellent example of dry masonry construction it produced 50 tons of high quality pig iron per week using equipment imported from Scotland. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Commercial brick making in Clinton County began in the early 19th Century and was then associated with the Iron making Industry. The first firebrick made in Pennsylvania was produced in Farrandsville. Bricks made in Clinton County are visible in the Walkways at the Heisey Museum.
Heisey House Museum
The Heisey Museum is part of a brick Federal farmhouse built about 1831 by Dr. John Henderson of Huntington County who married a daughter of John Fleming, a local landowner. Jerry Church, the founder of Lock Haven lived here when the building was used as a tavern, run by John and Walter Develing. Although Church and the Devlings both owned the property, the dwelling reverted back to the Hendersons in 1852 when Dr. William J. Henderson practiced medicine here. An extensive collection from our archaeological dig is on display in the Boyd Grieb Ice House.
What is a Geocache?
Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache's existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache.(taken from the Geocaching.com website) See if you can find all the geocaches!
Clinton County Historical Society 362 E. Water Street Lock Haven, PA 17745
1941 Restored Caboose
See our informational brochure! (Thanks to Gail Berguson and Leadership Clinton County!) This carefully restored PRR caboose is now equipped for short term rental from April to October.
Through the generosity of Steve and Pamela Poorman, we recently acquired the historic church building next to the Heisey Museum. Work is in progress to transform this space into climate controlled storage, display and collect space and a meeting room that will be available to other non-profits in the community.