Happy Valley Agriculture Heritage Tour View All Itineraries Day 1: Tour the Centre Furnace Mansion – The site where, in September of 1855, local dignitaries gathered to sign the document establishing a site for the Farmer’s High School of Pennsylvania – known today as Penn State University. Tour Penn State University campus — What began as the Farmers High School of Pennsylvania is today one of the largest research universities in the country. Its foundation of agricultural studies has carried into modern times. Stop by the famous Berkey Creamery for a scoop of ice cream; stroll through the greenery at the Arboretum at Penn State. Lunch at Duffy’s Tavern/tour of Historic Boalsburg Boalsburg offers a remarkable unaltered representation of the post villages that once dotted the Pennsylvania landscape. It was very important to Penns Valley farmers, whose drovers bringing cattle to market stayed in town and boarded their herds in pens provided specifically for that purpose. Set amidst well maintained Georgian and Victorian homes, the 200-year-old Duffy’s Tavern is a Boalsburg landmark offering fine and casual dining. Tour of Boal Mansion & Columbus Chapel – Once the focal point of a 10,000 acre farm, the historic Boal Mansion is the former home of David Boal, the founder and namesake of Boalsburg, and his son, George Boal, who played a pivotal role in the founding of Penn State University through his work with the Centre County Agricultural Society. But there is more, this unique tour reveals hundreds of years of amazing family history that is intertwined with many famous national and international figures and events. The property contains rare artifacts belonging to Christopher Columbus, a relative of the wife of one of the Boal family men. Explore the unique sculptures, gardens and hedgerows of Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden, the homestead of the founder of the Grange Fair, the last remaining encampment fairs in the nation, and tour of Grange Park, home each year to Grange Fair and numerous equestrian events. Stop at nearby Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery for wine tasting Dinner at The Overlook Grill, with its breathtaking views of Penns Valley below. Day 2: Breakfast at the popular Pump Station in Boalsburg Tour of Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park – The nations’ only all-water cave –#SeeItByBoat — and wildlife park. The land above Penns Cave is a working farm! Travel to the historic communities of Millheim and Aaronsburg Three towns on the Agricultural Heritage Driving Tour personify Happy Valley’s agricultural heritage — Millheim, Aaronsburg and Hublersburg (Day 3). They exude historic character and small town charm. Amish buggies share the road with pickup trucks; museums trace the lives of frontier settlers; and former stagecoach stops serve spirited American cuisine. Traveling scenic Route 45 and Route 192 through Penns and Brush valleys, along with picturesque Route 64 in the Nittany Valley, will enable you to see many of Happy Valley’s more than 1,000 farms in areas in which it often appears as if time has stopped. In Millheim, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, lunch at Inglebean Coffee House – a rustic hip coffee house in historic Millheim featuring locally sourced food and baked goods. Still hungry? Ice cream at Inglebean ice cream – hyper local ice cream from neighboring Spring Bank Acres Amish Farm and scratch made toppings. After touring the charming town, head to Aaronsburg, which dates to 1789. Visit the Penn’s Valley Historical Museum, which traces the lives of frontier settlers in the area. Travel back to Millheim for dinner at Elk Creek Café Day 3: Breakfast at Earlystown Diner, Centre Hall Travel to Hublersburg and visit Goot Essa, an authentic Amish cheese shop. Goot Essa cheese can be found on the charcuterie plates at fine restaurants in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Tour the cheese cave, enjoy samples and watch the cheese making process. Lunch at the historic Hublersburg Inn. Travel to Bellefonte for tour/tasting at Big Spring Spirits distillery. Walking tour of Bellefonte. Check LocalHistoria.com for guided tours or pick up a self-guided tour map at the Bellefonte Train Station next to Talleyrand Park. Unwind at the end of the day at Axemann Brewery for local craft beer and cuisine from the Blonde Bistro or one of the many local food trucks on site.