A big part of staying in Bradford—or, for some, buying property in the city—is to be near history itself. Who knows? Perhaps your family can also be part of creating new history. Nevertheless, Bradford is too interesting a town to give up living in. Given also that it’s near the New York border, it can also become a welcome substitute for a suburb.
If you’re staying at a hotel or living in Bradford, you should check out these places when you can.
The Penn-Brad Oil Museum
The Bradford Oil rush of the 19th century was a big part of why the city is currently in the historical map of the US. What better way to celebrate that by seeing the structures where people once did their trading? The Penn-Brad Oil Museum gives visitors a look into the lives of 19th century oilers.
The Crook Farm
The Crook Farm site has been moved to 476 Seaward Avenue. The significance of this site is that it allows a look towards a not-so distant past in Bradford’s rural beginnings. The Farm also shares space with the Stack Barn and replicas of a Carpenter, Blacksmith, and a Railroad Station, which has been donated.
The Seneca Allegany Casino
More a part of a luxurious vacation than a historical tour, the resort hotel and casino is owned and operated by the Seneca Nation, a group of Native-Americans residing in New York. If you found a hotel close by, you can enjoy its gaming space, restaurants, and spa that is available for visitors to the property.
The Allegheny Arms and Armor Museum
It is a rare look into one of the wars that shaped the United States as a nation. Visitors can be treated into pieces of that conflict such as the Soviet T-62 Main Battle Tank as well as a LVTP-7 Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicle. A good condition M-48 Patton is also located in the museum.
The Eldred World War II Museum
The town of Eldred in Pennsylvania has converted an old wartime era munitions plant into a museum for future generations. The museum has exhibits and a library for curious minds seeking to learn about the Second World War.
There are a lot of other sites to visit in Bradford. Perhaps, the best part of it all is to learn the history of why these became parts of history and what roles they served.