Endless Mountains

endlessmts_posterThe Endless Mountains Heritage Region is a complex and dynamic cultural landscape that fuses past and present, natural and human forces. Vegetation, building types, transportation routes, archeological resources, and scenic vistas are all important pieces that together make up the region’s historic landscape.

Cultivating Agriculture…

end_farmThe unmatched rural landscapes of this region would bear witness to the evolution of farming. As population levels grew in the early 19th century, for example and communities grew, the region witnessed the development of the rich agricultural landscape and network of small towns that remain largely intact today. Just some of the places you’ll want to visit that capture this incredible era are the Bradford County Farm Museum, Gardiner’s Farm, the Earl A. Browning Farm B & B and the annual Troy Fair.

Rich in Resources…

The logging, tanning and mining industries flourished in the Endless Mountains in the latter half of the 19th Century as communities and infrastructure grew. Stewardship of the land was given little thought and by the turn of the century portions of the region experienced ecological devastation. In the early 20th Century, the industries began to decline and the Civilian Conservation Corps was brought in to replant the region’s mountains — areas today that are prized recreational areas — these include Rickett’s Glen andWorld’s End State Parks.

Building Community…

end_amishCultural traditions are significant in the Endless Mountains. Ethnic groups have long enriched and added depth to the character of the region. Eighteenth-century French settlers at Azilum, nineteenth-century Irish and Welsh canal workers and miners, and the Italians and Eastern Europeans who succeeded them in the twentieth century have left their distinctive marks all over the region’s names, foods, architecture and events. You can see this influence at the Tioga Point Museum, the Old Mill Village Museum, the Bradford County Historical Society, the Baldwin House and at many, many other places throughout the region.

Over Hill Over Dale…

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries the Endless Mountains experience an era of industrial expansion, fueled by regional transportation improvements. Today, these remarkable achievements of their time can still be seen including the Nicholson Bridge, also known as the Historic Tunkhannock Viaduct, the Knapps and Forksville covered bridges and the Susquehanna and NY RR Freight Station.