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Cool Towns

It's a place where neighbors greet you from spacious front porches. A place where kids play till the streetlights come on. A place that feels like home. And yet it's more-our towns are home to some surprising offerings, like artisan goat cheese in Wellsboro, Straub Beer in St. Marys, and the Little League Hall of Fame in Williamsport. Cool and quirky are part of the appeal, too-you haven't really lived until you've visited Punxsutawney Phil or participated in Red Suspender Weekend in Galeton. Intrigued? You should be!

Brookville, Jefferson County

200 Main Street Brookville PA 15825

Brookville, the county seat, is a borough in Jefferson County 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh founded in 1830.

The area was initially settled in the late 1790s upon the arrival of brothers Joseph and Andrew Barnett and Samuel Scott who established the first settlement at the confluence of the Sandy Lick and Mill Creeks in the area now known as Port Barnett. Brookville's main source of economic development throughout the 19th century was the lumber industry. Brookville's many streams and its connection to larger rivers (the Clarion and later, the Allegheny) allowed for extensive construction of lumber mills along the watersheds and the floating of timber to markets in Pittsburgh. The town enjoyed great economic success during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, serving as home to several factories, breweries, an important railroad stop for local coal and timber and briefly the Twyford Motor Car Company, which operated from 1905 to 1907 and produced the world's first 4-wheel drive automobile.

The Ambiance of a 19th Century small town awaits you in historic Brookville listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A restored Victorian Main Street offers quaint shops and striking architecture. Take a self-guided walking tour through the 90-acre historic district and stop by the new Jefferson County History Center offering exhibits, publications and gift items. The Western Pennsylvania Laurel Festival, a weeklong celebration with craft and sidewalk sales, grand parade and much more, is held here the third week of June. Each December, Brookville dresses up in hoop skirts and morning coats for their Victorian Christmas Celebration, complete with sleigh bells, carolers and decorated windows.

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