About the Heritage Center
Hours of Operation:
Open Thursday - Saturday 11am - 4pm
(Closed Sunday thru Wednesday)
Group tours, any day, may be prearranged.
Location: 59 E Kittanning Street Smicksburg, PA 1625
In 1993, community residents banded together to save and promote the history and culture of the Little Mahoning Creek Valley, and the site of the present-day Old Smicksburg Park. This resulted in the creation of the Smicksburg Area Heritage Society and the John G. Schmick Heritage Center opened in 1995. The Heritage Center was located in a small building just east of the present-day building. Dale and Eileen Smith donated the present building to the Smicksburg Area Heritage Society in 2009. Community members began to turn the large building into a quality Center dedicated to preserving local history.
Inside the Heritage Center Staff members of the Heritage Center, as well as volunteers, continue to change exhibits and expand the Center collections. The Heritage Center accepts donations and loans, and occasionally purchases items to be placed on display. The Center has a small library for local genealogical research and PA history. Historical displays at the Center include many areas of interest. It was the site of the Smicksburg Post Office from 1930 to 1975. As you enter the Center, an "old- time" post office is on display.
The Heritage Center has several rooms, including a parlor, kitchen and bedroom, which show how people lived during the past.
Other exhibits located within the Heritage Center include items relating to mining, lumbering, farming, the railroad, one room school house, religious history, a tribute to the military, commerce, medicine, and local archeology. Children are welcome in the Center.