2017-12-01 / Shorts

Old Home Day

A new way to tour Historic Bellefonte
Jennifer Fabiano

The Bellefonte Woman’s Club has found a way to bring innovation to old traditions. Due to the club’s efforts, the 2017 Bellefonte Victorian Christmas celebration will feature a new event — the History on Wheels Guided Bus Tour and Homes Tour. On Saturday, Dec. 9, the bus tours will begin at the Train Station on High Street and provide attendees with a look at Bellefonte that they’ve never seen before.

The bus will make multiple stops around town, allowing for some past and present Bellefonte residents to come on board and share their stories. The bus tour will include stories from famous Bellefonte residents such as Andrew Curtin, the governor of Pennsylvania during the Civil War.

Alongside that traditional history, visitors also will be regaled with some romance stories that are rumored to have taken place in Bellefonte, according to Mary Kay Justice, chair of the guided tours event.

“The focus for the event is on buildings, but we’re more focusing on the people inside those buildings,” Justice says. “It’s designed to take a look at not just back then, not just today, but a long-term view of a community and its richness.”

The final stop on Linn Street will feature tours of two historic Bellefonte homes. The first, the home of Millie Ragosta, was partly constructed with materials that came from the Bellefonte High School building, which burned down in 1939. The second, belonging to Bob and Tammy Shuster, was built by a Bellefonte lumberman in 1883. Now a bed and breakfast, the home retains many of its original features.
Justice says that there will be special guest tour hosts throughout the day, including Mayor Tom Wilson and the Bellefonte Area Superintendent Michelle Saylor.

The tour is $20 per person. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at Plumb’s Drug Store, Woodring’s Floral Gardens on Allegheny Street and the Train Station. Day-of tickets will be available at the Train Station only.

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