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Click any photo for slide show of interesting historical aspects of Clearfield County, available through our 2 Museums, Book Store,  and Genealogy Research Center !

...visit us weekly on Sundays and Thursdays from 1:00PM to 4:30PM and enjoy many unique exhibits in our

KERR HOUSE MUSEUM, or visit the new ALEXANDER V' RESEARCH CENTER for your genealogy interests !


We are located on Clearfield's new 'Riverwalk'...while visiting us, take a mile stroll along the banks of the East and West sides of the Susquehanna River, over two picturesque bridges!

A Center for History & Learning about Clearfield County, PA.....

We invite you to explore the origins and diversity of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania and its people.


Here you can conduct research, browse our wealth of exhibits and publications, and join us in preserving and understanding our heritage as a diverse and dynamic people throughout the years.


This growing Society, a completely volunteer organization, is dedicated to the preservation of the history and memories of Clearfield County.


Our mission is maintaining and preserving records, elements, data and artifacts regarding Clearfield County's creation, origination, development and the memory of individuals responsible for its proliferation.


You can be involved as a Society Member, a volunteer, a promoter, a researcher, a financial and /or volunteer supporter in keeping the history and lore of Clearfield County alive.


Hopefully, this web presentation will stir your interest to visit our museums, research your ancestors or simply provide information you find significant and interesting!


We can be reached in person, by phone or mail ….whichever method you choose.



NEW BOOK FEATURE -"The Hills Of Home" by Jennie Smith Dixon - (click book for purchase option and details)

Cradled in a long sweeping curve of the Eastern Divide lies the beautiful countryside which is known as Sabula. If you were to stand on our hill, or for that matter, on almost any other high hill of our community, you could see the Eastern Divide in three directions - South, East, and North. Starting where you can see it in the south at Luthersburg, it passes through Home camp, along the ridge past Dodsons, crosses Route 255 near Tinkers, goes past the Ed Hoyt place, and on up to the old Conway place. There it takes a sharp westward turn, follows along the hill past the old Fossler place and on to the old pine Grove school house.

Just beyond the Ezra Bundy place it resumes its northward swing and follows along the Devils Racetrack to the old Bish farms and on to the Boone's Mountain Fire Tower. The ridges run generally in the north/south direction, but the rollingirregular hills juts off in whatever direction they so please.

These are the hills - The beautiful Hills of Home.

Sabula is a pleasant place. Down its broad gentle valleys flow the clearsparkling waters of the cold mountain springs. Sandy Lick Creek, the main stream, head up near the Divide not far from the Dunkard church. It is but a small stream as it starts, gathering up springs, runs, and little brooks as it goes. Very quietly it enters the lake at Sabula where it ripples in the wind and sparkles in the sunlight. In early springtime its dark opaque waters are rimmed with silent, hopeful fisherman. In summer it glimmers and glistens in the sunlight and echoes to the shouts and laughter of happy swimmers . . . .



1 Sabula.. .......1

2 Mists of the Past.. ....3

3 Coming of the White Man. .......7

4 Hickory Kingdom .....14

5 Sabula Community... ......32

6 Sickness and Doctoring in the Backwoods . . . . 50

7 The Allegheny Valley Railroad .....62

8 The Lumbermen.... .......76

9 The Woodsmen .......87

l0 Driving the Logs ......101

11 Lumbering Jobs. .....I07

12 Failure ... .126

13 Ghosts of the Past. . . . .133

14 Churches .. . ....141

      Epilogue ..159


Jennie Smith Dixon writes a wonderful story about early times in Sabula in Sandy Township & neighboring Huston and Union townships.   

This Historical Society and you!

The Clearfield County Historical Society is established for the expressed purpose of preserving the history, memories, artifacts and genealogy of Clearfield County and it's residents.


A non-profit, volunteer society, whose members and leaders are dedicated to maintaining the facts, culture and records of county ancestors who provided the fundamental, economic and detailed structure effecting our presence within Pennsylvania.


This web site and contents are intended to bring you closer to this significant history, giving you opportunities to participate in and with the Society and its future. It is a 'work in progress' as developments occur, resources are discovered and events become scheduled. 


You are invited to be involved in the many facets and efforts necessary to carry out the missions of this Society and the memberships goals!


As you browse the pages of this informational web site, imagine yourself, your ideas, your talents assisting the dedicated volunteers to enjoy our illustrious past.


There are plenty of links, phone numbers, addresses for you to use in making contact to express your particular interests in this regard, don't hesitate.......

     Come as fast as you can to become an involved member!



    Sincerely, the Board, Officers and all Members of this group. 


FIND US...Click the tags on this map for Museum locations ...


Clearfield County Historical Society

   511 Van Valzah Ave.
   Clearfield, PA 16830

Phone: 814-765-6125 for a brief recording... then leave your message after the beep.




 104 E. Pine St,

  Clearfield, PA 16830




  511 Van Valzah Ave.

  Clearfield, PA  16830



3. 'Bloody Knox' Cabin MUSEUM

Route #453,

Village of Kelleytown

(Madera, PA 16661)

    Our Clearfield Museum and Research Center are open weekly each Sunday and Thursday  

1:30PM to 4:30 PM.

Join us often for many retro views and historical references of Clearfield County....  __________________


Courtesy guided tours of our Museum and the 'Bloody Knox' Cabin can be arrainged year round...
phone 814-765-6125 


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