Perry County Heritage Trail Videos

Governor James Addams Beaver

Interview with John Beaver

Born in Millerstown, Pennsylvania, James Beaver (1837–1914) served in the Army during the Civil War and, in honor of his meritorious service, was promoted to brigadier general by President Lincoln. Beaver later became Pennsylvania’s 20th governor, serving from 1887 to 1891. In 1895, he was appointed as a judge on the state’s first superior court.

Canal Era

Interview with John Magil

Canals were a crucial form of transportation for Perry County throughout much of the 19th century.

Newport Fire Company

Interview with Bob Flickinger

In 1939, the Citizens' Fire Company No. 1 of Newport, Pennsylvania posed en route to the Governor Arthur Horace James' inauguration.

The Golden Age in Newport

Interview with Glen Holliman

Business was booming in Newport in the late 19th century. The first large commercial building, constructed by John Demaree in 1857, later became know as the Butz Building.

Newport's Heritage Park

Interview with Jeff Mattern

Jeff Mattern talks about the importance of honoring the heritage of Newport for residents, visitors and future generations.

Newport's Historic District

Interview with Jane Hoover

In 1998, the entire borough of Newport was designated a National Historic District. Fortunately, the borough has retained its architectural integrity over the years and looks much the same as it did in 1900.

History of the John Shaffer Inn

Interview with Ralph Halter

Ralph Halter tells his story of the John Shaffer Inn in New Buffalo, Pennsylvania.

The Ice house

Interview with Harry Focht

Before refrigeration, men cut slabs of ice from local mill ponds and stored them in large buildings nearby, to be sold later to local businesses and residents.


Interview with Jean Tuzinski

Jean Tuzinski recounts a history of the Perry County tanneries.

Newport Remembers: 1972 Flood

Created by the Newport School District

Residents and students tell the story of Newport during the flooding from Hurricane Agnes. Created with funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1997. Used by permission.

Covered Bridges of Perry County

A Barbara S. Kauffman Film

See the covered bridges of Perry County Pennsylvania.