Hot Spots With History: 8 Repurposed Historical Sites in Pennsylvania

Flagship City Food Hall in Erie (Photo: Visit PA)

By Ashley Adams

January 4, 2023

Enjoy a modern day or night out while learning about Pennsylvania’s history at any one of these repurposed historical sites.

Pennsylvania has a long, rich history and many great locations where you can learn all about it.

You can brush up on the commonwealth’s past when visiting these historic hotels, churches, and jails that have been repurposed into new hangouts. Don’t miss out on visiting some of Pennsylvania’s hot spots with history!

Flagship City Food Hall

Flagship City Food Hall in Erie is in the former iconic bar Sherlock’s Park Place that stood for more than 40 years. It still features the original brick archways and other architectural features created to reflect the history of the surrounding community.

Lebanon Farmers Market

The Lebanon Farmers Market in Lebanon is at the site of the former county jail where, in the 1870s, the murder trial and eventual hanging of the “Blue Eyed Six” took place. The jail burned down in the 1890s and the Market House was built. 

Battlefield Brew Works

Battlefield Brew Works is a brewery and distillery in Gettysburg. It occupies a historic Civil War building that was used as one of the largest Confederate field hospitals after the Battle of Gettysburg. The building, an original Pennsylvania Dutch brick end barn, was built in 1848. 

Hot Spots With History: 8 Repurposed Historical Sites in Pennsylvania
Battlefield Brew Works in Gettysburg (Photo: Visit PA)

Jack’s Firehouse Restaurant

Jack’s Firehouse is located in a 19th century Philadelphia firehouse. Although it has been restored, there are still many original elements including a mahogany interior, wood plank floors, large wooden doors, and even a fire pole.

Carmen’s 2.0 Restaurant

Carmen’s 2.0  is located in the historic Grand Station Lobby of the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton. Built in 1906, the building still retains many of its original French Renaissance inspired architectural elements, including a Tiffany glass ceiling.

Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center

The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center—a destination for aspiring meteorologists—is located in a Classical Revival-style former US Post Office that was built in 1914 in Punxsutawney.

Hot Spots With History: 8 Repurposed Historical Sites in Pennsylvania
Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center (Photo: Visit PA)

Kane Historic Preservation Society

In the early 1870s, the Kane Depot in Kane was a working railroad station. Now it is home to the Kane Historic Preservation Society. Thanks to preservation efforts by the organization, the building still features most of the original exterior and interior elements.

Mr. Smalls Theatre

Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale is an 800-seat theater and concert hall located in the former Catholic church of St. Ann’s built in 1924. It still features the former church’s high ceilings and stained-glass front window.


  • Ashley Adams

    In her 16 years in the communications industry, Ashley Adams has worn many hats, including news reporter, public relations writer, marketing specialist, copy editor and technical writer. Ashley grew up in Berks County and has since returned to her roots to raise her three children.

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