Homestead Trail (Blue Blazed) Professional Review and Guide
"The park’s rich history dates back to the settlement of Jacobsburg in 1740. The preserved structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The significance of the park’s history dates back to the gun-making endeavors of William Henry. A gun factory and iron forge were built here and run by the Henrys. The factory produced firearms for all of our nation’s early major conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. Firearms were also crafted and sold to John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Company (one of the biggest business enterprises of the nineteenth century) and pioneers of the western frontier. The guns were known for their durability, accuracy, and low cost. The Jacobsburg Historical Society offers unique programs throughout the year, including classes in gunmaking and blacksmithing. The Homestead Trail is an easy ride in the southeast section of the park. The route crisscrosses and doubles back over itself, so certain trails will seem familiar. Highlights include: historic site of Jacobsburg, established 1740; historic buildings; Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center; fishing; creek crossings. Tread: a mix of cinder-coated singletrack, open grassy roads, woodland singletrack, paved and gravel roads."
--Rob Ginieczki, Mountain Biking Pennsylvania (Falcon Guides).
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