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Piper Aviation Museum named top tourist attraction in county

At left, the Piper Aviation Museum located in Lock Haven, Pa., was named the top attraction for tourist to visit.

LOCK HAVEN –The Piper Aviation Museum has been chosen as the top tourist attraction in Clinton County by UncoveringPA.com

In neighboring counties, the top tourist attractions were Little League World Series in Lycoming County and Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum in Centre County.

Last month, UncoveringPA.com, a tourism and travel blog, published their picks for the top place to visit in each of the 67 counties that make up the state.

In compiling the list, Jim Cheney, owner of UncoveringPA, spent over 300 days canvasing and touring the state, visiting well over 1,000 different places in every county of Pennsylvania.

For Clinton County, he chose the Piper Aviation Museum, 1 Piper Way, Lock Haven, as the place to top them all.

Photos from the top attraction in Centre County, Boal Mansion Museum.

“Overall, I really enjoyed my visit to Piper. While I’ve visited many other antique airplane museums in Pa., this one was unique for featuring one brand of airplane and showcasing them in one of the company’s manufacturing facilities. If you love antique airplanes, you definitely won’t want to miss this Clinton County treasure. I know I can’t wait to go back again and have a crack at their training simulator,” Cheney said.

When explaining his decision, Cheney said, “I haven’t spent much time in Clinton County, but one place that is on my radar is the Piper Museum. Lock Haven was once home to the company’s headquarters, and it is still home to a museum dedicated to the company.”

UncoveringPA was started in August 2013 and is now the most read travel blog in Pennsylvania, reaching well over a million Pa. travelers each year, sharing the best things to do in the state. Unlike many websites, Cheney travels out to each and every place that they write about, so readers can be assured that the opinions expressed are based on personal experiences and not simply on internet research, the website details.

“The Piper Aviation Museum is located inside the company’s former engineering and development building. Having visited many airplane museums in Pennsylvania that focused on military aircraft, I was excited to see this museum’s collection of airplanes designed for private use,” Cheney wrote on his website.

“The Piper Aviation Museum consists of three parts, a museum, a research library, and a hangar filled with aircraft. Visits start on the second floor in the gift shop and museum. The museum features a great collection of historic photos and information about the plant and the people that worked there and managed the company. Depending on your interest level in the company’s history, you could spend a few minutes in the museum or many hours,” he said.

Photos from the top attraction in Centre County, Boal Mansion Museum.

To honor the legacy of the Piper Aircraft Corporation in Lock Haven, the Piper Aviation Museum was opened in 1996.

Tour hours at the museum run Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 am. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 12 noon to 4 p.m., and more information on the museum can be found at PiperMuseum.com.

For Lycoming County, UncoveringPA named the Little League World Series as the top place to visit

“For 10 days each August, the eyes of the world turn to Williamsport for the Little League World Series. In the event, the best Little League baseball teams from around the world come to the organization’s birthplace to compete for the championship. If you can’t make it to the area in August, the World of Little League Museum is a good alternative, but the Little League World Series is something everyone should do once in their lives,” he said.

While in Centre County, the Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum claims the top spot.

The “World of Little League” Museum and official store located in Lycoming County. PHOTOS PROVIDED

“You might have thought I would have put a Penn State football game on here, but the Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum is just too amazing to not include here,” Cheney said.

In Potter County, he chose the Cherry Springs State Park.

“The park is known for one thing… being really, really dark. In fact, the park is the darkest place on the east coast and was the 2nd International Dark Sky Park in the world. If you want to see amazing stars, this is the place to go.” he said.

The entire piece can be found at uncoveringpa.com/place-to-visit-in-each-pennsylvania-county.

The “World of Little League” Museum and official store located in Lycoming County. PHOTOS PROVIDED

Jim Cheney

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