Research and Explore Centre County History

Due to COVID-19, we are currently not scheduling tours.

Class field trips/group visits/home-school visits can be scheduled by calling 814-234-4779.

Visits to Boogersburg are scheduled for late April – Mid June or in September.

Below you will find resources to help you and your students better understand the role of Centre Furnace in iron making and the formation of Centre County and Penn State.  Use the search box to find additional information.

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Iron History

Be a Successful Ironmaster

Centre County School Districts – Iron Histories

Everyday Iron exhibit panels

Life Cycle of Charcoal Iron Diagram

Iron Furnaces & Forges in Centre County

Iron Industry in Centre County

Iron Furnace Workers

Iron Glossary

Iron Products

Focus Questions

  1. Why was Centre Furnace important?

  2. How is your life different or the same as the Thompson family (the family who lived here in the 1800’s)?

  3. What is the Penn State connection to Centre Furnace?


Boogersburg One Room School

Boogersburg History & Architecture

Boogersburg School is open to the public each August for an annual back-to-school Open House.  *NOTE: tours are NOT currently being scheduled due to COVID-19* The historic structure is also available for group tours by appointment.  If you are interested in scheduling a group tour of the Boogersburg School, or have questions about the programming and volunteer opportunities currently being offered, please contact the CCHS office at (814) 234-4779 or email info@centrecountyhistory.org.