Okay, I’m here to give you a little bit of a tour into my little slice of heaven, Bradford, Pennsylvania. Here in Bradford the winters last from October to April. It is a place where the first blast of sunshine for the upcoming Spring is just as beautiful as the snow covered hills after the first snow of winter.
Disclaimer: Bradford, PA has become my little slice of heaven due to going to school in the community. I’m originally from Philadelphia…talk about a different world!
So, with that introduction I welcome you to Bradford, PA. Bradford is a little town tucked right up into Northwest Pennsylvania. This is the welcome sign that can be seen as soon as someone takes the Elm Street Exit on 219 North.
When you first enter Bradford the first thing you will notice is that Bradford is home to a lot of great things. For starters Bradford is home to the Zippo Lighter and Case Knife factories, with both of these companies headquartered in Bradford. Bradford also has a historic downtown, which is where most of the best things in Bradford are located. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Bradford was also the birthplace and home to the famous opera singer Marilyn Horne.
This is me standing next to the road that is named after Marilyn Horne. Marilyn Horne was a very famous opera singer beginning in the mid 50s. She received her big break when her voice was dubbed for Dorothy Dandridge’s voice in the 1954 Carmen Jones musical film. Marilyn Horne is well-known within the community and has even donated to my school, the Unversity of Pittsburgh at Bradford!
These are a few photographs from the famous Zippo/Case Museum, which is only about a 10 minute drive away from my school!
The top photo is of me sitting on the custom-made Zippo Jeep and the picture below that is me standing in front of an American flag made up entirely of Zippo lighters. The museum is very cool and so informational, and get this: it’s free to the public and open on Sundays! Most small town businesses are closed on the weekends, but not this one!
After checking out all of the historical sites in Bradford you could definitely build up an appetite. While Bradford has a plethora of options when it comes to local cuisine there is one that definitely tops the list. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also on the National Register of Historical Places. That historical place is: Beefeaters!
Beefeaters is awesome, not only because of the great cuisine, but because of the history behind the location. Beefeaters is located inside of an old Carnegie Library….and yes I mean Carnegie as in Andrew Carnegie. The library was donated in 1897 and quickly after opening shelved nearly 3,000 volumes of literature. As all good things come to an end eventually the library was shut down. Later in 1993 with the help of Carnegie’s Inc. it was reopened as a restaurant and lounge area.
Finally there is one piece of Bradford that I l saved for last, and that is the great university that sits right on the town’s edge. The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. The university opened up in 1963 and just recently celebrated it’s 50th anniversary in 2013. The school started as a small institution in downtown bradford and now has 15 residence halls, 3 main academic buildings and so much more. This has town and university have been home to me for the past 3 years and I am grateful and lucky for that. I hope you enjoyed the tour!