Literary Pennsylvania, Writing for a New Nation
The Pennsylvania Author Adventures Trail runs east-west from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, or you can reverse it and head from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. Either way, you will be on interstates most of the time, with the longest ride on I-76.
If you want to stop for a stretch, try Lancaster County’s shops and homemade pie stands for refreshments and souvenirs. Be sure what you buy is made in Pennsylvania to support the people helping you on your journey.
Click any link below for author and place information.
A. Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia
B. Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia
C. Richard Allen and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper at African American Museum, Philadelphia
D. Edgar Allan Poe, Philadelphia
E. Charles L. Blocksun Collection at Temple University, Philadelphia
F. Black Writers Museum at Vernon Historic House, Philadelphia
Literary journeys beyond Philadelphia:
G. James Michener, Doylestown
H. Pearl S. Buck, Perkasie
I. Wallace Stevens, Reading
J. John Updike, Shillington
K. and L. Fred Rogers, Latrobe and Pittsburgh
M. August Wilson House, Pittsburgh (this page is in process; we recommend https://augustwilsonhouse.org and https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/theater-dance/2022/08/13 for information)
N. Rachel Carson, Springdale
Literary journey to northern Pennsylvania:
The Zane Grey Museum at 135 Scenic Drive in Lackawaxen is a large farmhouse where the author’s family lived in the early 1900s. Close to the Upper Delaware River and just over the New York border, the house is now owned and operated by the National Park Service and is open to public visitors.