Yesterday, in an effort to enjoy what is left of the waning summer days, we decided to go to the Nittany Antique Machinery Show at Penn's Cave outside of Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. The site is fascinating in itself for both the legend and the history, as is related here:
A historic landmark centuries ago, the Seneca Indians discovered this natural landmark in the Valley of Karoondinha (Penn's Valley). The famous legend of the Indian Maiden, Nitanee, from whom the famous Penn State Nittany Lion is named, and her French trapper lover, Malachi Boyer, has been told around campfires for generations. Unable to marry because of Indian custom, they ran away and were captured, and Malachi was thrown into Penn's Cave to die. Local history also tells of Indians and early explorers using the dry rooms for shelter. The cavern was opened to the public in 1885 when the former hotel was built, and today Penn's Cave and the Penn's Cave House have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
There was every kind of tractor in the world on display on the meadow at the foot of the mountain.
Many Amish and Mennonites were there. The Amish women always strike me as being very much at peace with themselves and with the world. They laugh a lot, although not uproariously, and do not seem to worry about getting fat.
Lots of old steam engines could be seen.
There were many craftsmen at the show, including a blacksmith. All in all, it was a taste of America, past and present.
(Photos courtesy of Michael J. Russell) Share