A Walking Tour Through Bradford’s National Historic District

The Allegheny National Forest Visitor’s Bureau has designed an exciting 18- page brochure- A Walking Tour of Bradford's National Historic District. The brochure features architectural and historical highlights of 25 buildings within Bradford's National Historic District with a detailed, numbered map of building locations.

The Bradford Walking Tour Brochure encourages visitors to “look up” to experience a sampling of Bradford's beautiful architecture and rich history. As the brochure's beginning text describes, "If you listen carefully, you might be able to hear the steady hammering of nails on a makeshift mercantile, an investor plunking down a gold bar at the Option House as he throws back a shot of whiskey, and oil producers passing out cigars to celebrate a successful deal."

Each building featured includes a photo and a short history. One of the buildings highlighted on the walking tour is 9 Kennedy Street home of Graham’s Florist & Gifts. This building was originally designed to house a bank, but the bank went under before it was completed. Lucky for George Graham, who opened Bradford’s first greenhouse in 1891—he knew it would be the perfect place to sell his fresh-cut flowers and plants. On opening day, Graham gave away 3,000 rosebuds, one for each person who came through his impressive doorway.

Future plans include the addition of two outdoor informational kiosks in downtown Bradford. One kiosk will feature a large map of central downtown Bradford with numbered buildings, historic facts, and nearby attractions. The second kiosk will feature a map and information on local trails. Both kiosks will have special outdoor brochure holders to display both the new Bradford National Historic District Walking Tour and the popular ANF Visitors Bureau Travel Guide and Map which includes a directory listing of our members and the visitor amenities they offer. The new kiosks will provide convenient 24/ 7 access to visitor information.

The brochure and the kiosks are part of the promotional plan of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, the official Destination Marketing Organization for McKean County, to attract tourists, and the economic benefits they bring to our communities and local businesses.

The Bradford Walking Tour brochure is available to visitors free of charge at the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau's Welcome Center located at 80 E Corydon Street in Bradford. If you would like a free copy of the brochure please contact info@visitANF.com or call 800-473-9370. Or you can download a copy of the brochure at visit@anf.com.

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