Welcome to the Birthplace of Memorial Day
Boalsburg's cemetery was the birthplace of America's Memorial Day in 1864, when three ladies decorated the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers. The custom has continued every year since then. Today, Memorial Day in Boalsburg features a colorful festival throughout the community in the daytime and a traditional evening service in the cemetery next to the life-sized sculpture of the three ladies. To hear more of the story of Memorial Day click here.
For an interactive internet walking tour of the village, click here.
Historic Boalsburg welcomes group tours to the village shops and museums. To arrange a day tour for your organization contact the the Boal Mansion Museum at 814-466-9266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boalsburg Village has kept its atmosphere of small-town intimacy and historic character for more than 200 years.
Visitors to the Boalsburg Diamond come to visit the shops and restaurants and to soak up that small-town feeling. People who live here and own businesses strive to maintain the town's unique personality.
Driving into Boalsburg is literally stepping back in time, to the days in which most Americans lived in small villages and towns. Here you walk to the post office to pick up your mail, walk to the cafe for a bite of lunch, go ice skating in the nearby park, sit on the front porch and snooze.
Each year Boalsburg puts on a traditional Memorial Day celebration complete with a parade, a community walk to the cemetery, speeches, arts and crafts sale, military reenactments and much more.