A trip along Route 45, also known as the Purple Heart Highway, is a journey back in time. Iroquois Indians called it the Karondinah Path. Stage coach drivers referred to it as the Penn's Creek Path. In modern times, it became PA State Route 45. In 1994, this 100 mile route through scenic central Pennsylvania's Huntington, Centre, Union, Northumberland and Montour Counties was christened "The Purple Heart Highway" as it is believed that the PA Route 45 corridor was home to a large number of Purple Heart medal recipients.
Today, Route 45 celebrates its latest incarnation as a thriving artisan's trail. From Mooresburg in the east to the village of Water Street in the west, Route 45 traverses some of Pennsylvania's most stunning countryside and is home to a wealth of artists and craftsmen working in both contemporary and traditional styles.
Your journey will take you through the many historic towns and villages that are located along Route 45. Mooresburg, Lewisburg, Mifflinburg, Aaronsburg, Centre Hall, Millheim, Boalsburg, Pine Grove Mills and Spruce Creek offer visitors many opportunities to enjoy historic architecture, museums, heritage and cultural events, quaint shops, and glimpses of Pennsylvania life before the advent of the superhighway. Route 45 links notable educational and cultural institutions such as Bucknell University in Lewisburg, The Pennsylvania State University in State College, The Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, and The Pasto Agricultural Museum in Rock Springs.
Please be sure to visit the web sites of our Art Thrives on 45! partners to discover more detailed information on events and attractions plus dining and lodging opportunities.
Art Thrives on 45 was made possible in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Tourism Office of the Pennsylvania Office of Economic Development.
Edward G. Rendell, Governor.
The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is made possible in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts