King Charles II in 1681 granted the region to William Penn, son of a famous admiral and a devout Quaker. He wanted to simply call the colony “Sylvania,” from the Latin silva meaning “forest,” but the King added “Penn” to honor William’s father.
Retirement income, including Social Security and military benefits, is exempt from taxation for Pennsylvania residents age 60 and older.
Pennsylvania is one of four American states founded as a “commonwealth,” an English term meaning “a political community created for the common good.” The others are Massachusetts, Virginia, and Kentucky.
There are nearly 60,000 farms in Pennsylvania covering more than 7.5 million acres. On the list of state agricultural productivity, Pennsylvania ranks No. 1 in mushrooms, No. 2 in apples, and No. 3 in Christmas trees.
The Crayola Factory in the Lehigh Valley produces nearly three billion crayons a year.
Spring is on the way!
Up to 20,000 visitors celebrate Groundhog Day every year on February 2nd in Punxsutawney, the self-proclaimed “Weather Capital of the World.”
World-famous Martin guitars and other stringed instruments have been made in Nazareth, PA, since 1838.
A State of Firsts
America’s first magazine (1741) and daily newspaper (1784) were published in Philadelphia, while Pittsburgh was home to the nation’s first baseball stadium (1909), automobile service station (1913), and commercial radio station (1920).