The Charming Small Town In Pennsylvania That Was Home To Jimmy Stewart Once Upon A Time
By Beth Price-Williams|Updated on July 28, 2023(Originally published August 10, 2022)
A professional writer for more than two decades, Beth has lived in nearly a dozen states – from Missouri and Virginia to Connecticut and Vermont – and Toronto, Canada. In addition to traveling extensively in the U.S. and the U.K., she has a BA in Journalism from Point Park University (PA), a MA in Holocaust & Genocide Studies from Stockton University (NJ), and a Master of Professional Writing from Chatham University (PA). A writer and editor for Only In Your State since 2016, Beth grew up in and currently lives outside of Pittsburgh and when she’s not writing or hanging out with her bunnies, budgies, and chinchilla, she and her daughter are out chasing waterfalls.
Nestled in Western Pennsylvania is a small town that might remind you of the famous fictional town of Bedford Falls, especially at Christmastime. It’s fitting, then, that this charming small town in Pennsylvania is the hometown of James Stewart, the actor known and loved the world over for countless roles, from Macaulay Connor in “The Philadelphia Story,” when he starred alongside fellow legends Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, to Jeff Jeffries in the Hitchcock classic “Rear Window.” However, he is perhaps best known for his portrayal of George Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” the beloved Christmas classic.
Have you been to Jimmy Stewart’s hometown? What did you think of this darling small town in Pennsylvania? Share your experience in the comments. While you’re in Indiana County, visit Buttermilk Falls in New Florence. It’s got a connection to another favorite Pennsylvania son – Mister Rogers.
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Jimmy Stewart is just one iconic celebrity from Western Pennsylvania, and we’re all probably quite familiar with another: Mister Rogers. We can, in fact, visit quite a few sites related to Mister Rogers, including:
The Mister Rogers Statue on the North Shore of Pittsburgh is an ideal spot to snap photos with everyone’s favorite neighbor and to look out over the Three Rivers.
Follow the Fred Rogers Trail that will take you to a variety of sites, including his hometown of Latrobe and the Heinz History Center.
Stroll along a scenic path to Buttermilk Falls, a towering waterfall that sits on land once owned by Mister Rogers’ grandfather. He donated it to the county for visitors to enjoy.
Idlewild Park & SoakZone is an old-fashioned amusement and water park in Ligonier. It’s also home to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (formerly Mister Roger’s Neighborhood). Climb aboard a trolley to ride through the Land of Make Believe.
Sit down to a meal at Mandarin Gourmet Restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh, where a poignant scene from A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, a movie about Fred Rogers, was filmed.