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On this page we're going to Spotlight the lesser known historic sites and attractions that dot the history landscape across the USA and are worth a visit if you're in their area.  And while they may be lesser known, some are very unique, and will be that rare find.  You'll be, at times, on the ground floor, or maybe even know something others don't.  It'll be fun.  Visit them.

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Museum of Indian Culture
Lehigh Valley, PA


Lil Le Hi Trout Nursery
Museum of Indian Culture, Allentown, PA
Lil Le Hi Trout Nursery

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Museum of Indian Culture


What's There

Museum with artifacts, exhibits, dioramas, and a guided tour.
Riding ring.
Sweat lodge enclosure.
Picnic Tables.
Reading and study room with many books on Indian culture.


How Much to Visit

Guided Tour
Adults - $5
Seniors/Children (12+) - $4
Under 12 - Free


Hours Open

Museum is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fridays thru Sundays.  In the summer, there are also Thursday hours.

How to Get There

If you're traveling east or west on Route 78/Route 309 or Route 22 in the Allentown, Pennsylvania area, take the Cedar Crest Boulevard exit just west of the downtown Allentown exits.  Fish Hatchery Road is located just south of the Route 309 interchange.  Take a left on Fish Hatchery Road when you get there.

 

Website:  Museum of Indian Culture


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Lil Le Hi Trout Nursery


Lil Le Hi Trout Nursery


Located next door to the Museum of Indian Culture southwest of Allentown, PA.  It is the oldest fish hatchery in the United States.

Location: Fish Hatchery Road just south of the Route 29/Cedar Crest Boulevard exit of Route 78/Route 309 or Route 22.  Stay in the left hand lane after you pass the Route 309 exits/entrances.

Estimated attendance: 10,000 per month in the summer.

Cost to Visit: Free

Trout Food: $1 per bag

Website:  Lil Le Hi Trout Nursery


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About Them

Museum of Indian Culture


Somewhere along the way these two things shouldn't sit next to each other, but ... maybe in retrospect they should.  The Museum of Indian Culture sits along Fish Hatchery Road and tells the tale, one a bit lost in the southeast part of Pennsylvania, about the Lenapi Indian tribe, their culture, and presence in the area through most of North American history prior to European settlement, through the times of the Trail of Tears and their forced push out west, to today.  And it is a heritage that's not only fascinating, but important.  And because that heritage has as much to do with the land as it does, in some ways, to the people that inhabit it for a period of time, I guess a fish hatchery next door along the Little Lehigh River does make sense.

The museum is a small, intimate, and marvelous look at the artifacts and culture surrounding the tribe that spent winters in the Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York area.  They would often summer in Canada.  You can take a tour of the museum with a well informed guide or look around for yourself.  And if you do take the full tour, make sure you ask them to give you a "throw the arrow" demonstration out back.  Yes, I said throw.  With a device, the tribe members, who would learn the task from the age of seven to fourteen, could take down game at two hundred yards.  They might even let you throw one.

And for a goof, ask about why the Lenni Lenape would say their name twice, just to get the goat of the Europeans.  And don't call an Indian woman squaw, ... they'll know why.

The tour will take you an hour or more, depending on how much detail you'd like to take in, and the area outside of the museum is full of paths along the Little Lehigh River that you can walk, ... perhaps all the way over to that fish hatchery next door.

Spring House, Museum of Indian Culture

Spring house in the rear of the Museum of Indian Culture.  Picnic tables available for use on the grounds and in the Trout Nursery (below).

As for that Lil Le Hi Trout Nursery, it's open year round from 7:00 a.m. to dusk and is the only municipally owned trout nursery in the country.  It was founded by the state in 1883 and later upgraded by the Trexler family, (see our former spotlight on their other contribution to wildlife in the area with the Trexler Game Preserve).  The city of Allentown has been operating it since 1946.

What can you do there?  Well, it's a wonderful walk among the various stages of trout growth in the races and aqueducts that hold them, a number of picnic tables, and a store where you can buy fish food to feed them.  The fish here are raised for two years, one year longer than normal (25,000 fish per year), then released into the waterways of the city.

Lil Le Hi Trout Nursery, Little Lehigh River 

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