|Discover the Past
|The Forksville General Store
| The Forksville General Store
has withstood the test of time
since the mid 1800's. Built by
Sadler Rogers a year after he
built the Forksville covered
bridge, this building was
originally constructed as an
upholstery store for Sullivan
County's once booming town.
Since 1851, the building has
hosted an array of businesses
such as a barber shop,
bakery,ice house, car garage,
gas station and today a general
store and restaurant where
locals and tourists alike enjoy
its rustic charm.
|Backyard of the general store
|Forksville, Pennsylvania is
one of the two oldest towns in
Sullivan County. From 1810 to
1816 Forksville flourished, but
the flood of 1816 almost wiped
out the settlement.
At the time of its census of
1900 there were 152 residents
and the town had two general
stores, a drug store, furniture /
undertaking, jewelry store,
blacksmith shop, barber shop,
hotel, two doctors offices and a
grist mill. Forksville was also the
birth place of legendary
football player, Red Grange;
a.k.a "The Galloping Ghost".
(present location of the Post Office)
|The Forksville Covered Bridge
was built in 1850 by Sadler Rogers.
Spanning the Loyalsock Creek at
156 feet, this bridge is continually
maintained and is one of three
covered bridges remaining in
(covered bridge on left; old school
house & church on right)
Harold "Red" Grange, nicknamed "The Galloping
Ghost", was born in Forksville, Pennsylvania in
1903. At the age of 5, his mother passed away
and his father moved the family to Illinois. He
began his football career at Wheaton High School
and led his team to an undefeated season.
Grange was most known for college and
professional American football as halfback for the
University of Illinois, and the Chicago Bears. His
signing with the Bears helped legitimize the
National Football League. He was a charter
member of both the College and Pro Football Hall
In 2008, Grange was named the best college
football player of all time by ESPN, and in 2011,
he was named the Greatest Big Ten Icon by the
Big Ten Network.
Sadly, Grange developed Parkinson's disease in
his last year of life and died on January 28, 1991
in Lake Wales, Florida.