Street Address
163 Boal Estate Drive
Boalsburg, PA 16827
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 116
Boalsburg, PA 16827-0116
Admissions
Adults $10
Children (ages 7-11) $6
Children age six & under free with adult
Staff
Christopher Lee, CEO
phone: 814-466-6210

Description

The Boal Mansion is the site of the Columbus Chapel containing the most important collection of Christopher Columbus artifacts in North America. The chapel was brought to the Boal Estate in 1909 from the Columbus family castle in Spain.
It contains:
. Columbus Admiral's Desk
. Columbus family archives (1453-1908)
. Two pieces of the True Cross
. An exceptional collection of European art (1400's to 1700's)
Visitors also discover in the Boal Mansion the beautiful intact decorative arts and furnishings of nine generations of this representative American family.
Since 1789, the Boal family have helped found many local landmarks still here today, including:
. The historic village of Boalsburg (1808)
. The birthplace of Memorial Day in 1864 - with charming shops, taverns and galleries
. The Pennsylvania State University (1855)
. The 28th Division Shrine
. The Pennsylvania Military Museum (1919)
. The Boal Barn Playhouse (1959)
The Boal Mansion collection also contains many other reflections of the family's incredible international ancestry as well as a large collection of weapons and military artifacts from the Revolutionary War to World War I.

History

The site was established in 1789 by the pioneer and Revolutionary War captain David Boal and has been developed further by nine generations of the same family. The sixth generation opened the site as a non-profit museum in 1952.

Artifacts Collections

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Research Collections

  • . Boal family papers back to the early 1800's, primarily in Englilsh
    . Columbus and related family papers (165,000 pages) dating back to 1453, primnarily in Spanish.

Educational Programs

  • Docent program - volunteer guides learn about the site and share it with visitors.
  • Free guest speaker for schools and clubs on a variety of topics including American history and Columbus.
  • Annual special events at the site:
    . Boalsburg Columbus Ball in October
    . Music at the Boal Mansion concert/reception in May
    . Garden Party for the Declaration of Independence in July
    . Memorial Day festival on Memorial Day Monday.

Governance

501 (c) 3 non-profit

Library

Access: General Public

Appointment required: Yes

Publications

Newsletter, twice a year.

  • Newsletter