Lesson Plan

An Interview with Sam Lemon

Sam Lemon's  Tavern, the Lemon House, still stands today.
The Lemon House and Allegheny Portage Railroad Tracks
National Park Service

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Sixth Grade
Archaeology, Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Career Studies, Civic Engagement, Commerce and Industry, Entrepreneurs, Family Life, Geography, History, Mexican War
1 hour
Group Size:
Up to 24
National/State Standards:
National Standard 2
National Standard 3
Pennsylvania 1.6.5
Pennsylvania 7.3
Pennsylvania 7.3.6


During the interactive play, students will meet Sam Lemon owner of the Lemon House Tavern. A ranger will portray Sam Lemon and tell the story of the Allegheny Portage Railroad and Mainline Canal.


Through the questioning of Sam Lemon the students will learn the story of Lemon's Tavern, the Allegheny Portage Railroad, and the Mainline Canal.


After the students enter the theater 12 students will be selected to portray newspaper reporters. They will be given a card with questions to ask Sam Lemon.