It took a lot of work to get the canal boats, train cars, people, and freight up over the Allegheny Mountains. The Allegheny Portage Railroad was 36 miles long, and there was work for anybody that wanted it all along those 36 miles.
Visitors today have the opportunity to experience what that work was like. During the summer months, Park Rangers demonstrate the various work activities that made the Allegheny Portage Railroad function. Such demonstrations include: stone-cutting, log-hewing, farm to factory, rope making, and more! Often, children are asked to lend a helping hand, meaning they not only get to see a costumed Park Ranger demonstrating, but get the hands-on experience of the hard work that made the Allegheny Portage Railroad function.
Inquire at the Visitor Center desk as to what demonstrations are being featured on the day of your visit.