Reinventing Smethport

Penn State Agriculture — by Steve Williams

Arriving in Smethport from any direction, you can’t help but be awareof the trees. You wind along a narrow, two-lane highway where the mountains creep right up to the road. The pavement runs miles through tunnels of trees until finally opening onto a small valley.

You’re in McKean County, the state’s most heavily forested county, where the Borough of Smethport, population 1,684, lies within 5.2 million acres of federal, state, and privately owned forest. It’s a small town with a history of creativity—a toy industry developed more than 100 years ago is still going strong with toys like Wooly Willy. But that’s not all that’s unique about Smethport.  Read more »