Neighborhood Tour

Mister Rogers’ own neighborhood spans over 130 miles and has 28 significant sites throughout Western Pennsylvania!  From natural wonders to statues, there’s sure to be something for the whole family!  For more information about our trail, please contact Adams Memorial Library.

Pittsburgh Destinations:

University of Pittsburgh Library System Resource Facility
7500 Thomas Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15208

The University of Pittsburgh Library Archive boasts a large collection of materials that were used during the production and promotion of Mister Rogers Neighborhood between 1970 and 1990.  The collection also contains publicity photographs, press kits, documents written by Fred Rogers, fan mail, and special scripts.

 

Ace Hotel
120 S Whitfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Fred Rogers was a daily lap swimmer and was a member and support of YMCAs and YWCAs throughout his life.
The Ace Hotel was once a YMCA and some of their suites have turntables and records from
Fred Rogers’ own label, Small Word RecordsThis location is currently closed.

 

House of Fred and Joanne Rogers
5381 Northumberland Street, Pittsburgh PA

Fred and his Joanne live in this home during the 1960s.  This residence is private so visiting is not allowed.

 

WQED Studios
4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213

WQED was where Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood had its home.

 

Theodore M. Finney Music Library
4337 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Before it was the the University of Pittsburgh’s Theodore M. Finney Music Library, the building was the home of  the eighth chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, the pastor of Bellefield Presbyterian Church, William J. Holland.  It was purchased by WQED and from 1966 to 1971 the building’s ballroom was the set Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood before the production moved to where WQED is located today.

 

Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222

The Senator John Heinz History Center contains a plethora of memorabilia from Pittsburgh’s history, including including the entryway and living room of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, King Friday XIII’s Castle, Henrietta Pussycat and X the Owl’s Great Oak Tree, and Mr. McFeely’s “Speedy Delivery” tricycle.

 

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
10 Children’s Way  Pittsburgh PA 15212

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a fun and interactive museum
geared towards children features numerous Mister Rogers artifacts, such as his sweater and photos.

 

The MuseumLab
6 Allegheny Square E Suite 101, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Included in the admission to the Children’s Museum, and a short walk from the museum, the MuseumLab is designed for children 10 and up and features interactive exhibits.  This location features the original puppets from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

 

“Tribute to Children” Monument
Tribute to Children by Robert Berks, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (40.4448383,-80.0160616)

Sitting on the North Shore, gazing out over the water between Heinz Field and PNC Park, sits a 10’10” foot statue of Fred Rogers by the late Robert Berks.  The location of the statue was chosen by the architect Lou Astorino to honor Rogers’ love of swimming, which he did daily.   The site features a sound system where you may listen to 29 musical compositions that Mister Rogers composed.  Click here for more information about the monument.

 

Duquesne Incline
1197 West Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

While there are no actual official running trolley’s in Pittsburgh, you can ride in the look-alike Neighborhood Trolley car on the Duquesne Incline!  Offering panoramic views of Pittsburgh and it’s three rivers, the incline also has a shop to purchase the one-of-a-kind wooden trolley ornament!  Be aware that tickets require exact change!

 

Fredosaurus Rex Friday XIII and the Fred Rogers Company
2100 Wharton Street Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Beware!  T-Rex crossing!  A smiling, red cardigan clad, Tyrannosaurus Rex statue designed by Karen Howell was unveiled in May of 2014.  Dubbed Fredosaurus Rex Friday XIII, the statue has had many homes, but currently resides at the offices of the Fred Rogers Company.

 

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
1 Museum Rd, Washington, PA 15301

If you’ve ever wanted to ride in a trolley, this is the place for you!
The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum was also the location where
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood filmed the episode “Grandparents”.

 

Latrobe Destinations:

 

Mister Rogers’ Childhood Home
737 Weldon Street in Latrobe, PA 15650

Located on Weldon Street, you may drive past the former residence of Mister Rogers as a child.  It is currently a private residence and not open to visitors.

 

Latrobe Historical Society
416 Weldon Street

At the Latrobe Historical Society, you can explore the history of Latrobe, its famous citizens of Fred Rogers and golf legend Arnold Palmer, as well as see some of the handcrafted puppets of Mister Rogers that are on loan from Adams Memorial Library for display.

 

Latrobe High School
1501 Ligonier Street, Latrobe PA 15650

This was the site of the original Latrobe High School, which Mister Rogers attended from 1942 to 1946l, however it is not privately owned and not available for visits.

 

Adams Memorial Library
1112 Ligonier Street, Latrobe PA 15650
(Parking on 300 Chestnut Street Latrobe PA 15650)

Since 1927, Adams Memorial Library has faithfully served the Latrobe and Derry area.  The library has various memorabilia that can be viewed, including yearbooks, vinyl records, and other Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood items.  The library also boasts a courtyard that was dedicated to the memory of Fred Rogers’ mother, Nancy McFeely Rogers Flagg.

 

Rogers-McFeely Memorial Swimming Pool
1309 Memorial Drive, Latrobe PA 15650

This swimming pool, in honor of Fred Rogers’ love of swimming is available during the summer months.  Passes may be purchased through the Latrobe-GLSD Parks & Recreations office.

 

Latrobe Art Center
819 Ligonier Street

Established in part by Fred Rogers’ sister Nancy Rogers Crozier, the Latrobe Art Center offers food, entertainment, and activities for children.  They are also one of the official sponsors for the Banana Split Festival and Mister Rogers Day in June.

 

McFeely-Rogers Foundation
816 Ligonier Street #610, Latrobe PA 15650

Located across the street from the Latrobe Art Center in the Quatrini-Rafferty Building, the McFeely-Rogers Foundation supports local educational and charitable institutions.

 

Greater Latrobe Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce
811 Ligonier Street, Latrobe PA 15650

The Greater Latrobe Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce offers information on the beautiful region and a selection of regional-based merchandise, including Mister Rogers’ memorabilia.

 

 

Fred Rogers Statue
212 Main Street, Latrobe PA 15650

Have a seat on the bench with the Mister Rogers statue.  Located in the James H. Rogers Park, which was named after Fred’s father, the statue smiles out at the hustle and bustle of Latrobe, content to observe his neighbors in quiet solitude.

 

Latrobe Presbyterian Church and Second Ward School Bell
428 Main Street, Latrobe, PA 15650

The Latrobe Presbyterian Church was where Fred Rogers attended church as a child.  Eventually being coming an ordained minister, Mister Rogers felt that the core teachings of Christianity (kindness and caring) were fundamental in the lives of everyone.  Next to the church is a small garden that contains the preserved school bell from the Second Ward School, which once stood on the site.  Fred Rogers’ attended the elementary school in the 1930s.

 

 

 

Eastern Destinations Beyond Latrobe:

 

Fred Rogers Center and Neighborsaurus 143
300 Fraser Purchase Road

The Fred Rogers Center features an exhibit devoted to the life and work of Fred Rogers, which is open to the public.  It also features Neighborsaurus 143, which was a t-rex designed by the art crew of Family Communications, Inc.

 

Unity Cemetery
114 Chapel Lane, Latrobe, PA 15650 (40.3091, -79.4194)

While the most somber of entries on this trail, Unity Cemetery is the final resting place of Fred Rogers.
He resides in the family mausoleum along with his father, James Hillis Rogers, and his mother, Nancy McFeely Rogers.

 

 

Unity Chapel
130 Chapel Lane, Latrobe, PA 15650

Unity Chapel was restored and an endowment was established for the chapel by the Rogers’, McFeely’s, Mellon’s, and Palmer’s families and their foundations.  This quiet place of contemplation is still used for services.

 

Greater Latrobe Senior High School
131 High School Road, Latrobe, PA 15650

The Greater Latrobe Senior High School features a display of items from Mister Rogers’ school years and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood memorabilia.  This display, however is only open to the public during scheduled school activities.  Be sure to check out the calendar before planning your visit.

 

Idlewild & SoakZone
2574 US Route 30, Ligonier PA 15658

Idlewild & SoakZone is fun for the whole family!  From Story Book Forest to the Wild Mouse, your day at Idlewild will be an adventure!  Be sure to take a trolley ride through Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, featuring characters from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

 

Fred Rogers Drive and “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Quote
Lincoln Highway, Route 30, Latrobe, PA 15650 (40.28785058755415, -79.36983526622689)

As you leave Idlewild and go west on Route 30 towards Latrobe, not only will you be driving on Fred Rogers Drive, but you’ll also see an overhead bridge with the very familiar quote  “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”.

 

Buttermilk Falls Natural Area
570 Valley Brood Road, New Florence PA 15944

Located out in the wilds of Western Pennsylvania, Buttermilk Falls Natural Area was a place that Fred visited often.  His grandfather, Fred McFeely, owned the property where the falls are from 1931 to 1956.  The estate featured a cottage, horse stables, a three car garage, outbuildings and a swimming area in the creek above the falls.  Stone foundations and retaining walls from the estate are still visible at the site.