Fans of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood can now complete a 15-stop tour of the places that inspired the television show.
The suggested itinerary for the Pennsylvania Tourism Office's new Fred Rogers Trail starts in Latrobe where Rogers was born. Stops include the historical society, Rogers’ childhood church and the bell at the site of his elementary school, among others.
“You can sit on a bench where there is this lovely life-sized Fred Rogers statue that you can kind of snuggle up with and take a great selfie,” said Carrie Fischer Lepore of the James H. Rogers Park, named after his father.
The road trip continues to Pittsburgh and the Heinz History Center, with the largest collection of items from the set of the television show. It ends in Washington at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, where Rogers filmed the iconic “Grandparents” episode.
“Each stop on the trail was respectfully selected and has relevance to Fred Rogers to really make you feel like you’re visiting Fred’s own neighborhood,” Fischer Lepore said.
The unveiling of the trail coincides with the 50th anniversary of the show.