On Saturday, June 20, 2009, more than 300 people braved the rain and mud to get a first-hand look at the remains of Alvira and the Ordnance and to talk with our historians. Organized by the Montgomery Area Historical Society with the cooperation of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, this event attracted visitors from as far away as South Carolina.
In the spring of 1942, the federal government condemned, “purchased,” or took by eminent domain 8,500 acres in Union and Lycoming Counties for the construction of a factory – the Pennsylvania Ordnance Works - to manufacture TNT. With scarcely any advance notice, residents of the village of Alvira and the surrounding area were forced to pack up and move, and their homes, farms, businesses, and schools were demolished.
We invite you to return to Alvira at your convenience to hike and explore the lands that are open and maintained by the game commission.