"A magical shopping experience"
There are good reasons why people say we're magical. One of them is that people visiting us soon find they are unhurried....that the Tall Oaks experience is simple and laid back. Ever notice those crowds at the malls? People rushing around, high stress levels, all that? Well you won’t find that at Tall Oaks. What you will find is a rustic, family-oriented, peaceful environment. The fact is, our location is a large part of our charm. We’re on Rte 666 between Sheffield and Marienville, PA. ( Check out the map here on our Website for exact location.)
Right across the road from us is Tionesta Creek, one of the best trout fishing streams in the region. And all around us are the thousands and thousands of acres that make up the Allegheny National Forest -- the largest national forest East of the Mississippi. In addition to the fishing, there are hiking trails and camping throughout the forest.
The ride through the forest to Tall Oaks is an experience in itself. Deer are common and we’ve even spotted the occasional bear and a bald eagle or two. The stretch of highway from Barnes to Hickory that takes you right past Tall Oaks has been called the most beautiful Autumn Drive in Pennsylvania -- and that's something.
Folks have taken to calling our location the " Hidden Valley" First time visitors frequently tell us how surprised they are to find something like " Tall Oaks " out here in the woods. But that's the way we like it.
We aren’t the first to set up shop here. Going way back, Native Americans had villages along Tionesta Creek. As we hear it, their name for the creek was Tummeahanna meaning "Wolf Creek." Later, the name became Tionesta, which means " Meeting of the Water. "
In 1767, Moravian minister David Zeisberger arrived to preach to the natives, and established "The First Church of the Alleghenies." So you can see that --- just being established in 1981 -- we're pretty much newcomers. Our little store opened in October of 1981, featuring gifts, decorator items, candles, Christmas ornaments, candy, lamps plaques, prints, garden accessories, collectibles, and of course, the unique hand picked items for which we're known are featured in the store -- well we could go on and on, but we think you get the idea. Since 1981 our little store has gone through alot of changes, many of you have followed us through all of this and we appreciate your compliments on the changes. We still feature all of the items listed, but we also feature many more unique items also, so come visit us and experience the peacefulness of the Allegheny National Forest.