Inaugurated in 2012, the Stadler Center's Poetry Path received a fresh selection of poems for 2021-22. The path traces a one-mile loop along public thoroughfares, beginning and ending at the Stadler Center.
In keeping with the center's mission, the Poetry Path seeks to make contemporary poetry a part of everyday life. The path is periodically updated with an entirely new selection of poems. A fresh series of markers was installed in 2021.
The Poetry Path is wheelchair accessible and open year-round.
SITE 1: BUCKNELL HALL: STADLER CENTER FOR POETRY
Home to the Stadler Center for Poetry since 1988, Bucknell Hall was built in the Queen Anne style of architecture and was one of the first buildings on Bucknell's campus.
SITE 2: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
The red barn adjacent to the creek was a stop on the Underground Railroad, a series of secret safe houses that helped an estimated 100,000 African Americans escape slavery in the years before the Civil War.
SITE 3: VETERANS MONUMENT
The statue at the intersection of University Avenue and South Third Street originally commemorated Union soldiers and now honors all veterans of military service.
SITE 4: CHURCHES
Clustered at the intersection of South Third Street and St. Louis Street are three of Lewisburg’s churches, which are examples of the Gothic Revival (Baptist), Ruskinian Gothic (Methodist), and Richardsonian Romanesque (Lutheran) architectural styles.
SITE 5: POST OFFICE
Designed in the Neoclassical style, this building houses the Lewisburg Post Office and Bucknell administrative offices. The Lewisburg Opera House once stood on the southeast corner of this site. It was destroyed by fire in 1908.
SITE 6: DOWNTOWN
An icon of downtown Lewisburg, the Campus Theatre is one of the few single-screen Art Deco theaters remaining in the United States.
SITE 7: HUFNAGLE PARK
(Due to a current renovation project in the park, the Site 7 marker has been temporarily removed).
Now the site of community arts and recreational events, the park was named for police chief Gordon Hufnagle, who died saving lives in the flood of 1972.
SITE 8: KIDSBURG PLAYGROUND
Many Lewisburg individuals and organizations came together to establish Kidsburg, a creative play space for children. The playground equipment features innovative designs by Playworld Systems, Inc., which is based in Lewisburg.
SITE 9: LEWISBURG CEMETERY
Historic Lewisburg Cemetery features a Gothic-style chapel, Victorian family memorials of varying styles and a memorial plot for soldiers of the Civil War and other conflicts.
SITE 10: 7TH STREET AND MOORE AVENUE
This main intersection at Bucknell University is a site of constant motion during the academic year. The Langone Center, on the southwest corner, is home to offices, eateries and the Samek Art Museum's campus gallery.