If my memory serves me correctly, I used to stop at a Holiday Inn off of Route 80 near Bellefonte during my seminary years in the late 1980s and early 1990s. I usually pulled my 1981 Skylark into the motel when I was too sleepy to finish the drive from Deerfield, IL to Montville, NJ. I remember being frustrated because my room did not have a remote control for the television set.
If I wasn't in such a hurry to get home to see my parents and siblings in New Jersey I might have taken the time to drive into downtown Bellefonte. After reading about Jonathan Eburne's failed attempt to open a bookstore in the town, I wish I had been more curious and adventuresome in those days.
Here is a taste of Eburne's Los Angeles Review of Books essay on the struggle to cultivate intellectual community in Bellefonte. It's a great piece about place: