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    Back in 1971, some active members of the Connellsville Chamber of Commerce, alarmed that local history, including Connellsville as the COKE CAPITAL of the world, was being ignored and lost, decided to form a local historical society.  Under the leadership of William Balsley, a meeting was called for all interested parties to organize a historical society.  A meeting was held with Bill Balsley being elected the 1st President.  Other Officers were: 1st Vice-President Mrs. Barbara Keefer, 2nd Vice-President Hubert Reidman, Recording Secretary Karen Hechler and Treasurer Louise Balsley.  A charter was applied for and granted by Fayette County Common Pleas Judge John Munson and the Society was officially in business.  The Society was incorporated in 1972.

    One of the first community projects was an antiques show held at the Connellsville National Guard Armory on Washington Avenue.  This was so successful that it was continued for a number of years, subsequently changing from strictly antiques to antiques and crafts and finally all crafts.  Its locale also changed from the Armory to New Haven Hose Fire Hall on 7th Street West Side.  Finally, its novelty having worn off, the last show was held in October, 1998.

    During the Bi-Centennial of the United States in 1976, it was decided to build a replica of Col. William Crawford's log cabin home and springhouse.  It was built near the original spot of his residence on the banks of the Youghiogheny River.  It serves as an attraction for visitors to Yough River Park on Connellsville's West Side.  A view of the one room structure can be activated by a bell on the river side, giving a short narration of his life and times.  Flags of the United States, England and France were flown on the Memorial Bridge (Route 119) during the celebration.

    Mindful of its mission to preserve and disseminate local history, the Society decided to reprint local history books, principally "The Centennial History of Connellsville" and "Fayette County History by Ellis" together with other histories including Braddock's Trail.  All are available at the Society's office in the Gibson House or by mail.  (See the "ITEMS FOR SALE" tab)  Along with numerous other items is a coverlet depicting Connellsville's history.  All make wonderful gifts.  The Society's picnic pavilion and grounds where the cabin stands at Yough River Park are available for rent.  One of the newest projects is Original Prints of local sites by artist Donna Campbell Allen and sold through the Society.  Our Society has also sponsored numerous National Registry of Historic Places listings such as the P & L E and Western Maryland Railroad Station, the United States Post Office and others.  Connellsville is the home of six (6) listings in the National Registry of Historic Places.

    The Society maintains an office at the Gibson House located at 217 West Patterson Avenue, Connellsville, PA 15425.  Our telephone number is 724-628-5344.  Our hours of operation are Saturdays from 9 AM to 4 PM.  The current President is Karen Hechler.

    Presently, having purchased the 1870 Gibson House on West Patterson Avenue in Connellsville, the Society is trying to restore the burned out house to make room for an office, information center, West Penn Railway display, Veterans display and railroad display.  We also hope to be able to hold small receptions at the house.  Research has led us to believe this to be the original Ironmasters house.  The house was built by a son of Joseph Gibson of Ruble stone, L-shaped, two stories high and is typical of the architecture of the period.  It overlooked both Connell Run and Gibsonville, site of the present Connellsville High School Football Stadium.

    The Society holds a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) designating it a non-profit, charitable organization under Code 501 (c) (3), making your donation tax deductible.  We welcome new members, safe in the knowledge that you will find some area of local history to satisfy you.  A newsletter is sent periodically to paid-up members.

   

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CONNELLSVILLE AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
217 West Patterson Avenue
Connellsville, PA 15425


Phone: (724) 628-5344 (K. Hechler)

Phone: ‭(724) 603-3691‬ (S. Lewis)


Email: CHS@connellsvillehistoricalsociety.com

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WE HAVE A SECOND CHANCE TO HEAR ABOUT SARAH B COCHRAN        TICKETS AVAILABLE $35/PER PERSON

Saturday, June 29, 2024
For those who wanted to join the Connellsville Historical Society to hear Kimberly Hess speak about Sarah B. Cochran, we can offer a second chance.

We will have a Lunch-Lecture at the Somerset Historic P&LE Train Station on the corner of 7th Street & West Crawford Ave in Connellsville.

We are grateful to Somerset Trust for this opportunity. A catered lunch will be served at noon followed by a lecture at 1:00pm.
The cost will be $35.00. You can send a check for tickets to 1103 Isabella Road. Connellsville, PA 15425.

Make the check out to Connellsville Area Historical Society. Enjoy this opportunity to visit the beauty of this renovated railroad station, enjoy a lovely lunch, and hear the story of a legendary woman, Sarah B. Cochran. Afterwards, visit the Annual Braddock’s Crossing Activities at the Crawford Cabin site on the banks of the Youghiogheny River.

Karen Hechler 724-628-5344


THE 21ST ANNUAL BRADDOCKS CROSSING

June 29th-30th, 2024

(MORE DETAILS TO COME)

●The actual Crossing of the Yough will be held each day @ 1:00pm (Depending on the condition of the Youghiogheny.)

●(If the river is too high, swift and muddy, we will not attempt to cross.)

●We Will Have A Crossing (Weather Permitting) 

Saturday June 29th:
OPENING CEREMONY: 11:00AM

CROSSING: 1:00PM

Sunday June 30th
OPENING: 12:00PM

CROSSING: 1:00PM

Our Guests This Year:
-Tri Town Historical Society
-Redstone Rangers
-Valerie Skinner

-Shawn Baird (Rifleman)
-Julie Rossington
-The Homestead Bath House
-Stone Forge & Tissage
-Dunbar Historical Society

●Refreshments are available on site both days. The Historical Society has historical items for sale. Come to the River Crossing and support the Connellsville Area Historical Society.


Flag Day Picnic 

CONNELLSVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL JUNE FLAG DAY PICNIC

The Annual Flag Day Covered Dish Picnic of the Connellsville Historical Society will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at the Crawford Cabin site at 7th Street and the Youghiogheny River The picnic will begin at 6:00 pm. Everyone should bring a covered dish to share with those attending. The Society will provide the beverages. Please bring your own table service.

Our guests for the evening will include Scout Master Sam Kish of the Dunbar Boy Scout Troop 180. The troop will instruct us concerning the proper way to retire flags that should no longer be flown. Scout Master Kish is willing to take the retired flags of those in attendance and see to it that these flags are disposed of properly.

We will be signing up to assist the Historical Society with the Braddock’s Crossing of the Yough held on June 29-30; 2024. Member, please attend; visitors are welcome.

Karen Hechler, 724-628-5344


Annual Corn Roast

Wednesday, August 14th, 2024

The Connellsville Historical Society is planning for the Annual Corn Roast on Wednesday, August 14th, 2024, at 6:00 pm at Crawford’s Cabin located at the corner of N. 7th St. and Torrance Ave, Connellsville.

The menu includes: corn, hot dogs and sauerkraut, baked beans, fresh vegetables, dessert and soft drinks.

The cost is $7.00 per person.

To RSVP Call Karen Hechler, 724-628-5344
Reservations must be made by Saturday, August 3rd, 2024. You must bring your own table service to this event.

Anyone wishing to help set up for the event should be at Crawford Cabin by 1:00 pm on August 14th to husk corn and clean picnic tables.

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Name: Kyle Sepp Woods
Date: 02/10/2024
Message: Info on joining


Name: Simpson Jr Raymond R
Date: 02/09/2024
Message: Grew up in Leisenring # 1 ,,, Connellsville is home ,,,,


Name: Gary Overfield
Date: 01/06/2024
Message: Have an interest in Connellsville due to coal and the railroads. Also like the small town feel.


Name: Cheryl Beitzel-Barkey
Date: 01/21/2023
Message: I grew up going to Connellsville every year to visit my Aunt and Uncle, Pauline and Chelsie Eiford. They lived on Rock Ridge Rd. Some of my favorite memories are from Connellsville.


Name: Terry Ellen Ferl
Date: 10/05/2020
Message: The web site for your Society is very interesting and a great source for learning about the area. Congratulations on your upcoming new home, the Gibson House.


Name: Tom Latham
Date: 09/08/2020
Message: Hope someday I can visit the Crawford family cabin. Thank you


Name: Roger Buttermore
Date: 08/06/2019
Message: Looking for more info about Point of Rocks Cemetery and / or "Old Quaker graveyard" (Ellis, p. 393.


Name: Tom of the Yough
Date: 07/30/2019
Message: This is a great site

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