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COL. CRAWFORD STATUE
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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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THE History Of Connellsville Streetcars

Historical Society Member Ed Demuth will host a history of Connellsville street cars. 
at the Connellsville Canteen Monday April 29th from 5:30pm-7pm
Reservations are $10 per person
RSVP 724-603-2093
Only 50 Spots Available!


The Unexpected Life of Sareh B. Cochran      SOLD OUT

Friday June 28th @5:30pm-9:00pm

Our Most recent addition to the Crossing weekend is a Dinner-Lecture calling attention to a local historical event or person held Friday evening before the week-end event at Crawford’s Cabin site.

This event will require a reservation.
Amount is $35/ per person
DINNER is Included

This year, 2024, will be the third Dinner-Lecture bringing an acknowledged historian to Connellsville as the kick-off event of the annual Braddock’s Crossing week-end.
This year the speaker will be Kimberly Hess, author of A LESSER MORTAL:
THE UNEXPECTED LIFE OF SARAH B. COCHRAN.
Ms. Hess (Author) will share stories of this amazing woman, Sarah B. Cochran, and her great influence on local history


THE 21ST ANNUAL BRADDOCKS CROSSING

June 29th-30th, 2024

(MORE DETAILS TO COME)

●The actual Crossing of the Yough will be held each day @ 1pm (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) (More Details To Come)

Saturday June 29th:
OPENING CEREMONY: 11AM

Sunday June 30th
OPENING: 12PM

●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.


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Name: john's grandma
Date: 03/08/2016
Message: I am an old lady


Name: Cool Kids
Date: 02/08/2016
Message: this is good


Name: Kimberly Rummer-Farley
Date: 01/12/2016
Message: So glad to have found your site. I have relatives from Connellsville.


Name: Thomas Lieb
Date: 08/10/2015
Message: Related in some ways to the Soisson Family that settled in Connellsville. Joseph, I believe, was in the brick industry.


Name: Hank Stansbury
Date: 07/11/2015
Message: Am looking for data on Henry Logan, mother's family. 1900 census has his family at 508 W Gibson Av. He's buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery with wife Elizabeth and son. Very nice site you have here.


Name: Janet Brooks Koozer
Date: 09/29/2014
Message: I am interested in any information of the Brooks/Seltzer families. Also- Burch/Gray, Burch/Cole and Cole/Shuff families. Janet Brooks Koozer redduck38@yahoo.com


Name: Beverly Critchfield Moschetti
Date: 09/29/2013
Message: Thank you for writing this book. I can't wait to order it.


Name: Pat Bittinger
Date: 04/28/2013
Message: I lived in So.Connellsville and graduated from CAHS in 1971. Love the history of our towns. I'll have to stop in my next visit to Connellsville.


Name: Pam Bartholomai
Date: 04/22/2013
Message: sORRY i HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO MAKE IT TO ANY MEETINGS.i'LL SEE YOU AT THE RIVER CROSSING.

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