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TO BE ANNOUNCED
COL. CRAWFORD STATUE
 BRADDOCK'S CROSSING 

THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR
The War for Empire

    France and Great Britain were the two European super powers of the mid 1700s.  Both countries wanted to control as much land in the world as possible.  In North America, the French controlled Canada, and the British were located in the 13 Colonies along the Atlantic coast.

    In 1753, this area along the Youghiogheny River was inhabited by native Americans of the Iroquois, Delaware, and Kanhawhas tribes.  The river made the area particularly attractive to French trappers trading for furs with the Indians.  The English, who had been content to stay east of the Appalachians prior to the 1750s, were now looking for fresh, cheaper land and fur trade also.

    The French attempted to control the rivers and lakes of the interior of North America because they served as natural highways for their fur trade with the natives.

    Our area, here in the Ohio Valley, was claimed by several colonies, Virginia being the most dominant.  In an attempt to determine French involvement in the Ohio Valley, Governor Dinwiddie of Virginia sent Major George Washington to find the French and deliver a message for them to leave this British land.  Along with local pioneer, Christopher Gist, Washington traveled through our area in 1753 - 1754.  Washington returned to the area in the spring and summer of 1754, where the incident at Jumonville precipitated the French and Indian War.

    To drive the French out of the Ohio Valley, a British army under the command of Major General Edward Braddock achieved "mission Impossible" and brought a large force of British and colonial troops along with artillery and wagons through the wilderness.

    On the way to Fort Duquesne at the forks of the Ohio, Braddock's army crossed the Youghiogheny River at Stewart's Crossings (Connellsville) on June 29-30, 1755.  The army spent two days here in Connellsville, and on the second day, they baked bread for the last time before the attack on the French.  The attack resulted in a major defeat for the British army.

This historic year of 2024 will be the Connellsville Historical Society's 21st Annual Braddock's Crossing of the Yough Event.

 This year's celebration to be held on Saturday, June 28th , at the Crawford Cabin site.  The event will begin at 11:00 am with an Opening Ceremony.  There will be re-enactors available to interact with and gain knowledge of life here when this was the frontier region of our country.  We will also celebrate 54 years of preserving Connellsville history.  Volunteers are always welcome.

   

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1st CITY IN FAYETTE COUNTY, PA

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: Janet L. Mancini
Date: 10/01/2008
Message: I am doing research on The Children's Home my twin brother John and I were placed in 1957. My birth mother placed us there and died within a few days. We were 4 years old. 11 months later we were adopted into a good home. I have many photos and archives from the home on 141 Oakland Avenue, Uniontown, PA. The first home opened on Highland Ave in 1916. The second in 1917. The 141 Oakland Ave Home closed in July 1958. Anyone interested please contact the Connellsville Historical society.


Name: jean custer
Date: 09/16/2008
Message: looking for cross's who lived in your town


Name: Brian L. Cypher
Date: 06/21/2008
Message: A first class endeavor, keep up the good work.


Name: JERRY ASSAD
Date: 06/19/2008
Message:  I SENT A MESSAGE ON THE SITE. SORRY


Name: Jim Robbins
Date: 06/05/2008
Message: I am researching the Robbins family that lived in Fayette county in the 19th/20th centuries. Visited Uniontown last year and plan to visit Connellsville in 2008


Name: joel abramson
Date: 05/06/2008
Message: Thank you for sharing Connelsville history. My Grandmother lived at 604- 8th Street. Many of the postcards she was sent were simply mailed to Sara Rubin, Connelsville with no address and naturally no zip card. I even did an oil painting of a scene that looked like Pittsburgh Street, that was given to the Cadison's of Punxatawny. 55joelsart@comcast.net


Name: Donna (McClain) Colucci
Date: 03/26/2008
Message: Hi, I was born in Connellsville in 1946. My grandmother owned and operated a general store on So. Pittsburgh St. in So. Connellsville for many years. Her name was Olive Lee, she was known to all the children in the neighborhood as Mrs. Lee. They came daily with their 5 or 10 cents to pick out penny candy from her window display case.

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