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TO BE ANNOUNCED
COL. CRAWFORD STATUE

Welcome to the Connellsville Area Historical Society


Gibson House Museum and Archive HOURS:

The Gibson House is generally open Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Other days and times are by advance appointment. Wednesdays are preferred.

Open Saturdays, May 18th, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Have a research question? Please email our archivist at CAHSarchive@gmail.com

 Connellsville Area Historical Society Announcements 

CALLING

NANCY

WILLIAMS

Does anyone know NANCY WILLIAMS? WE RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING INQUIRY 11/2 from her:

Looking for father of Mahala Hatfield Nicholson (1831-1906.)

 

Mahala’s husband was Benjamin F. Nicholson, married in 1853. They have been mentioned as being in Bullskin and Connellsville. Some say her father was William, which is on her death certificate (mother’s name blank.) But by far most researchers say her father was Elias and her mother, Rosanna. Thank you for any assistance you can provide, Nancy

NANCY, YOUR EMAIL IS BROKEN. RETURN ADDRESS DOES NOT WORK. We have information for you if and when you see this.


EVENTS

Announcing the Fall, 2023 Pride in Connellsville Area Poster and Poetry Contest Winners

The purpose of this contest is to develop an interest in local history in students in grades 4-9. 
Students research an aspect of Connellsville Area history and then create a poem or poster 
illustrating that topic. Contest instructions and rules are provided to each public and private school in
the district. 

Winners were invited to a reception where they presented their projects, received their cash prizes, 
and enjoyed refreshments. This reception, which also serves as the Connellsville Area Historical Society's
November meeting, took place on November 15, 2023 at 6:30 pm, at the Connellsville Presbyterian Church. 
Students were photographed for the Daily Courier, and the winning projects appeared in the winter
issue of the Connellsville Crossroads magazine.

 COL. WILLIAM CRAWFORD'S CABIN AT YOUGH RIVER PARK  

    Col. William Crawford, outstanding local pioneer leader, was born in Virginia in 1732, the same year as his good friend, George Washington.  He came to this area in 1758, as an officer of the army of Gen. John Forbes as it marched westward in the second attempt to capture Fort Duquesne at the forks of the Ohio River.  Colonel Crawford was so impressed with the area, he decided to return once the Indian hostilities died down.

    He and his half-brother, Hugh Stephenson, came over the mountains in 1765 on horseback and decided once they reached the second crossing of the Youghiogheny River, at what was known as Stewart's Crossings, now Connellsville, that this was where he would bring his family to live.  He purchased 376 1/4 acres of meadow land in the bend of the river and took his family into the cabin in 1766.  Col. Crawford's name for his residence was originally "Spring Garden" but was widely known as "Crawford's Place" by the locals.  He also had a Spring House on his property, which was torn down in June of 1905.

    The Crawford family: the Colonel, his wife Hannah and their four children lived a very active life on the frontier.  The Crawford family was known for its hospitality.  Included among the visitors were George Washington and Lord Dunsmore, the Governor of Virginia.  In fact, George Washington taught Crawford the art of surveying when they were young men.  Col. Crawford surveyed and purchased land in the local area (Perryopolis) for George Washington.

    Colonel Crawford recruited soldiers for the Revolutionary War from his home on the banks of the Youghiogheny River.  These soldiers saw action in the battles of Long Island, Trenton and Princeton.

    Col. Crawford was with an expedition in 1782 to put down the hostile Indian tribes in what is now Ohio.  He got separated from his army and was captured by Delaware Indians.  He died a horrible death when he was burned at the stake in Upper Sandusky, Ohio on June 11, 1782. 

Colonel William Crawford

Colonel William Crawford

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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.


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: Patricia Dixon Filoni
Date: 06/17/2011
Message:  Nice site. Now know more. Will attend Crossing event on Sat. Did'nt know about the park.


Name: Ken & Linda Parkany
Date: 04/05/2011
Message: Thank you for preserving your city's history. Will have to visit personally as we're doing genealogy on Linda's family. 1900 census found her grandmother living there, age 3, one of ten kids and father employed as a 'day laborer'. We have many questions needing answered.


Name: colette secrest
Date: 10/16/2010
Message: hello. my name is colette secrest and i would like to join your mailing list because i love history and such. thank you.


Name: Lcpl Sherwood J.R
Date: 09/13/2009
Message: I grew up in connnellsville. Spent 20 years of my life there. While i was there i must admit i thought i hated it. But once i got out and have had a chance to see the world i realize we have a very special little city. There is nothing like it i've been too. I do miss it dearly but im sure im partial do to the fact that i grew up there. It's nice to get a little more history of our city. It would be nice if they would go more indepth in CAHS on the history of Connellsville. Can't wait to move back and maybe see some more history made.... Semper Fi


Name: Victoria Riste-Dillon
Date: 08/21/2009
Message: Iam the gggranddaughter of Catherine Freed Garver on one side and John and Sarah Sherrick Rist on the other. I would love to hear from anyone that knows the lines. I would like to find John Rist's dad who we think was John Rist married to Christina Strickler. Could have been married before. Thanks, Vikki


Name: Diana Mansberry
Date: 07/14/2009
Message: Just looking around to see Family History


Name: rhonda laughlin
Date: 07/02/2009
Message: looking for registration form for 5k


Name: Michael Quinn
Date: 03/06/2009
Message: Very impressive site. I grew up in Connellsville (West Side) but have lived here in Northern Virginia for 30+ years. Enjoyed the site.


Name: George John Prinkey
Date: 02/21/2009
Message: I am looking for information on the Prinkey family who are from Connellsville. Particularly George W. Prinkey who was living there in 1910 with his wife Loretta. In 1910 he was living under the name of Means.


Name: lmcswain@btes.tv
Date: 10/17/2008
Message: I am a descendant of swain family. old cyrus swain farm, etc. will share info with anyone searching that name there or Mt. Pleasant

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