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The Connellsville Area Historical Society is based in the Gibson House

(217 W. Patterson Avenue, Connellsville, PA).
Built in 1818, the historic Gibson House was the home of John Gibson, an iron master. His home afforded him a view of Gibsonville (today the location of the stadium) above the smoke and noise of the iron furnaces. Today the Gibson House contains the museum and archival collection of the Connellsville Area Historical Society.

(2024 Update) The basement, which includes a fireplace, has now been Waterproofed to make it a truly useful storage area. There is much more work needed to make this sizable area serve our purposes.

In December, we accepted a grant from the GO Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau. Thanks to them we were able to waterproof the basement of the Gibson house to preserve it for many years to come.

Work on the basement wrapped up on 3/1/24.

Thank you D bug Waterproofing and Treasurer Ethan Keedy.

The grant was made possible due to lodging tax and the Fayette County, PA commissioners.

Thank you Commissioners Scott Dunn, Dave Lohr, and Vince Vicites for the opportunity to continue to build Fayette County and share our history with people from all over the world.

We're working to Educate/Preserve Connellsville history for current and future generations.

Ethan Keedy, our Treasurer, completed a grant form for the 2023 Laurel Highlands Hotel Tax Grant requesting financial help to make the use of the basement a reality.


Our historic home, the GIBSON HOUSE, has seen plenty of this community and nation’s history. When our country was only 42 years old in 1818, this very fine Georgian style home was built for the iron master’s family, the Gibson family, This well constructed house on the hill overlooking the Youghiogheny River has been home to numerous families until 2001 when a devastating fire did great damage to the home then owned and lived in by the Enderle family. In that same year, the Connellsville Area Historical Family purchased the damaged house and began the extensive work of restoring this house and turning it into the History Center to preserve the tremendously important history of the Connellsviile Area. We thought that we had lots of space in which to create the History Center of Connellsville but first the house needed a new roof and new chimneys. The interior had to be cleaned out after two fIres, and the walls needed to be plastered. The front door had to be restored to its former glory. A handicapped bathroom was installed so all visitors were accommodated; and a small kitchenette was added. The stairway and the woodwork had to be replaced.

The carpentry work was basically done by Art Graham, a master craftsman. He wrote me a letter thanking me for allowing him to replace the woodwork in the building, I had to write back and tell him that we were honored to have him do our woodwork because he was one of the best carpenters. The attic had to be made useful, windows replaced, air conditioning and heat added, etc. The small bedroom was turned into storage for out archival collections. Some rooms have been earmarked for special use, like the Harry Porter Military Room and the Nelda Kern Graham Display Room. We have filled up much of the space in the Gibson House.

We are also going to launch a city-wide appeal to the public to help us preserve and protect this amazing building, the Gibson House, which has been involved in most of the history of Connellsville Area. If you have ideas on how we can launch a fundraising campaign to be able to afford the many improvements that need to be done at the Gibson House location, please contact the Connellsville Historical Society at 217 West Patterson Avenue or call 724-628-5344. We need work done outside like a new wall along Patterson Avenue and good night lighting. The attic needs to be made into a useful spot for storage. There is always something that needs done just like the maintaining of your own home. It is never finally done. You can contact me also at 


Click on the link above (a new window will open) to view the stained glass window depicting the Mt. Vernon Iron Furnace placed in the Society's home - THE GIBSON HOUSE on West Patterson Avenue.  It was designed and crafted by Society Member and Fayette County Cultural Trust Executive Director Daniel Cocks.  The stained glass was purchased through Youghiogheny Opalescent Glass in Connellsville and Dan donated his skill, craftsmanship and time.  It was installed by Dan and Michael Edwards on Saturday, April 25, 2009.

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217 West Patterson Avenue
Connellsville, PA 15425

Phone: (724) 628-5344 (K. Hechler)

Phone: ‭(724) 603-3691‬ (S. Lewis)


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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:
Ms. Hess (Author) will share stories of this amazing woman, Sarah B. Cochran, and her great influence on local history


June 29th-30th, 2024


●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:

Sunday June 30th

●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.

Sign the Guest Book

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.

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

Name: Nancy Soisson-Glista
Date: 10/07/2008
Message: Looking for any history of the Wm. R. Soisson family line. I'd love to hear from lost cousins that knew my grandfather. He died in 1974 and I only remember meeting him one time.