Charleroi AREA Historical Society, Inc.

Charleroi AREA Historical Society, Inc. A Historical Society, IRS approved Non-Profit, to help with Heritage-Tourism in designated Charleroi area. Volunteer based and operated. Thank you to everyone!
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Support our efforts and contact us today! Purpose

1. Organize, preserve, record all available historical information about the local area, early settlers, their achievements and contributions; record rise of early businesses and industries in photographs, records, and other memorabilia/items from the past in a permanent location (archives) so that it will be available for posterity.
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Support our efforts and contact us today! Purpose

1. Organize, preserve, record all available historical information about the local area, early settlers, their achievements and contributions; record rise of early businesses and industries in photographs, records, and other memorabilia/items from the past in a permanent location (archives) so that it will be available for posterity.
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Operating as usual

It is a journey of discovery!  Click the pics for more.
07/17/2021

It is a journey of discovery!
Click the pics for more.

;-) Lions, lambs .... perhaps a gold mine of discovery awaits!

07/16/2021

This #FlashbackFriday, we're highlighting what your commute to work might have looked like historically! The route in this shot traveled from Homestead to East Pittsburgh. While these open cars no longer run along Pittsburgh's streets, one open car does run at our museum. However, we definitely won't be recreating this particular photograph any time soon!

Photos from Charleroi American Legion Post 22's post
07/16/2021

Photos from Charleroi American Legion Post 22's post

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07/16/2021

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07/16/2021

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07/16/2021

A beautiful and spectacular view of the evening sky over Pittsburgh, by the talented and gifted photographer, Dave DiCello Photography .

Who knows how?https://community.hagerty.com/t5/hagerty-lounge/we-re-on-a-mission-to-get-more-people-shifting-gears/m-p/8...
07/15/2021
We’re on a mission to get more people shifting gears

Who knows how?
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Help us reach our goal of teaching 500 drivers in 50 days how to drive a manual! There’s nothing like driving a stick shift – feeling the gears change, connecting with the car and the road – and we’re on a mission to get more people experiencing that excitement. It all starts on National Sti...

Once upon a time .... Charleroi had many attractions .... And having 4 on-going theaters .... Was something that brought...
07/15/2021

Once upon a time ....
Charleroi had many attractions ....
And having 4 on-going theaters ....
Was something that brought in many ....
Among other such things that people ....
Gave time, money brought their families to ....
Back when, once upon a time ....
For more on Charleroi's theaters, go here: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/16377

Once upon a time ....
Charleroi had many attractions ....
And having 4 on-going theaters ....
Was something that brought in many ....
Among other such things that people ....
Gave time, money brought their families to ....
Back when, once upon a time ....
For more on Charleroi's theaters, go here: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/16377

Spencer's Garage in current day ....
07/15/2021

Spencer's Garage in current day ....

Spencer's Garage in current day ....

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07/14/2021

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07/14/2021

Pasta e Fagioli is back! Limited time

Once sat at the corner of 3rd and Fallowfield .... view taken from sitting on 3rd St. looking across Fallowfield Ave. to...
07/14/2021

Once sat at the corner of 3rd and Fallowfield .... view taken from sitting on 3rd St. looking across Fallowfield Ave. toward the East.

Once sat at the corner of 3rd and Fallowfield .... view taken from sitting on 3rd St. looking across Fallowfield Ave. toward the East.

07/14/2021

The Rehoboth Cemetery & Rehoboth Presbyterian Church; located at Belle Vernon, PA in Fayette County. This photograph courtesy of Jeffrey A. Stunja, for On The Road in Pennsylvania , July 13th, 2021. I hope you Enjoy! :) :) :)

Pleasant to see .... As you're walking along .... Green things a-growing .... And well-cared-for landscaping .... And al...
07/13/2021

Pleasant to see ....
As you're walking along ....
Green things a-growing ....
And well-cared-for landscaping ....
And also green mown lawns!
Thanks for the share!

Pleasant to see ....
As you're walking along ....
Green things a-growing ....
And well-cared-for landscaping ....
And also green mown lawns!
Thanks for the share!

One of the strongest, if not strongest built buildings in Charleroi, 2nd Street.  Charleroi has a top significant status...
07/13/2021

One of the strongest, if not strongest built buildings in Charleroi, 2nd Street.
Charleroi has a top significant status for its historical buildings/architecture that the USA can give.
National Register of Historic Places.
That is Charleroi's Museum, and always has been since it was established, when it was nominated by the State PHMC, and was then further officially accepted in 2007.

One of the strongest, if not strongest built buildings in Charleroi, 2nd Street.
Charleroi has a top significant status for its historical buildings/architecture that the USA can give.
National Register of Historic Places.
That is Charleroi's Museum, and always has been since it was established, when it was nominated by the State PHMC, and was then further officially accepted in 2007.

News - https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/department-of-labor-admits-it-overcharged-unemployed-pennsylvanians-millio...
07/13/2021
Department of Labor admits it overcharged unemployed Pennsylvanians millions of dollars

News -
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A bright spot that happened between all the hot, humid, stormy weather systems coming through.  (Thanks!)
07/13/2021

A bright spot that happened between all the hot, humid, stormy weather systems coming through. (Thanks!)

Where are you if you see this?  ;-)
07/13/2021

Where are you if you see this? ;-)

Where are you if you see this? ;-)

One example of some of the weather that has been flowing through our region lately ....
07/13/2021

One example of some of the weather that has been flowing through our region lately ....

Have a good night my fellow Pennsylvanian... This is the evening sky at my home in Fayette County, PA... This photograph courtesy of Jeffrey A Stunja, for On The Road in Pennsylvania , Monday, July 12th, 2021... I hope you enjoy! :) ;) :)

07/12/2021
More Mon River valley history ....
07/12/2021

More Mon River valley history ....

Fort Pitt was a fort built by British colonists during the Seven Years' War at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers, where the Ohio River is formed in western Pennsylvania (modern day Pittsburgh). It replaced Fort Duquesne, a French colonial fort built in 1754 as tensions increased between Great Britain and France in both Europe and North America.
* ( Background) Fort Duquesne, built at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers to form the Ohio River, was considered strategically important for controlling the Ohio Country, both for settlement and for trade. The English merchant William Trent had established a highly successful trading post at the forks as early as the 1740s, to do business with a number of nearby Native American villages. Both the French and the British were keen to gain advantage in the area.
As the area was within the drainage basin of the Mississippi River, the French had claimed it as theirs. They controlled New France (Quebec), the Illinois Country along the Mississippi, and La Louisiane (the ports of New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, and environs. In the early 1750s, the French began construction of a line of forts, starting with Fort Presque Isle on Lake Erie near present-day Erie, Pennsylvania, followed by Fort Le Boeuf, about 15 miles inland near present-day Waterford, and Fort Machault, on the Allegheny River in Venango County in present-day Franklin, Pennsylvania.
Robert Dinwiddie, Lieutenant Governor of the Virginia Colony, thought these forts threatened to the extensive claims to land in the area by Virginians (including himself) of the Ohio Company. In late autumn 1753, Dinwiddie dispatched a young Virginia militia officer named George Washington to the area to deliver a letter to the French commander at Fort Le Boeuf, asking them to leave. Washington was also to assess French strength and intentions. After reaching Fort Le Boeuf in December, Washington was politely rebuffed by the French. Following Washington's return to Virginia in January 1754, Dinwiddie sent Virginians to build Fort Prince George at the Forks of the Ohio. Work began on the fort on February 17. By April 18, a much larger French force of five hundred under the command of Claude-Pierre Pécaudy de Contrecœur arrived at the forks, forcing the small British garrison to surrender. The French knocked down the tiny British fort and built Fort Duquesne, named in honor of Marquis Duquesne, the governor-general of New France. The fort was built on the same model as the French Fort Frontenac on Lake Ontario.
Meanwhile, Washington, newly promoted to Colonel of the newly created Virginia Regiment, set out on 2 April 1754 with a small force to build a road to, and then defend, Fort Prince George. Washington was at Wills Creek in south central Pennsylvania when he received news of the fort's surrender. On May 25, Washington assumed command of the expedition upon the death of Colonel Joshua Fry. Two days later, Washington encountered a Canadian scouting party near a place now known as Jumonville Glen (several miles east of present-day Uniontown). Washington attacked the French Canadians, killing 10 in the early morning hours, and took 21 prisoners, of whom many were ritually killed by the Native American allies of the British.
The Battle of Jumonville Glen is widely considered the formal start of the French and Indian War, the North American front of the Seven Years' War.
Washington ordered construction of Fort Necessity at a large clearing known as the Great Meadows. On 3 July 1754, the counterattacking French and Canadiennes forced Washington to surrender Fort Necessity. After disarming them, they released Washington and his men to return home.
Although Fort Duquesne's location at the forks looked strong on a map—controlling the confluence of three rivers—the reality was rather different. The site was low, swampy, and prone to flooding. In addition, the position was dominated by highlands across the Monongahela River, which would allow an enemy to bombard the fort with ease. Pécaudy de Contrecœur was preparing to abandon the fort in the face of Braddock's advance in 1755. He was able to retain it due to the advancing British force being annihilated (see below). When the Forbes expedition approached in 1758, the French had initial success in the Battle of Fort Duquesne against the English vanguard, but were forced to abandon the fort in the face of the much superior size of Forbes' main force. The French held the fort successfully early in the war, turning back the expedition led by General Edward Braddock during the 1755 Battle of the Monongahela. George Washington served as one of General Braddock's aides. A smaller attack by Major James Grant in September 1758 was repulsed with heavy losses.
* ( Major James Grant ) Major Grant was assigned to lead an advance part of around 800 men to determine the French strength at Fort Duquesne. The force was mainly made up of militia, but he took along a number of officers from the regulars, since he had little respect for the colonial troops. He then decided to split his force hoping to encourage a French attack that he could surprise and overwhelm. Having no wilderness experience, he was ambushed himself by Indians and French on 14 September 1758. At this engagement, the Battle of Fort Duquesne, the British force was repelled with 342 men killed, wounded or captured. The prisoners consisted of Major Grant and 18 of his men. He was paroled soon after, and tried to blame his defeat on the failure of the colonial militia to follow orders. Today the location of Major Grant's attack on Fort Duquesne is Grant Street in Pittsburgh . After Grants defeat the French , and Indians placed the heads of the British attackers that were killed on poles along that area were Grant street is now to frighten the British from attacking again. The Treaty of Easton concluded on October 26, 1758, caused the remnants of the Lenape (Delaware), Mingo, and Shawnee tribes in the Ohio Valley to abandon the French, and set up the conditions that ultimately forced them to move westward once again. This collapse of Native American support made it impossible for the French to hold Fort Duquesne and the Ohio Valley. When the expedition neared to within a few miles of Fort Duquesne in mid-November, the French abandoned and blew up the fort. Three units of scouts led by Captain Hugh Waddell entered the smoking remnants of the fort under the orders of Colonel George Washington on November 24. General Forbes, who was ill with dysentery for much of the expedition, only briefly visited the ruins. He was returned to Philadelphia in a litter, and died not long afterward. The collapse of Indian support and subsequent withdrawal of the French from the Ohio Country helped contribute to the "year of wonders", the string of British 'miraculous' victories
* ( Fort Pitt ) The Fort Pitt Block House (sometimes called Bouquet's Blockhouse or Bouquet's Redoubt ) is a historic building in Point State Park in the city of Pittsburgh. It was constructed in 1764 as a redoubt of Fort Pitt, making it the oldest extant structure in Western Pennsylvania, as well as the "oldest authenticated structure west of the Allegheny Mountains".
* (Construction ) The Block House was constructed in 1764 as a defensive military redoubt. Henry Bouquet initiated the construction of a small number of redoubts around the outer walls of the fort as a way to reinforce its defense, of which only the Fort Pitt Block House survives.
* ( More History ) When Fort Pitt was demolished in 1792, the Block House was left untouched because it was already in use as a residence. The structure was converted into a private house in 1785 by Isaac Craig. In 1894, philanthropist Mary Schenley presented the deed to the Block House to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She did this specifically so that the structure might be preserved for future generations:
You are to preserve and keep this relic of a bygone past, and to gather and preserve all obtainable history and tradition in regard to it, and you are to beautify and adorn it and to make it the receptacle of relics bearing on the Colonial and Revolutionary periods of its existence.…I will therefore…leave the ladies of your Society, who have the history of western Pennsylvania at their finger ends, to tell the story of the chivalrous Frenchmen, cruel, crafty Indians, courageous British, and intrepid Colonists. It is fitting that this old landmark, rich in historic associations of more than a century ago, should fall into the hands of those who by birth, tradition, and sentiment are particularly fitted to receive and preserve it and perpetuate the memories of the days when it was occupied by the French and their Indian allies, and afterwards by the British and Colonial troops.
(However, the French had already abandoned control of the area when the blockhouse was built in 1764.)
Industrialist Henry Clay Frick purchased all of the land surrounding the Block House in 1902, shortly before Schenley's death. He offered the DAR $25,000 to move the Block House to Schenley Park; however, the DAR refused. Following lengthy litigation, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled in favor of the DAR and the Block House, enabling its continued preservation.
The structure has never been torn down, completely rebuilt, or moved during its centuries of existence. Much of its timbers, brick, and stone remain original to its 1764 construction.
* (Today ) Although the Block House resides within the boundaries of Point State Park, it is owned and operated by the Fort Pitt Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The DAR allows visitors to the park to tour the structure. The building is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places as being the sole surviving historical building in the "Forks of the Ohio (Site of Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt, Bouquet's Blockhouse)" historic place. It also has a historical marker issued by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is a Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation designated Historic Landmark. Click on this link for more information , and to view early Maps and illustrations of Fort Pitt . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Pitt_Blockhouse Information link # 2. Information link # 3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Grant_(British_Army_officer,_born_1720) Information link # 4 .http://www.ebay.com/itm/1908-Block-House-Pittsburgh-PA-Vintage-Postcard-A5-/301825669883 Information link # 5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbes_Expedition

Address

807 Fallowfield Ave
Charleroi, PA
15022

General information

The Society Administration Office # 724-483-4961. Also, it operates a Genealogy & History Research Center with archives at the Community section of the Charleroi Presbyterian Church. In addition, the Society owns and operates The Goaziou Print Shop located at 807 Fallowfield Avenue. Call for Special Tours! For more information - go to our website!

Telephone

(724) 483-4961

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Fundraiser items, such as history books, to support the cause and pursuits of heritage-tourism, promote Charleroi's Historic District that is listed on the US National Register as well as the earlier history of the surrounding area that was once known as part of Fallowfield Township. Please call 724-483-4961 for further information.

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Community AREA based Society - to help with Heritage-Tourism & Heritage Education in our area. We are an official Non-Profit, Charitable organization that interested parties can support by donations. Our Society also set up a Heritage-Tourism charitable fund with the Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) based in Washington, PA by which contributors can make donations. You can also visit the tourism facility, The Goaziou Print Shop, that is located at 807 Fallowfield Avenue by calling 724-483-6769 and make an appointment. :-) The CAHS, Inc., as an Official Exempted Charitable Tax-Exempt 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization listed in the State of Pennsylvania. Thank you for your attention to this important information! :-)

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So, you think Pittsburgh has three rivers? Native Americans and the French only counted two. If we only counted two, we could reasonably argue that the nation's biggest river passes through Pittsburgh! If you'd like to wade into those waters, check out "Let's Drive an Indian Path," the Youtube channel. It's free. It's only 9 minutes long.
So, you think Pittsburgh has three rivers? Native Americans and the French only counted two. If we only counted two, we could reasonably argue that the nation's biggest river passes through Pittsburgh! If you'd like to wade into those waters, check out "Let's Drive an Indian Path," the Youtube channel. It's free. It's only 9 minutes long.
Happy Father's Day to all the dad's on here...enjoy the day but be safe and will see you next year.....
Just posted another Wee Willie Davies article to my Pittsburgh boxing history page :-)
Let's Drive an Indian Path, the Youtube Channel Many Don't Know The Revoluionary War Drama Of Hanna's Town (near Greensburg) I'll tell you why. Won't you join me as I continue along an ancient Indian path? We know it as the PA Turnpike. It's Youtube, and it's free! Check it out:
Can we order some new flags for our veterans? The other counties in the areas have theirs up and they look amazing, but ours are so faded you can’t see most of them. I don’t mind paying for a new one for my dad.
I lived in Charleroi for 18 years loved the town. Left in 1977. What the Hhhhh e lll happened to the town. Stopped through the other day. Town gone to crap
Charleroi High School 1942 WPIAL Champions. Joe Butera is back row, third from right. Lou DiCarlo is #6 and Red Lowstuter is #10.