Connellsville Area Historical Society

Connellsville Area Historical Society The page for the Connellsville Area Historical Society located in Connellsville, PA. The Gibson House is open Wednesdays and Saturdays 10:00-3:00

Operating as usual

09/11/2021

*September Meeting of the CAHS*

The September Meeting of the Connellville Area Historical Society will be held on Wednesday, September 15 at 6:00 pm at the Crawford Cabin (7th street and Youghiogheny River). There will be a business meeting. Following will there be a PowerPoint presentation including vintage photos of a car caravan taken by society members in 1976 along the Braddock Road. Also there will be photos of Ft Ligonier in the early 1960s when the fort was being reconstructed.

Light refreshments will be served. Historical society members are asked to attend and members of the public are always welcome. Come and enjoy the beauty if the Youghiogheny River and learn more about Connellsville and local history.

07/31/2021

The Connellsville Historical Society is planning the Annual Corn Roast for Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at the Crawford Cabin site. The event will begin at 6:00 pm, and will cost $6.00 per person. The menu will include: corn, hot dogs grilled or cooked in sauerkraut, baked beans, pasta salad, beverage and dessert. Bring your own table service.

We will reveal the 2021 Christmas ornament commemorating the 85 th anniversary of Johnny Woodruff’s Gold Medal performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Reservations are needed by Monday, August 9, 2021. You can pay at the event. Members and non-members are welcome to attend.

Karen Hechler, President
Connellsville Area Historical Society

06/23/2021

18TH ANNUAL BRADDOCK’S CROSSING OF THE YOUGH

The Connellsville Area Historical Society is making final plans for the 18 th Annual Braddock’s Crossing of the Yough on Saturday, June 26, 2021. The Opening Ceremony will begin at 11:00 am. The featured speaker will be John Joseph who recently began the project of making Robinson Falls on Falls Avenue in Connellsville more accessible for the public. The falls were along the Braddock Road which was cut to bring General Braddock's troops to Fort Duquesne in 1755.

There will be no major refreshment stand again this year. You may order a box lunch which will include a choice of a chicken salad croissant sandwich or a ham and cheese sandwich, pasta salad, cookie, beverage, and chips for $10.00.

Call 724-628-5344 to make lunch reservations. Lunch will be served at noon.

12/16/2020

The Gibson House will be closed on December 16th, 2020 due to a Winter Storm Warning. Normal hours will return on Saturday, December 19th.

Stay Safe. Stay Warm.

Ornaments are available at the Gibson House. If you are interested in purchasing an ornament please contact Karen Hechle...
10/21/2020

Ornaments are available at the Gibson House. If you are interested in purchasing an ornament please contact Karen Hechler at (724) 628-5344. Profits benefit the Connellsville Area Historical Society.

Ornaments are $23.32 (with tax)

07/22/2020

🌽 Annual Corn Roast

The Connellsville Historical Society will be hosting the Annual Corn Roast on Wed. August 12, 2020. at the Crawford Cabin Site at 6:00 pm. Due to COVID-19, we will have the event catered. You may order a box meal containing a corn ear, hamburger and baked beans or a box meal with a corn ear, hot dog and baked beans. Fresh vegetables will be available and soft drinks. Ice cream will be served as dessert. The price for the box meal and dessert will be $8.50. You will be able to purchase additional corn, hamburgers and hot dogs at an extra cost. All you are required to bring is your own table service. You need to call 724- 628- 5344 to make reservations by Sunday, August 9, 2020. The caterer will be ordering the supplies early Monday, August 10, 2020.

Karen Hechler, President
Connellsville Historical Society

04/04/2020

The April meeting, Wednesday, April 15, 2020, of the Connellsville Historical Society has been canceled at this time. We will attempt to reschedule at a later date.

Karen Hechler, President
Connellsville Historical Society

03/04/2020

The March meeting of the Connellsville Area Historical Society will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 7:00 pm at the Gibson House at 217 West Patterson Avenue. As part of our 50th

Anniversary of the Historical Society, everyone is asked to bring a memento of Connellsville history to share with those
in attendance. You could bring a historic photo, a souvenir of a Connellsville event, a family treasure with Connellsville connections, etc. The Society will share some recent gifts donated to the Historical Society.
Light refreshments will be served. New members are always welcome to the meetings. Come and get involved in the activities being planned for our 50th year and into the future. Be part of preserving the history of the Connellsville Area.

Karen Hechler, President
Connellsville Area Historical Society

01/25/2020

Hello all!

The Gibson House will be closed on January 25th due to shortage of staff.

09/14/2019

CONNELLSVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S SEPTEMBER OUTING

The Connellsville Historical Society is going on a field trip to Fort Ligonier for the September meeting. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 18. We will be leaving Connellsville around 12:15 PM to arrive in Ligonier by 1:00 PM We hope to car pool to Ligonier, and will be meeting at the parking lot for Brooks' Funeral Home. Several events will be included in our outing to the fort. We will be met by reenactors in period costumes. Participants will be involved in three short programs, visit the lower and upper fortifications, tour the museum, and visit the gift shop. We will leave the fort around 4:30 PM and proceed to Carol and Dave's Roadhouse at 122 North Market Street in Ligonier for dinner. The cost at the fort will be $15.00 per person, and dinner is at your own expense Please call 724-628-5344 to
make reservations by Monday, September 16. If you are willing to drive some of our members, please contact 724-628-5344 as soon as possible. The number we can transport will be based on the space we have in the drivers' cars.

Karen Hechler, President
Connellsville Area Historical Society

09/11/2019

The Gibson House will be closed today. Our archivist is assisting with memorial programs at Flight 93 National Memorial.

🇺🇸We will never forget.🇺🇸

Kids’ Activities!!!Come on down to the Crossing for some 18th Century crafts! -  cut a ‘Betsy Ross’ star-  take a ‘Colon...
06/30/2019

Kids’ Activities!!!

Come on down to the Crossing for some 18th Century crafts!
- cut a ‘Betsy Ross’ star
- take a ‘Colonist’ Selfie
- write with a quill
- make a ‘wampum’ bracelet

06/29/2019

Have a care! Fire!

The Gibson House (217 w. Patterson Ave., Connellsville) and Crawford’s Cabin (Yough River Park) are stops along the Conn...
06/29/2019

The Gibson House (217 w. Patterson Ave., Connellsville) and Crawford’s Cabin (Yough River Park) are stops along the Connellsville Area Garden Club Tour!

Stop by and learn about the flora!

Stop in to the 16th Annual Braddock’s Crossing of the Yough encampment!The Red-stone Rangers will be firing artillery an...
06/29/2019

Stop in to the 16th Annual Braddock’s Crossing of the Yough encampment!

The Red-stone Rangers will be firing artillery and demonstrating butter making. We have several demonstrators on site demo-ing blacksmithing, cooking and MORE!

Good Morning, Everyone!  Welcome to Day 1 of The 16th Annual Braddock’s Crossing of the Yough!!Unfortunately we won’t be...
06/29/2019

Good Morning, Everyone! Welcome to Day 1 of The 16th Annual Braddock’s Crossing of the Yough!!

Unfortunately we won’t be able to cross today. The Youghiogheny River is muddy and moving too fast for a safe crossing.

Fingers crossed 🤞 for tomorrow!

06/12/2019

The 🇺🇸Annual Flag Day Picnic🇺🇸 of the Connellsville Area Historical Society will take place on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the Balsley Pavilion at Crawford's Cabin, 7th Street and the Youghiogheny River in Connellsville. Members are to bring a covered dish to share and table service for themselves. The Society will provide drinks for the event. Come and enjoy the evening at our beautiful location next to the Youghiogheny River.
New members are always welcome. Bring a covered dish, and joing us at Crawford's Cabin. There will be discussion of the coming 16th Annual Braddock's Crossing on June 29-30, 2019. Help is needed at this event. We will also discuss the Dinner-lecture being held at the Connellsville Canteen on Friday, June 28, 2019 featuring Dr. David Preston, leading historian on the Braddock defeat in 1775.

Hello, Everyone!Due to staff shortage the Gibson House and Archive will be open from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Normal hours wil...
05/15/2019

Hello, Everyone!

Due to staff shortage the Gibson House and Archive will be open from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Normal hours will resume on Saturday, May 18 (10:00am to 3:00pm).

01/19/2019

Due to winter weather the Gibson House will be closed today January 19, 2019.

The Gibson House will reopen on January 23, 2019.

Stay warm!!!

10/10/2018

TODAY: The October meeting of the Connellsville Area Historical Society will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the historic Gibson House at 217 West Patterson Avenue beginning at 7:00 PM. Each person attending is requested to bring a historic item that represents Connellsville history to share with the group. This should result in a wide variety of items. Come and join us for an interesting evening as we share our stories. Who knows what new information will be uncovered.

Light refreshments will be served. Carmie Porter and Louisa Clawson will be serving as the refreshment committee. You do not have to be a member of the Historical Society to attend. New members and visitors are always welcome. Come and get involved in Connellsville history.

08/18/2018

The Connellsville Area Historical Society will be visiting the Coal and Coke Museum located in the library on the Penn State Fayette County Campus on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. We will meet at the Penn State library at 4:30 PM to begin our tour. We will be on campus until 6:00 PM Then we will meet at Keedy's Pizzaria for dinner. If you wish to attend, call 724-628-5344, by Monday, Septermber 10, 2018, with your reservations for the tour and dinner. You may chose to join us at both places or opt to join us for one of the choices.

New members and visitors are always welcome. Get involved and learn more about our local history.

Karen Hechler, President

Connellsvilole Area Historical Society

07/04/2018

Happy 4th of July!!!

06/23/2018

Redstone Rangers - canon firing demonstration

Good Morning!Unfortunately, we won’t be able to cross the Youghiogheny River today, Saturday June 23. The river is muddy...
06/23/2018

Good Morning!

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to cross the Youghiogheny River today, Saturday June 23. The river is muddy and is moving too quickly.

05/12/2018

Dedication of the Harry Porter Military Room

05/09/2018

Good Morning!

Our archivist’s adventures in jury duty continue this week. Due to her absence the Gibson House will be closed today May 9th.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Gibson House and archive will be open on Saturday May 12th.

05/02/2018

Good Morning!

Our archivist has been selected for jury duty. Due to her absence the Gibson House will be closed today May 2nd.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Gibson House and archive will be open on Saturday May 5.

03/21/2018

Due to winter weather the Gibson House will be closed today March 21, 2018, and the meeting scheduled for tonight has been cancelled.

Our next meeting will be on April 11th at 7:00pm.

Hope to see you there!!

03/14/2018

Good Morning!

March Meeting of the Connellsville Area Historical Society

The March meeting of the Connellsville Area Historical Society will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Gibson House at 217 W. Patterson Avenue, Connellsville, PA. Several topics will be discussed, Our guest speaker will be Shirley J. Rosenberger, co-owner of Appalachian Creativity Center. Shirley will discuss some creative uses for Historical Society land along the banks of the Youghiogheny River. Come and listen to her suggestions, and perhaps, offer some of your own. We will also discuss the possibility of writing a history of Connellsville area geared for use by school aged children of the local public and private schools. We need people with knowledge of all aspects of our history. This is your chance to offer your suggestions and idea.

Light refreshments will be served. You do not have to be a member of the Society to attend. New Members are always welcome.

Karen Hechler, President
724-628-5344

02/28/2018

Hello All!

Due to medical/personal reasons the Gibson House will not be open on Wednesday, February 28th.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience this closure will cause.

To makeup the missed day, the Gibson House will be open on Friday, March 2nd! (Normal operations: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10AM to 3PM will resume on March 3rd).

12/30/2017

Due to winter weather, the Gibson House will be closed today (December 30, 2017).

Stay safe and keep warm.

12/02/2017

Happy December!! Where has 2017 gone?!

It’s a Connellsville Christmas!!

Dan Kelly (fiddler) will be at the Gibson House from 1:00 to 3:00pm today (2 December 2017). Stop by and say hello.

10/11/2017

The October meeting of the Connellsville Area Historical Society will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the historic Gibson House at 217 West Patterson Avenue. Originally the meeting was planned for October 11th, but had to be changed. The speaker for the evening is Matthew Gault, Assistant Director of Education at Fort Ligonier. His topic will be: "The Impact of the French and Indian War on Our Nation's History." The discussion will be in the form of a powerpoint presentation. Please come and participate in this program for the French and Indian War began in our area. This war had a major impact on the history of the United States.

07/04/2017

Happy Independence Day!!!! ❤️🇺🇸 #FourthofJuly

Photos from Connellsville Area Historical Society's post
06/24/2017

Photos from Connellsville Area Historical Society's post

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217 W Patterson St
Connellsville, PA
15425

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Wednesday 10am - 2pm
Thursday 10am - 3pm

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This appeared in the Greensburg Tribune, September 3, 1946. It was difficult to read in its original form, so I edited it into two photos.
Any info or old photos of the house along the bike trail, across from the Comfort Inn? Loooks like it’s being torn down but would love to see photos of it in its heyday.
Connellsville is a wonderful place to grow up and raise your children.
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I'm curious are there any pictures of this old house before it was abandoned?
Hi, Does anyone know of a picture of Isaac Meason, that I could use in an article on Antebellum Fayette County. Thank you
Hello, This may be a long shot, but I am writing a book on the history of the Boy Scouts of America in Fayette County before the 1950s and am wondering if any of the following names are noteworthy or if there are any leads to them or a relative. Also, anything related to the Umpah Lodge or Society that existed in the early 1920s would be great. I am looking for photos, stories, patches, or really anything that can move the story along. The names are: Arthur Crichton (Uniontown) William Liptrat (Fayette City) Raymond Randolph (Connellsville) Oscar Tissue (Connellsville) Merle Searingen (Brownsville) Francis Patterson (West Brownsville) George Clark (Belle Vernon)
The Connellsville Area Historical Society has NEW copies of The Centennial History of the Borough of Connellsville. THESE MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS. If you are interested in purchasing please contact me. I am willing to work with you to arrange local pickup and this benefits both you and the Historical Society. $30 plus shipping For full description see https://www.ebay.com/itm/123988469604
The Connellsville Area Historical Society has NEW copies of some of the wonderful vintage books they have had reprinted over the years. If you are interested in purchasing please contact me. I am willing to work with you to arrange local pickup and this benefits both you and the Historical Society. For full description see https://www.ebay.com/itm/123957735577
Interested in local genealogy? Here is a great event to attend.
QUERY: POINT OF ROCKS CEMETERY vs OLD QUAKER GRAVEYARD — SAME PLACE, DIFFERENT NAMES? I've been digging (pun intended), without much success. "The Old Quaker graveyard, embracing about one-fourth of an acre of ground, substantially inclosed by a stone wall, is located on the high bank of the river, in the northwest corner of the borough. It was donated by the Gibson family, Quakers, for the user of that sect. Burials commenced in it before the year 1800, and nearly as early as those in the ground donated by Mr. Connell. Members of the Gibson, Rogers and other early Quaker families have been interred within its inclosure. The last burial in this ground was Joseph Paull [(1808-1880)]. son of Col. James Paull."* Ellis,F.L.1882 (ed.) History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania : with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co., p. 393 But then it gets confusing because in the booklet by Paull, Elisabeth Maxwell, 1936. Paull-Irwin : a family sketch. Baltimore, Md.: T.A. Munder, it says: — "Joseph Paull … removed to Connellsville in 1873 … died February 14, 1880, at the age of seventy-two, and was buried in Hill Grove Cemetery, Connellsville”. I visited PoR (not much remains, hah-hah) in 2014; don't recall a "stone wall", but a high cliff, yes. The Buttermore Pump Station site is just to the right of the cliff foot. Just want to make sure that I'm correct in calling them the 'same'. I do have Della Fisher Regan's headstone inscription booklet and Ellis' hard copy which I bought from CHS many, many years ago. Any help, hints, tips much appreciated. Willing to reimburse someone for their time, if that's what it takes! Thank you, Roger Buttermore 925.787.2131 [email protected] *[Col James Paull was badly wounded in the battle of "Crawfords Defeat". His children were: James Paull Jr. (1781-1856) George Paull (1785-1830) John Paull (1789-1857) Archibald Paull (1793-1854) Thomas Paull (1799-1855) William Paull (1801-1847) Martha Ann Irwin Paull (1805-1880) Joseph Paull (1808-1
A new railroad is coming to Connellsville. Well not really! But if this was 1883 a new line was surveying down along Mounts Creek from Laurelville and would run up Whites Creek as seen in this comparison map. This is a pocket surveyor's page from their book showing the center line in the book as the South Pennsylvania Railroad just north of Connellsville. placed another newer map of the same spot to compare the two.