Online Outreach

Laid Back History
Every Other Tuesday

We are excited to announce a new online series—Laid Back History. Every Tuesday at 7:00pm, our executive director, Clay Kilgore, will be live on the Historical Society’s Facebook page telling a story from this region's past.
Join us and enjoy stories of Southwestern Pennslvania's past, as he shares the history and heritage of this region, one short story at time.
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Join Our Efforts to Preserve and Share the Rich History of Our Region

The Washington County Historical Society’s Education Outreach Department currently offers several outreach programs to Washington County Senior Centers, schools and organizations.
Cost: $35 for in-county tours, and $35 plus $0.58 per mile for out-of-county tours.

Digging for the Whiskey Rebellion

The Whiskey Rebellion, a renowned event in the early history of the United States, unfolded within the confines of Washington County. It was here that David Bradford, a distinguished lawyer and influential figure in the community, rallied local farmers to rise up against the federal excise tax imposed on whiskey, which was enacted in 1791. The rebellion was quelled by the intervention of Governor Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee of Virginia, a celebrated hero of the Revolutionary War and the father of General Robert E. Lee, a prominent figure in the American Civil War. Lee's decisive action involved leading federal troops into Washington and Allegheny counties. An annual festival now pays homage to this pivotal era in America's early existence, featuring historical reenactments, exhibitions showcasing the rich heritage and history, captivating street theater performances, a dedicated children's area, vibrant music, delectable cuisine, and a wide array of libations. Moreover, this grand occasion serves as a platform to draw national attention to the city, county, and the wider region.

Detecting Braddock’s Road

Braddock's Road was a historical route that connected Alexandria, Virginia, to Fort Duquesne (present-day Pittsburgh, PA) during the 18th century. It passed through various regions, including Alexandria and Winchester in Virginia, Cumberland in Maryland, and Uniontown in PA. While the original Braddock's Road no longer exists as a continuous route, several sections and landmarks associated with it can still be found in different parts of these states. The exact location and accessibility of these remnants may vary. Washington County Historical Society, located in Washington County, PA, is significantly involved with Braddock's Road. Washington County is one of the regions in Pennsylvania through which Braddock's Road passed. The historical society plays a vital role in preserving and promoting the county’s history, including its connection to Braddock's Road. They likely have extensive knowledge, resources, and archival materials related to the road's history within their collection.

Underground Railroad

As the organizer of the Underground Railroad in Western PA, Dr. LeMoyne was directly responsible for the movements of the many slaves that crossed the Virginia (now West Virginia) border into southwestern PA. While Dr. LeMoyne didn’t frequently house slaves himself, he did from time to time, especially those that required medical attention. However, so prominent was Dr. LeMoyne’s role as an abolitionist that John Brown corresponded with him on several occasions, even trying to recruit him for his infamous raid on Harper’s Ferry, possibly while he was staying in Chambersburg, PA. LeMoyne was also drafted on three different occasions as the Liberty Party’s nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania and once as its Vice Presidential candidate.
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