The history of Fayette County in Pennsylvania, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 45 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from four hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print size adjusted to fit 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Source books include: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania (1843) by Sherman Day; An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1876) by William Egle, M.D.; Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State compiled by WPA writers; and My Pennsylvania, a 1946 project of the Bureau of Publications, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Some Information may be repeated in various excerpts, but often with a different slant or with additional details.) The communities mentioned include: Uniontown, Brownsville (Redstone), Bridgeport, Connellsville, Perryopolis, Bellevernon, New Geneva, Woodbridge, Haydentown, Smithfield, Monroe, Germantown, McClellandstown, New Salem, Merritstown, Middletown, Fayette City (Cookstown), New Haven, Masontown, Falls City, Dawson, Everson, Point Marion, Somerfield, Hopwood, and Broad Ford. The Day and Egle histories cover the early development of this area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. There is occasionally some duplication of material, but often with a different slant or with additional details. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Early Settlers, and their Life and Hardships; Geographic Features including Delayney's Cave; Christopher Gist (the Daniel Boone of Fayette County); George Washington's account of his activities near Uniontown; Fort Necessityand other forts; expedition of General Braddock; Braddock shot by one of his own men; "Tomahawk Rights" and "Laced Jackets"; Madison College; the Beeson Family; Bridge Disaster; James Bowman's Sketch of Brownsville; Captain Michael Cresap; a scrub Congress, a scrub Quaker and the Whiskey Rebellion; Col William Crawford; Glass Works at New Geneva; Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury under Jefferson; The National Road from Cumberland to Wheeling; the Fayette County Railroad; A. Overholt and Co. Distillery; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The recently added fourth book includes a 1940s map of the county, several photos and a concise update of the county's progress as it looked shortly after World War II. ILLUSTRATIONS include Braddock's Grave, Uniontown from the East, Brownsville and Bridgport from the National Road, View of Brownsville, Residence of Gallatin.
Fayette County, PA
Sources: History of Fayette County Pennsylvania; Compiled from Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania, An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Etc.
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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